Category Archives: family

Letter home from our guest editor and grandson of Bungalow lil. Working with European refugees.

George is the guest editor in today’s blog, describing his experience as a student, aged 22, helping out at “The Jungle” in Calais, France. This is an unofficial refugee camp on the other side of the sea from England.   It … Continue reading

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Road trip to Turkey with Bungalow Lil.

Turkey will be a doddle: Well, we’re off.   First stop Loulie’s in London which gives us a day to Gatwick to catch the plane from Yorkshire. Always better to be sensible about time.  Fleur squeaks loudly that we dont need … Continue reading

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Molly: Essays on ageing

For those who have been following Lils occasional essays on ageing, care homes and other themes so little written about. Tender and observational they are a delight. find them in the categories “essays on old age”. Mollie had beautiful breasts … Continue reading

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Jumbo. Memories of a first wife by Lil.

Born 13th December 1936 Died 5th November 2015-11-18 There was a melancholy to the blaze of Autumn colours, the dried grass whispered quietly, the nettles died back gently, Jumbo opened his eyes, smiled and breathed his last.   The pheasants, at … Continue reading

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The Wonders of a Spring Walk in the Yorkshire Dales. by fb

The surprise of realising that the end of winter has arrived came upon me quite gloriously whilst walking down a river side path along the Ure. The early wild flowers are springing up, and the flower bracts of Elm trees … Continue reading

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Dogs.

I always swore I would never write about dogs. Yet the more I write, the more dogs creep in. My mother’s novels also describe dogs.  Their personalities and the relationships they have with humans pepper her stories. Yet she would … Continue reading

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A cold lesson in checking the oil tank more often fb

The cold slowly seeps in to my bones as it becomes obvious that we have no heat. We have run out of oil, and the man won’t deliver till Wednesday at the earliest.  The joys of living in an off … Continue reading

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Darkness Descends, and the Bungalow is closed. By Fleur

The lights go, darkness descends as the primeval  wind whips round the house and the sleet bashes down on the windows.   English weather, for which our houses are not prepared.  Built over a hundred years ago, with the earliest factory … Continue reading

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Christmas highlights. The benefits of walking and good humour and why a shared mother and daughter blog works. By Fleur

It is the 28th of December. That strange period after Christmas and before New Year when it is considered still socially acceptable to drink a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream at lunch time, with ham and cabbage soup, and a … Continue reading

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Companionship. Lil and Fleur walk and talk. by fb

A bright cold crisp December, a desperate spaniel, and mum in the village. What a good recipe for a walk.  The smell of the winter has descended on the fields as we natter on, trudging slowly through the dying grass … Continue reading

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