After a family wedding, a  fabulous Christmas and three weeks spent in sunny Ecuador, South America, I wouldn’t say that familia Dunford Castro were aching for the grey skies of Inglaterra, but we were certainly looking forward to seeing our beloved Chihuahua, Hercules. So much so in fact that just two days after our return […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

What could be more wonderful than the first time you get to play in the snow? We live in an area of Britain that gets very little snowfall, and the little we do get rarely settles and melts soon afterwards. Early this year my little boy Rafael got his first taste (quite literally) of a […]

The Bag Lady of Chiswick

For many years now when travelling to London, I have chosen to park the car in Chiswick and take the tube into London from either Turnham Green, or Stamford Brook tube station. When we catch the tube at Stamford Brook we park the car in Welstead Way car park, just a few minutes walk from the […]

The Last Lesson

The Last Lesson – 100 Words “No ma Cherie, the house is empty,” he’d smiled. “But you said…” she’d begun, puzzled. “inhabité, en Francais, unlike the English inhabited,” he had lectured, “means uninhabited. It is what we call les faux amis – false friends. They appear similar but their meaning is different.” After ten years his student, the worm was ready to turn. […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – One

Weekly Photo Challenge – One This week, we want to see photos that focus on one thing. Maybe you’ve got a stark photo of a single tree silhouetted against the setting sun, or a lone sandpiper wandering the beach as waves crash. Perhaps you’ve caught your mother sitting by herself in a moment of quiet […]

Happy Christmas!

When is the right time to say Happy Christmas? Is it the 1st December, Christmas Eve, or even Christmas Day? The kids are already well into their advent calendars (my youngest is already up to the 16th December!) so I think I will put our Christmas pic out there to hopefully bring a smile to […]