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Location East Anglia, United Kingdom
Introduction Beguiled by the charms of a Georgian cottage the colour of clotted cream with roses around the door and a wood burning stove, I moved to East Anglia with my new partner, a keen sailor, just at the point when my youngest son flew the nest. Adjusting to all these changes after years of living alone as a single parent following the breakdown of a long marriage has not been without its challenges! Having recently re-married, we have 7 young adult children between us, a Swedish granddaughter, and a large and increasing extended family. We share our lives with our beautiful blond labrador, our lively new puppy and the 3 dog-hating cats (an interesting dynamic). I write about aspects of my life, anything that resonates with me, and I live my life under wide Suffolk skies. Marianne, the name I blog under, is taken from the Leonard Cohen song 'So long Marianne' . It seemed appropriate at the time.
Interests Family, friends, home-making and interiors, clothes but not fashion, cooking, gardening, my pets, walking in the Suffolk countryside, sailing, reading, music, art, medieval history
Favorite Movies Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, Amelie, The Spirit of the Beehive, The Talented Mr Ripley, Sense and Sensibility, Charlotte Gray, The Secret Life of Bees
Favorite Music Libera, The Sixteen, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Marketa Irglova, Yo-Yo Ma, Miles Davis and much, much more...
Favorite Books Anna Karenina, The God of Small Things, The English Patient, Jane Eyre, The Road Home, Past Mischief, Pride and Prejudice, Birthday Letters, Hens Dancing, Howard's End is on the Landing and many, many more.