A few new pieces of writing

As this strange year draws to an end (although, the end still feels like a long way off to me), I’m pleased to tell you that I have a few pieces of new writing in circulation. I’ve been writing poems for about ten years now, after a period of not writing at all while myContinue reading “A few new pieces of writing”

Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn

Recently I’ve been dipping into FutureLearn, the online learning platform. I like the interface of FutureLearn, I find it easy to use. Most recently, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by the Centre Pompidou in Paris caught my eye, so I signed up. The MOOC is called Pop Art. It’s not so much aContinue reading “Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn”

A bee brings summer

  poem for Earth Day   *     With a reckless swoop             you patter at my window frantic as a delivery boy             who’s slept through months of orders. You’re a fizzing blur of antenna, legs and wings;             a pantomine of lanes and hilly streets; lines of washing you’ve bashed against             to arrive here steepedContinue reading “A bee brings summer”

Corona Diary: Lockdown Continues

Last week started off gloomily with instructions from my local police force – and other police forces – that the UK lockdown meant people weren’t allowed to drive even a short distance to find open space to exercise.  The thought that I’d be breaking the law if I drove  somewhere nearby to stomp through woodsContinue reading “Corona Diary: Lockdown Continues”

Corona Diary: Possibly Week 3 – but are you counting?

I’m not sure if this strange time had a proper beginning and I certainly can’t see its end.  This week I haven’t wanted to be online much even though there has been an explosion of people offering online workshops, readings and classes.  I’ve been slightly ill and still feel under the weather but I’m  sureContinue reading “Corona Diary: Possibly Week 3 – but are you counting?”

Corona Diary: One Week In

Things I’ve done this week for the first time in my life: attended a webinar about what older women want to read (unfortunately I kept losing my internet connection). went to my writing fiction class via Zoom (never heard of it before).  Overheard comments: “I should’ve worn make-up!” “I’m not switching my camera on becauseContinue reading “Corona Diary: One Week In”

Corona Diary – Day One

Hello out there, dear readers.  I thought I’d share with you how I’m getting used to living in the new normal of a global pandemic.  As yet, our household of four adults isn’t showing any signs of having the virus – no continuous coughing or high temperatures.  Our daughter is a student at Oxford UniversityContinue reading “Corona Diary – Day One”

Slow January continues

There’s that joke about January lasting hundreds of days and then the rest of the year whizzing by in the blink of an eye.  That’s definitely what I’ve been experiencing.  I was just beginning to recover from my knee operation and then I somehow managed to contract viral pneumonia – so my January has definitelyContinue reading “Slow January continues”

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 forContinue reading “Christmas Retreat”