The Last Furlong

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Fires in the Sahara

We have just finished watching Michael Palin’s SaharaContinue reading


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The Furlongs are enjoying the Christmas lights on all the houses around us. Some cul de sacs are completely decorated – every house on them, with a collection point for charity at the end.  Continue reading


My mother and her archaeology

In 1946/47, my mother and father spent a year in the States.  He was topping up a science degree and she was touring, lecturing on South Africa. Continue reading

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Come fly with me to pastel perfection

This video is worth watching.

Watch how you get a feeling of unreality in a place of pink and blue and turquoise, with few cars, no people and extreme neatness. Continue reading


Escaping from a sinking car

Several years ago our friend and her dog died in her car when it was pulled into the river in a flood. The shock of that kind of event is unbelievable. It’s always something that happens to someone else – never to anyone YOU know. Continue reading


What we learned in Africa about snakes

While I’m trying to recover from agonising hip pain from one of my 33 vertebrae, I was thanking god I was not a snake with  200-400 vertebrae. I’d really be in trouble.

Except they have no legs. Continue reading


Grimoires – Reliure Restauration, Tourrettes Var 2017

In Tourrettes Var, we found a fascinating  atelier.

Grimoires – Reliure Restauration – blogspot link

I want to tell you about it. Isabelle Gimenez restores paintings. Continue reading