on loss and losing (and blueberry crumb cake)

on loss and losing (and blueberry crumb cake)

I couldn’t get a dog, so I got a hamster. I know why people buy hamsters. They’re the pets parents say ‘yes’ to to placate dog- and cat-loving kids, because parents don’t want to commit to dogs and cats. Hamsters live for two years at best. And that’s not much of a commitment at all.

But I’m not a parent. I rent a house, and I’m not allowed dogs or cats. But I’ve also adopted small animals before – a mouse, once, and a rabbit – as has my other half. So we got a hamster. And we named him Booker.

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tea-infused blueberry loaf cake

tea-infused blueberry loaf cake

This year will mark my fifth year in England and third in London. And despite acclimatising to just about everything (except the pronunciation of ‘tomatoes’), I’ve still never got round to appreciating the value of a tea break.

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