New baby in the family? Better brace yourself for NAN WARS!

A year ago, I got the news that my eldest daughter was pregnant. I was delighted (although I – obviously – felt far too young to be a grandmother!) “Hurray, I’m going to be a granny!” I sang to myself (or to anyone I passed in the street). It soon...

Is there any escape from snoring?

I’m awake again, for the sixth time in the same night, incredulous at the noises going on next to me in bed. My husband is lying on his back, making a noise that sounds like a combination of a kitchen waste disposal unit and an angry dog chewing its...

New horizons – thinking of moving abroad before Brexit?

Moving house is a daunting task. Moving house by yourself over the age of 55 to a foreign country is utterly terrifying. But also exhilarating and exciting, as Laura Lockington found out… So many times I heard ‘Oh, you’re so brave!’ I didn’t feel...

This is my ‘to DON’T’ list (all the things I’m delighted I never, ever have to do)

European referendums, puffball skirts, the Bay City Rollers, poodle perms, three-channel TV, public phone booths and interest rates of 15% (thank you Norman Lamont). If you are 50 or above you’ll probably remember it all. Which means that unlike the...

Slowing down with my four legged friend

It’s not just us that grows a little older and a little creakier. The fluffier members of our families are along for the ride too. Sue Kittow takes a look at a day in the life of two (slightly more) mature ladies… MollieDog is 12 now, so she’s...

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