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It was Easter recently and along with Easter comes all of the tradition and ritual that you would expect from a displaced Greek family.  We have always celebrated Easter in a major way, and as children attended Church more often than the priests around this time of year.  I have stopped the church attendance part but everything else is present and accounted for.

So a traditional Easter will include the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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So it’s the same every year, we start to talk about Christmas and all of the things that need to be done in advance.  We were going to be 19 for Christmas lunch this year, and as a result, I had to rearrange the house. Furniture had to be taken apart and then put back together again.  Chairs had to be procured.  Crockery and cutlery had to be sourced, and some items of furniture had to be relocated.  Everything that had to be relocated ended up in my room, which made moving around in the dark an exciting and sometimes painful experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

It’s true, I admit it, towards the end of 2014 I fell off the writing wagon.  It’s not that I didn’t have anything to write about, it’s just that I stopped having the (or rather – making the) time to write.  I know you aren’t all out there waiting with bated breath, but I feel like I let myself down.  Still though that was last year.  This year will be different, I can feel it. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael McIntyre says that the moment the last firework has gone off on November 5th, all the women in the UK start to think about Christmas.  They make lists, mental or physical and then they start to put together a plan of action.  This year I came to the lists part late, but there is a constant list running in my mind.  People talk about the ‘build-up to Christmas’, friends complain about the endless round of Christmas parties, I basically countdown to my parents’ arrival for an extended stay.  How many days do I have left to make the flat as presentable as possible?    The truth is it will never pass muster.  There is no situation in which my Dad arrives into the flat and says: 

“Well done, this is perfect, I applaud your good taste and I couldn’t have done it better myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

The tree was being delivered on Friday, and it was one of those slots that was vague enough to be entirely unhelpful.  Not morning or afternoon, not 7am-4pm, or 9-6pm just Friday.  The man had called me two days previously and told me to go and get my tree stand and measure its diameter so that he could make sure he wasn’t sending too large a tree.  I mean, I ordered a large tree.  We have double height ceilings here, and I wanted a big tree.  Usually, I order about a foot more than I need and lop off the top because really, sometimes the tree looks so straggly on top it ruins the effect.  So I ordered a 9ft (2.75m) tree. Read the rest of this entry »

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