Saddle sore

There is something particularly insidious about horsewomen. Thin lipped, flat bottomed, bow legged, hatchet faced: I’ve never met one I liked. There is increasingly a school of thought that women who identify more with animals than human are spectrummy, so perhaps I should be more understanding, but having been at the sharp end of their…

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Perfect days

Jonah chipped his two front teeth – adult – bottom – in a pool accident that left him temporarily shocked into contrite pleasantness for a whole afternoon. Despite this, the last days have to rate as some of the most perfect family days we’ve had for a long time. Finally rested, neck ache subsiding, we…

Abroad

Only in France can you order a salad and be presented, avec the necessary flourish, with a plate of sliced iceberg devoid of dressing. My A-level French temporarily deserting me, I gestured wildly to be surlily handed ready-ground pepper and salt. In a huff, I waltzed up to another’s table and grabbed the oil and…