AIDA AUSTIN

AIDA AUSTIN: Look at us swishing along in our boots, all cotton-eye Joe!

1am in Sligo - and at the kitchen table, my sister’s head is bowed in earnest industry over some sprigged cotton which she’s cutting into covers for her jam-pot lids. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: Aida Austin: Family life feels forever fixed in time

My sister’s house, Sligo, where children hold your hands, drink their milk and family life feels forever fixed in time.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Aida Austin: "You’re attractive and funny, not a doggy waiting for re-homing"

I’M IN London, walking down Upper Street towards my son, who is waiting in Five Guys — a burger joint he’s recommended because it’s “munch”.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Honestly. At 76 — addicted to Candy Crunch"

IT’S 1am, London, and I’m sitting on my sister’s sofa, talking to my mother, who’s just called the landline. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: My heart tells me independence already suits my daughter

IT’S 11am. I’m driving up to Cork with my youngest. She’s leaving home for college today. And, if I were to take a tack of notice of what sensible people are saying, inside I should be cheering.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "She’s a tonic - she’ll say anything, that one"

MY FRIEND thinks I could do with a good night out in Cork. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "A stranger would give your marraige a week"

HOME, 9am — and it strikes me that we need to revise certain household arrangements, for it’s an unhappy fashion in our house that all offspring burst open our bedroom door when we least expect it, to look for towels in the linen cupboard, saying things in passing like, “by the way, we’ve run out of milk”.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Having nothing in common has never got in the way"

COASTAL Suffolk, and we are instigating radical change; with an empty nest looming my husband and I have put ourselves to discovering areas of common interest. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I am TI-TAAAA-NIIII-UUUUM! [Woof, woof, woof, woof!]"

OUR youngest sister is celebrating her 40th birthday tonight in Sligo. Months ago, she warned us of her plans: “We’re taking over the hostel on Lough Arrow for the night,” she said. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "We should rent our house out to pay for our holiday"

A bright idea, Feb 24: In bed, ten past midnight, my husband says, “We should rent our house out to pay for our holiday.”

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Petrol’s the one thing I resent spending money on"

I’M FLYING to London at 9.30pm.

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I think Noel called his car a piece of junk"

HOME, 8am, and my husband has made fresh plans to dislocate his new hip.

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