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Dear readers! It is I, your old blogging pal, back from the trenches of the culture war, but not for long. 

This week I have been heavily engaged in what more than one Pole is calling “a battle with the Civilization of Death”, by which they mean, unfortunately, the UK Court of Protection that effectively, in the words of a Polish archbishop, “sentenced [a man] to death by starvation.” 

You can read all about it here. 

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Many walks, much study, pierogi & cgm

Happy New Year, dear blog readers. I apologise for my long absence; the writing well had run dry. As it is, I have been on Christmas holidays since December 23 (although I wrote at least two articles during that time) and yet only now do I feel sufficiently enthusiastic to put fingers to the keys. What have I been doing? Well, Christmas baking and Christmas cooking: florentines, gingerbread cookies,  Chelsea bun, makowiec (poppy seed cake), Alaskan trifle, cheese-and-potato pierogi, mushroom-and-cabbage pierogi, clear red borscht with mushroom dumplings… Not bad for a woman who had Christmas dinner elsewhere, i.e. in the countryside with husband and friends. 

And I have been going for walks: a lovely long countryside walk in Fife, and then a tramp up and down Berwick Law (and I fell heavily on the ice three times on the way down and was then quite terrified), and yesterday a hike along the Firth of Forth (and B.A. fell heavily on an icy stone and had to limp to the bus stop). Today I walked around and around the icy Meadows by the University of Edinburgh in the rain, under an umbrella, chatting with a girlfriend who wears latex gloves under her woollen gloves, as her hands got cranky from too much hand sanitiser. 

Then I have been studying: weekly Italian classes over the phone, and making and memorising Polish flashcards, reviewing Polish grammar, and reading Polish articles clearly derived from my own articles. 

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Another Walk Around Edinburgh Part 1

Today was my Professional Development Day, so B.A and I went to discuss my work with our ghostly counsellor. We took our time getting there: in fact, we did quite a lot of the journey on foot. I took advantage of our bracing stroll (it was sunny but cold) to take photographs for people who cannot travel to Edinburgh and miss it. 

I took a goodly number of photos, and we walked through four or five distinct neighbourhoods, so they will not all fit in one post. 

1. This is the Surgeons’ Hall Museums. I have never been in, but I hear they are gory. They are on Nicholson Street, near my favourite cafe.

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