Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Holy Mess

It has all gone horribly wrong. My attempts to unravel the mystery of Doris Brazil’s yuletide mail drop and the whereabouts of my own JP2 bottle opener (missing since before the Catholic church fell into international disrepute–a fact which may … Continue reading

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Diet dilemmas

Oh dear oh dear. I bought three size sixteen dresses today–and then came home and ate Hansel’s fried shrimp with honey hot sauce and some cheesecake that Gretel brought home from the bakery. I am now drinking a glass of … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Papal Package

You may have seen my recent letter to Doris Brazil, an elderly retailer in the South of England with whom I have a sort of 84 Charing Cross Road relationship. She sends me slow-moving items from her Ladies Wear store … Continue reading

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Jumping Joseph: A Christmas Miracle?

Driving Gretel to work this morning at 7:45 I noticed that all was not well with the Holy Family who have set up their stall outside the Baptist church. Joseph had keeled over as though intoxicated and Mary wore a … Continue reading

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Dark Intrigue Surrounds Doris Brazil

Dear Doris, Thanks for your thank-you note which arrived today. I am glad to see that the Appleton Marsh Post Office has finally got the hang of airmail. The note, and your recent blog post actually caused me some alarm … Continue reading

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The Lesson of the Leftovers: A Reading for Christmas Week

Leftovers are a Christmas blessing. This morning I had a generous schmeer of the goat’s cheese from yesterday’s cheese board with a slice or two of Irish fruit bread someone gave me as a gift. Everyone knows it is virtuous … Continue reading

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Really, it’s no trouble at all

I have friends coming for dinner later and am feeling defeated by the amount of potatoes I will need to peel. I rather dread the preparation of the sprouts. There are no plans to iron a tablecloth. There is no … Continue reading

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Feasting for Beginners

Christmas dinner was held a couple of days early to accommodate Gretel’s work schedule–bakery counters are busy in the run up to the big day. Hansel’s ham was a triumph as were his pigs in blankets this morning. All agreed … Continue reading

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Gifts worth having

Arose this morning to find that the lovely Ms. Monroe had pulled a Martha Stewart stunt in my front yard. Marilyn put up her pickles on a ladder hand painted pink and there it was in front of the window … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings from the Blarney Band

Quite my favorite Christmas card of the season was handmade by my Belfast aunt. She hand-stitched candles, holly leaves, berries and flames on to some beautiful rugged paper using glittering thread, and tiny beads. Inside, my Uncle hand wrote a … Continue reading

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