Category Archives: Cumbria

An update for Jamie

It’s rage. Rage against someone who took control of my life one day in June. It’s rage against the loss. Anger against the tangible proof of the futility of trying to control my life. Anger against the arrogance of someone … Continue reading

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It’s raining, it’s pouring…

Office hours don’t always suit the move in times for tenants coming from far away. One particularly diabolical Saturday night I had two sets of tenants arriving from Nottingham and the weather had decided to bucket it down with rain … Continue reading

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Counting the cost

It’s been three years since Jamie died. I’ve tried to count the cost of this senseless shooting but the numbers don’t add up. No number begins to reflects the cost to my life in pain and loss. Here’s my short … Continue reading

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Breaking

My children have taken individual views on breaking things and I’m of the opinion that in any crisis, a mother should remain calm and this will allow the child to calm down, and then we can deal with whatever the … Continue reading

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How to handle shock on the 2nd of June

I’m writing a text message to my husband: “Just rear ended. I’ll be OK in a while. Just at Starbucks getting over shock.” I look at the clock and it’s 2pm. It’s the 2nd of June and the memory floods … Continue reading

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Sunny California!

Peter used to wake up daily and greet us with a cry of, “I’m in sunny California”. The other people in the house would laugh as he repeated it over and over again at random moments. I’m sure that if … Continue reading

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I’m a Beautiful Butterfly!

For those of you who managed to miss the movie, A Bug’s Life, this is the line that the fat caterpillar says as he turns into a – rather fat – butterfly and ‘flies’ into the distance. ‘I’m a Beautiful Butterfly’, he … Continue reading

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