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Memories of life on the road and the kindness of strangers

When I came across Hilary Bradt, the 82-year-old hitchhiker, she made me smile. But she did not make me want to grab a piece of cardboard, scrawl a...

11.05.2024 20

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Queue to see the Mona Lisa? Been there, done that, didn’t bother with the t-shirt

We are approaching the age of the retirement bucket list. What’s on yours? Sky-diving, paddling up the Orinoco, seeing Venice and dying… or is...

05.05.2024 30

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There’s a wedding to plan for – and that stone won’t lose itself

We are planning for our beautiful niece’s wedding. She is the eldest grandchild; the adored first granddaughter of her granny. Ma was known to her...

27.04.2024 30

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The garden’s a misty wilderness – but at least the birds are happy

Last year’s hydrangea flowers are rich pickings for our birds. Sometimes laziness has its own reward. I closed the back door on the garden last...

20.04.2024 10

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Retirement is like a hot bath - it takes time to ease into it

This retirement gig is not quite going to plan. It’s not all fun and lie-ins and lazy brunches. It’s not all holidays. There is a certain...

14.04.2024 10

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A love letter to the dying art of handwriting

Over Easter, I sat down to write a letter. My writing is appalling. Even with a new fountain pen, it still looks like our house spider has run wild...

07.04.2024 6

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After the fast, the feast: Bring on the buns

As you read this, the desert of Lent comes to an end and gives way to the dessert of Easter. What a difference an ‘s’ makes. After the fast, the...

31.03.2024 6

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The swish of red velvet, the swell of music... I’m a picture girl at heart

Our boy has no time for going out to the cinema. He is a huge film buff and has introduced us to many little known, wonderful films. (Watching sex...

16.03.2024 5

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Cartoons of yesteryear still have power to enchant

Start singing “Andy Pandy’s coming to play” and a generation will join in with “la, la, la-la, la, la”. We are 60 now, but Andy in his blue...

09.03.2024 10

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Poems that nourish the soul and are signposts along the way of life

It seems like only yesterday that they were putting up beautiful poems on the Underground... and now the posters, cards and letters from the poets who...

02.03.2024 6

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The secret of living a long life? Channel your inner Edie

Edie Ceccarelli, who passed away on Thursday, had just celebrated her 116th birthday. The whole town of Willits, California, had turned out for the...

26.02.2024 10

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Misty mornings and small birds sing to your soul

Early 6am in our kitchen, and with a wave of the ice queen’s wand, she has gifted us this luminous white wintery light. It’s a misty morning and...

17.02.2024 7

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Dreams of cactus ice cream and rollerblades – here’s to the adventures that lie ahead

A kind boss and friend sent an old column of mine that he had come upon about a long-ago holiday in Nice. Our boy was about nine at the time. I...

10.02.2024 5

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The McBride sisters are gone, but the family heart beats on

My mother’s sister died last week. It felt like the end of an era. She had a long life – she was 98 – and she was the last of her family. There...

20.01.2024 6

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I’m getting with the zeitgeist and going green this year

When it comes to saving the planet, I’m a little late to the party. That’s me in the corner wearing cheap, unsustainable sparkle and wielding a...

13.01.2024 10

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I have key to unlock old memories - and my front door

We broke the front door for the new year. One of us – guilty, yer honour – played a key role in the disaster; we do not blame, or at least not in...

06.01.2024 9

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I’ve taken out private health cover - and I hate myself for it

My friend and I are chatting on the phone. “So for £44 a month, you get cover for your hips, knees, cataracts and the Big C,” I tell her....

03.01.2024 10

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The true magic of Christmas is forgetting the faff

It’s the most magical time of the year… pass a pinch of salt. Still, there is a stage when Christmas turns magical because you can’t do any...

29.12.2023 10

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I've learned to love this cantankerous body

Just a few more days and it will be solstice, says my dear friend and yoga teacher. Her room is a holy place. Take off your shoes, pad softly across...

19.12.2023 10

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By the frost! We've decided not to curse for Christmas – Nuala McCann

WE are not cursing for Christmas.

08.12.2023 2

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By the frost! We've decided not to curse for Christmas – Nuala McCann

WE are not cursing for Christmas.

08.12.2023 20

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The secret to a happy Christmas? Make a 'to don't' list – Nuala McCann

CHRISTMAS is coming and for once, I have kicked my inner Grinch out the door.

04.12.2023 20

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The secret to a happy Christmas? Make a 'to don't' list – Nuala McCann

CHRISTMAS is coming and for once, I have kicked my inner Grinch out the door.

01.12.2023 10

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we are wintering now – Nuala McCann

WE are wintering now. The last wisps of autumn’s beauty linger on leafy avenues.

25.11.2023 7

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It's time to hunker down: we are wintering now – Nuala McCann

WE are wintering now. The last wisps of autumn’s beauty linger on leafy avenues.

25.11.2023 5

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Hospital parking: staff should take 'bus or glider - how do you think the rest of us get to our work?' - Nuala McCann

LIKE Shakespeare’s stages of life, there are stages of love.

21.11.2023 20

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I'm 'Angry, South Belfast' and I don't give a damn - Nuala McCann

LIKE Shakespeare’s stages of life, there are stages of love.

18.11.2023 10

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Nuala McCann: Please son, please... protect us from the scammers

THE text came from a recruitment company in Belfast.

14.11.2023 10

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Please son, please... protect us from the scammers

THE text came from a recruitment company in Belfast.

11.11.2023 10

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Retirement has its magic – there's a book to read and a snooze to be had

MY brother meets me in the chapel at home.

04.11.2023 5

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Nuala McCann: Retirement has its magic – there's a book to read and a snooze to be had

MY brother meets me in the chapel at home.

04.11.2023 5

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Nuala McCann: Golden days and ghosts of younger selves

TIME is a wind tunnel that sweeps you up and carries you down back roads you walked in the long ago to meet the ghost of your younger self on a street...

29.10.2023 5

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Golden days and ghosts of younger selves

TIME is a wind tunnel that sweeps you up and carries you down back roads you walked in the long ago to meet the ghost of your younger self on a street...

28.10.2023 4

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A crisp bed and a safe haven in life's storms

“Would you like a fresh bed?” I ask my grown-up son.

21.10.2023 9

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Nuala McCann: A crisp bed and a safe haven in life's storms

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21.10.2023 6

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Nuala McCann: I am a kicker of leaves and a lover of trees

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16.10.2023 5

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I am a kicker of leaves and a lover of trees

“You left your iPad in the washing basket,” says my other half, waving Exhibit A and looking puzzled.

14.10.2023 7

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Nuala McCann: The ghost ship of a monochrome world

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07.10.2023 7

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The comfort of warm fires and old friends

The first trip out, post-Covid, was to see our horses.

30.09.2023 6

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Covid showed I married a saint and gave birth to another

Like death and taxes, it’s inevitable.

19.09.2023 10

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Nuala McCann: Covid showed I married a saint and gave birth to another

Like death and taxes, it’s inevitable.

19.09.2023 10

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The camino, said my brother, will teach you. It sure did

It was just the right temperature to walk: not too hot; no rain.

11.09.2023 7

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Nuala McCann: The camino, said my brother, will teach you. It sure did

It was just the right temperature to walk: not too hot; no rain.

11.09.2023 7

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