Author Archives: susancarey

About susancarey

Writer and teacher living in Amsterdam. Trying to be mindful and occasionally succeeding!

Hair, it’s our Crowning Glory

Get a glimpse into the global human hair trade and ponder how the type and colour of hair defines or subverts our expectations of fictional characters. Continue reading

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Tulips, skunk cabbage and the BFG meet in Yorkshire

On our second house-sit of the year looking after a cat and Koi fish in Yorkshire, the sun came out and because we probably won’t visit the Keukenhof this year (my husband isn’t a fan of the regimental neatness and … Continue reading

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First House-sit of 2018!

Our first house-sit of the year looking after dogs; Lilly and Bertie; cats; Thomasina and Purdey, in Walmer, Kent. A few highlights; ‘Beast from the east’ weather meant hunkering down against the elements inside a very cosy house. Warming up … Continue reading

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Magical Objects and Hidden Shoes

During a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park last year a print by illustrator, Alice Pattullo caught my eye. The picture was entitled, ‘Apotropaic Devices For the Home.’ I wasn’t sure what apotropaic meant, but the mirror-image china dogs triggered a … Continue reading

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Love-lock Bridges in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a romantic city, full of canals and pretty bridges isn’t it? So you would expect to see many, many more of those love-lock bridges around town. But no, we have only two, de Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas from Amsterdam!

It snowed here last week and I got caught in a storm on my way home through the Erasmus park in Amsterdam west. I was glad I was just five minutes away from a warm apartment and not slithering in … Continue reading

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Interview with bestselling author, B. A. Paris

Bestselling author, B. A. Paris has achieved the kind of commercial and critical success that most writers dream of. She has very kindly agreed to share a few of her secrets with us. Bernadette, welcome to my blog! You too … Continue reading

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House-sit Number Four

In September a lovely English lady, Sally Christopher approached me via a home-exchange site to enquire if Frank and I would be interested in house-sitting her Eguzki B&B in Durango for 12 days. After establishing that the B&B was shut … Continue reading

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Quintessential English Cottage – in Wales

As well as our house-sit in Holmfirth, Yorkshire we had a dreamlike twelve days of heaven in a house-sit on the English/Welsh border, built alongside Offa’s Dyke Path. Two former quarry-worker’s homes knocked into one formed the country cottage with … Continue reading

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Ruby Reviews her House-Sitters

Name: Ruby Likes: Pouncing on things Dislikes: Dogs I live in Holmfirth where the world’s longest running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine was shot. I am far too young and hip to remember it but the middle-aged bipeds love … Continue reading

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