Virginia Barton

12 April 2017: Fourscore years

Yes Virginia, you are jolly well eighty years old. Promise I tried not to advertise it but the inner sixteen in me bobs up every now and then and I do love a party.

26 January 2017: Adjusting to a new regime

It’s been nearly a year since I found my beloved BH slumped in the shower. I still shudder at the memory. But his native strength (you can’t keep a good Balt on the floor), and his “medical man”, as he calls him, have pulled him round.

14 February 2016: My new friend

I have a new friend. We have not come face to face — yet. He is four years younger than I am and way way cleverer. My friend is one of the Jewish children rescued by Fr Adam Sztark and Sisters Ewa and Marta.

5 February 2016: An unusual birthday gift

Just as the train started to move away Fr Sztark was seen, noticeable in his long black cassock, pushing through the crowd to their wagon. He just had time to give a blessing, and to hand BH a small wooden crucifix. Then the train slowly rumbled out of Slonim railway station heading for Siberia.

23 December 2015: Family rituals

It was never called “Herod the Monster” or “Follow That Star”; it was only ever “The Christmas Show”. Children thrive on rituals and routine, and ours were no exception.

18 December 2015: Mickey stars again!

Chances are, you will come across a Nativity this December. I stood aside for a crocodile of diminutive shepherds, a HOST of angels, three kings, Mary and Joseph, of course, and a quantity of woolly animals including a giraffe – and, surprisingly, Mickey Mouse.

1 November 2015: The Ladder

There are a thousand and one other things I mean to do before I die. But since it’s the almighty doctor asking for instructions, something must be done.

19 October 2015: On Parade

Nonsensically, I have always been jealous of BH’s 1940s pin-up, Joan Leslie. When we first marry I deride her “homely” look, refer to her as “Joanie,” and retaliate with Gregory Peck — but it’s water off a duck’s back.

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