Making plans for summer

Dear Sam,   Welcome home! Your enticing Postcard from Los Angeles has started me thinking about the holidays, so I think it's time to sign off for our summer break from our regular blog posts for a few weeks, until we're back on September 6th. In the meanwhile, there'll still be plenty for our readers on…

A postcard from Liguria

Dear Sam,   I enjoyed reading about the difference the Free Rice game has made to so many children and it was nice to start September with some good news! Boat trips, food and sunshine... For us, since W left school, the autumn has become a time to take a break and, you're quite right that…

Breathing space

Pink lemonade in a glass jug wiht a vase of pink flowers

Dear Sam,   Yes, it certainly has been very hot here, too, so I was grateful for your tip for reviving tired bees .  I needed to put it into action when I found an exhausted bumble bee in our kitchen; I gave it some of the sugar solution on a teaspoon and after a few…

Looking back, moving forward

Dear Sam,   Well, what a tonic it was to spend time with good friends! Oxford was looking glorious, with the college gardens and parks at their most colourful, and I loved seeing the profusion of roses everywhere. As well as reminiscing about our student days, it was wonderful to look ahead and make some…

A postcard from Florence

Car on road among trees in Italy

Dear Sam,   Ciao from Florence! We're here for a few days to explore and enjoy some sunshine, good food and gelato.  I'll take your advice and avoid plastic by choosing a cornet in place of a tub! When I go on holiday, I like to take a book that suits the destination, so before we…