Familiar things

I have always been a collector. Many people live without books and “things”. I find this curious. Someone once said, … More

Good luck

The letters K, M and B denoting the initials of the Three Kings – Kasper, Melchior and Baltazar. It is … More

The cap

My great-grandfather, Joe Pottok, grew up in Dąbrowa Górnicza in southern Poland. He was actually born in London’s Bethnal Green, … More

Lakes on fire

Polish graves in Saffron Hill cemetery. All Saints’ Day in Poland on the 1st of November is for families to … More

Elgar’s Nimrod

The 10th of November 2019. Remembrance Sunday. The annual Remembrance Service takes place at the Cenotaph in London on the … More

Our Nissen huts

Decorating the Christmas tree, 2019. Every year, decorating the Christmas tree reminds me of our childhood Christmases, celebrated in our … More

A welcome sign

“Gość w dom, Bóg w dom” (Guest in the house, God in the house) is a Polish saying which typifies … More

Family traditions

Making uszka – a family Christmas tradition. Uszka (little ears) are dumplings filled with mushrooms and served with borsch on … More

Short stories

My great-grandfather, Joe Pottok, was quite a character. As a tailor, he put his sewing skills to good use. They … More

A doorway

Our local Shul façade; a doorway of spiritual freedom, love, and Faith. Starting the journey, bringing me Home to my … More

The book collection

My husband has created a collection of a few hundred books, predominantly books about the Second World War. It was … More

Mess and order

Autumn in a garden. With a little mess but still with some order. Leicester, November 2019.