BY AMANDA CUMMINS A long life, well-lived. Well, Daddy certainly had a long life.  But the well-lived part started to unravel five years ago. Who could have thought that with every setback he’d not quite bounce back, but certainly totter back.  His was the most unshakeable spirit coupled with huge optimism, – a few weeks before he died, he asked me to buy some new … Continue reading Memories

Mr Royal Warrant

BY AMANDA CUMMINS My mama used to buy me clothes, which were presented with a shrugged shoulder and a muttered “you won’t like it”. On occasion, she was absolutely right: some quite dreadful garment would be unveiled. I’d smile with barely disguised horror. “It” would be worn once and then be consigned to the Really Awful Things Never To Be Worn Again section of the … Continue reading Mr Royal Warrant

Summer Buffet Nears

BY AMANDA CUMMINS April is tapping at the calendar’s door and already the pencils are being sharpened, and ideas tossed about, as the season of the Summer Buffet nears. Those of my grandmothers’ generation held lunch parties at which cold collations were served, and these included various items en gelée (what I called “things in aspic”) for which I hold a dislike that is only … Continue reading Summer Buffet Nears