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 […]


Having just managed to connect to the internet through tethering to my sister-in-law’s iPhone I am a little bit late to the party, but I couldn’t resist this week’s photo challenge when I saw the title. We are staying in Punta Blanca, Ecuador, having travelled to South America for a family wedding and we are […]

In the company of ghosts

Brian Orman 04/03/1934 – 11/05/2014 Today at 3pm, compelled by love, respect, compassion and duty, a family came together. Like so many seeds scattered on the wind we have each blown our separate ways, to land where we will and set down our own fragile roots. Years pass, relationships blossom and develop and others, once […]

Daily Prompt: Moved to Tears

Daily Prompt: Moved to Tears by michelle w. on August 10, 2013 Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful. What is it that we find beautiful? Beautiful is such a subjective word that it’s meaning and range are defined uniquely for each and every one of us. I have a story […]

Daily Prompt: Bone of Contention

Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that. I have given this post a little thought, not so much […]

Good out of Evil

Wednesday was the day of our annual family portrait. When I say annual, I really mean the inaugural annual family portrait, of which I will speak more presently. It’s funny how one event can spark another. In November we were burgled – a horrible event – which cost us far more than the value of […]