May 3, 2008


Filed under: — Duchess @ 3:47 pm

Not so much empty nest as fled the nest — after 30 years an expatriot on a small island, I am temporarily back on a much smaller one in my native country. 

While I was away I raised four kids, had a novel published, worked like a mad woman, got introduced to the Queen (twice, because, unaccountably, Her Majesty didn’t know me the second time), and ran a marathon. That sort of stuff might come up now and again. 

If the blog lasts (and the ether permits) it might just take me back to the canal boat in England, where I am a some time resident, or to Uganda where my elder daughter works with the VSO (that’s the Brit Peace Corps). 

I speak pigeon Brit American, but I will try to remember to provide translations. 


  1. I speak pigeon Brit American as well, but for the opposite reason. I lived in England (when it was Swinging and then some) and it has marked me, particularly my vocabulary, forever.

    Comment by ByJane — June 7, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  2. Please tell me more…I have just discovered your blog, and would love to know more about you…for instance, title of novel? current career? Please visit my blog(s) to note reasons for interest…and connecting points…

    Comment by marylou — March 4, 2009 @ 12:37 am

  3. You are certainly missed here on this “other” island, SO far away! And you left just as it started getting so very interesting…

    The “ferry-folies” have been all we live for! Were we going to have to swim to the mainland? Are we going to have to move to the mainland (god forbid!) How much stuff from Costco should we stock in case there really is a “blockade” of our ferry? Will we be able to “ride the wild surf” on an alternate route to Fairhaven? Who will pick up our “rubbish?” Where do we park our mainland cars – oh the puzzlements go on and on.

    All’s well that ends well – I heard that somewhere.

    But it hasn’t really quite ended yet – we will live in a state of perpetual “ferry limbo” until our inept county officials and the Lummi Nation can negotiate a fair agreement. At least we have an informal “extension” of our right for the ferry to land where it has landed forever.

    Hopefully, we islanders will not be expected to foot the bill!

    Comment by Cathy — February 11, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

  4. Just put you on my blogroll. I live on an island too!

    Comment by Hattie — April 28, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  5. Dear Duchess,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn’t find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger on senior issues. Please email me back at when you get a chance. Thanks.


    Comment by Barbara O'Brien — November 17, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  6. Duchess/Julia,
    I have spent the whole of this evening reading DuchessOmnium from front to back, and then did a little googling to fill in some blanks. You are certainly the most interesting of all of the interesting bloggers I’ve come across, and an excellent writer.
    I’ve loved reading here – hope you keep on for a long while.

    Comment by Deborah — November 25, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

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