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october and the start to her comfort season

– October – a short tale …. Just a little piece of fiction, a short reflection on this wonderful time of the year and how it feels to be slipping into autumn here in Normandy. Although her spirits were lifted by the first signs of the spring, and although she was quick to abandon herself to the warmth of the summer, the truth was that she loved the autumn most of all.    And of all the autumn months, it was October she preferred.   For it marked the start of her comfort...

crossing continents and parallel paths

A while ago I met a young girl who reminded me of myself 30 years earlier.   This little story is a fictional version of our meeting.  We all have to make big decisions in life, and now and again a door opens that allows us to change everything, forever.  It takes a brave person to walk through that door, as I’m sure many of you know. Claire hurried along the narrow street in the seventeenth arrondissement in Paris.  She had just finished one meeting and was eager to grab a quick lunch...

spring renewal

The following short story is 100% fiction, but it’s a theme I’ve been thinking about a lot after having dinner with a girlfriend whose marriage has hit a rocky patch.   There is no indiscretion and she’s seen the piece before I showed it to you …. As always when I publish fiction, I beg your indulgence.    I don’t pretend to be a great writer, I simply love to tell a tale. Louise poured some more coffee into her favourite mug, slipped on a pair of old shoes,...

home for christmas – final part

Here is the last part of my little Christmas tale.   In part one we saw Jen lose her job and decide to use the opportunity to make changes in her life; in part two she arrived in Paris to stay with her good friend Kath, a freelance pastry chef, and today we see how Jen makes her own new life in the city of Light.   I hope you enjoy this last chapter, thank you for your indulgence. Kath’s brunch was a major success, she received compliments on the food like never before and two new bookings...

home for christmas – part two

The second part of my little christmas tale.   Thank you for your kind comments,  if you missed the first chapter you can read it here Her conversation with Françoise was the trigger that she needed.    Instead of feeling devastated about losing her job, she was fired up about the wide horizon of opportunities opening up in front of her.    She returned to her apartment that afternoon and quickly sorted through some paperwork, pulled out an old map of France, and most importantly drew up a...

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