When young, I always felt in the background. I was painfully shy. Summer 1987: My uncle John helped me buy a flat that overlooked the Beechgrove gardens. From my window … Continue reading a layer in the background
Music credit: a cover of ‘Smalltown boy’ by the Eves
A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.
My mother recently showed me the current edition of Colinton Magazine which contains memories of Mrs Picken and her husband. I have often shared my memories of Mrs Picken on … Continue reading Memories
What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:
My mother provided wonderful birthday parties for all her children. Such that I still half-tingle and half-tickle with the memory of childhood birthday parties.
Mrs Picken was an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an apple on her window-sill for me as I delivered her daily paper. I have never … Continue reading Mrs Picken