LucyJo

About LucyJo

I have written stories & poems since childhood. My experiences of motherhood & family life give rise to gently exasperated, humourous tales from the kitchen table. I write and broadcasts for Silver Travel Advisor, a travel review & information website for those over 50.

Friday night again!

Friday night again!

It’s a funny thing, I think, when the chap you lived with for twenty-one years, had two children with and who was once your closest companion, can stalk past you venomously, without a word. So another busy, less than average week, punctuated with my sister’s wedding in sight of Wembley Stadium, me holding the bouquet […]

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The never-ending chaos of motherhood

The never-ending chaos of motherhood

The Chaos of Motherhood: Another blissful 24 hours! 12.45am Gloriously asleep, it’s a hot night, I’m tired and then, really like a dream, two figures appear on the threshold of my room: daughter and boyfriend, who stays with us. They’re in their ‘jamas holding hands and requesting Raid, the noxious insect killer spray. I stir, […]

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Throwing a teen party at home

Throwing a teen party at home

LucyJo shares her advice and tips on hosting a teenage party. 1. Guests Make sure you have a list, including the ‘plus ones’ (although we don’t allow these usually – I like to know who’s coming into our home!) If we haven’t heard of more than 70% of the kids, then we get the list revised. And yes, […]

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The stuff of our lives: the lunch party

The stuff of our lives: the lunch party

Jennie Carr writes about the challenges presented by a civilised lunch party. Rural living and excellent schools have much to recommend them. However, on this particular Saturday evening, I really wasn’t sure that even Joanna Trollope would’ve coped! ‘A party near Reading’ I was told and, like the mug I try so hard not to […]

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The stuff of our lives

The stuff of our lives

Just another Thursday evening… How is it, I ask myself, that I am sitting on a Thursday evening eating a remarkably unsatisfactory supper (oven-baked salmon, boiled potatoes and a fairly revolting creamy, mustard sauce), watching Ian Hislop, of whom I’m generally fond, discussing the Beeching report of the 60s, about which I care not a […]

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