Category Archives: Twenties

The Recovery

For several weeks Mary needed me every moment in the day. I slept close to her in bed so that I would be there for her if she woke up. She would call out for me even if I went … Continue reading

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The Shock

The shock hit me on a Saturday morning. The first telegram from my sister told me that our brother, Colin was seriously ill. The second was received a short time later. Colin had taken his own life by putting his … Continue reading

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Learning From Our Children

I became a psychotherapist when I was over sixty and I practised, on my own, for the next fifteen years. It was a good time for me to start because I had a wealth of different kinds of experience of … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna

When I think of Venezuela, vivid images spring into my mind. In the dark evenings after our supper we sat outside on the veranda, playing our favourite gramophone records and enjoying the glowing colours of the flowers and trees in … Continue reading

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Family

After my first son was born I was delighted despite the fact that he took several months to settle down after his traumatic birth. However by the time he was six months he was a cheerful little chap. I was … Continue reading

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New Pastimes

My first year in Venezuela was very enjoyable. There were so many new places where we could go. Bob had a company jeep that we could use for the week-ends. We liked to go off into the wilds, not exactly … Continue reading

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A New Life

Sunshine, sunshine and yet more sunshine; especially when we leave our own countries in winter. The contrast seems magical. Like everything else in life once we get used to it, it all becomes ordinary. The sun rises every day at … Continue reading

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A Dream Fulfilled

At last I was given my passage to Maracaibo by Shell in 1952. England was recovering from the war. Food was still rationed and as I passed through London there were great holes all over the place waiting to be … Continue reading

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After University

Bob sent me a beautiful diamond engagement ring on my birthday. We married in Liverpool in the morning of 6th July, 1951 in the Registrar’s Office and had lunch afterwards in a restaurant. My mother and Bob’s father were there … Continue reading

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Just What I Needed

Professor Allison Peers was an unusual man. He loved Spain and South America and he wrote several books that made him the most influential academic in the increasing teaching of Spanish in English schools and universities. He seemed very old … Continue reading

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