Christmas Retreat

This Christmas has mostly been about recovering from minor arthroscopic surgery to correct a torn meniscus in my left knee.  My stitches came out on 19 December and I had hoped to do a lot of writing because, coincidentally, my husband and two grown-up children have been visiting a close family friend in Australia for … Continue reading Christmas Retreat

New Year’s Eve Musings

I was about to tweet a happy tweet and post a happy post about my happy year, when our washing machine broke down and our boiler stopped working.  It was eerily uncanny, as if the Fairy who stops you feeling too smug had flown into my house and sprinkled some of her glum magic over … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Musings

Notes from a half-empty nest

A flurry of exam results, celebrations, book-buying, bag-packing, car-loading, kisses and hugs, and our daughter, Kitty, is now settled into her university accommodation.  Overnight, the average age of our household has gone up.  The numbers of showers being taken and apples being eaten have gone down.  There is less fruit tea being drunk and less … Continue reading Notes from a half-empty nest

At the year’s halfway point

My children's exams are over.  For my son, a season of campouts and festivals has already begun. My daughter also has exciting, if slightly less grungy, plans.  Four years worth of scrawled-on paper, deep piles of exercise books, text books, files, revision cards, notebooks, stationery, bottles of Rescue Remedy, school uniforms, pots of lunch money … Continue reading At the year’s halfway point

Greetings from the middle of exam season

It's full on, double whammy, GCSE and A Level year in our house. For visitors who don't know, GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) are the first public exams most young people sit after five years of secondary schooling in England and Wales (I think Scottish students sit exams called Standards). 'A' Levels (Advanced Levels) are … Continue reading Greetings from the middle of exam season

In which I entertain a charming visitor

This week has mostly been about me being ill - not seriously ill, just an annoying cold with horrible flu-type symptoms; feverish, aching limbs, bad headache.  Unfortunately I had to cancel our Poetry Society Stanza meeting at Trowbridge Town Hall and I was really sorry about that.  I felt that I might be contagious so … Continue reading In which I entertain a charming visitor

Advent Calendars: Weekly Photo Challenge

Well, it's nearly the end of November and the daily blogging challenge, so it's nearly December and of course I still buy my children Advent Calendars. The chocolate thing is very new to me.  I grew up in the 1960s and I was grateful just to open a window and see a donkey or a … Continue reading Advent Calendars: Weekly Photo Challenge

Still here

This week I've been aware of more sadness, worry, fear and dread.  I've mostly been aware of this when I've been on the internet so I've tried not to be on the internet too much.  Again, Summer Pierre has caught my mood well. I've been thinking about what to blog about and wondering if I should be … Continue reading Still here

Fairies in the garden

We have mushrooms or toadstools growing in our garden.  When our daughter was little, she told us these were fairies' houses and they needed water to make them grow so that the fairies would have more room. Recently I found a letter she'd put into a box and left next to the mushrooms: Dear Fairies I have … Continue reading Fairies in the garden

Supermoon Notebook

The most recent supermoon has woken me up for two nights running.  Technically, it was the morning, the small hours, at around 1am both times. On Sunday morning it felt like a surprise to be woken up.  I hadn't gone to bed thinking about the moon or looking for it but the moon made sure … Continue reading Supermoon Notebook