Whole. There are so many apps to spread ourselves over. Apps to track and record, to log and motivate. Apps to predict, organise and plan. An app to compare ourselves to others who are also comparing themselves to us. We uncomplainingly deliver little bits of ourselves to app companies, compartmentalising every aspect of our personalities,… Read More Whole
Float. The fog in the valley is whiter than usual. Thick, still, eerie, yes – but bright, wrapping me in a cocoon of something that’s not-quite-light. Bulbs are pushing strongly through the ground, peeping above the snow that lies still frozen. Blue tits are popping in and out of the bird box. Fox and squirrel… Read More Float
Things in the post. The post thumped through the letterbox with a satisfying clunk this morning, which meant there was something intriguing and unexpected in there. I love the little thrill of anticipation when post arrives and you don’t know (or can’t remember) what it is. Last week a lovely book turned up that I’d… Read More Things in the post
Snowfall and Firelight. So another week passes by in this endless lockdown. I’m at the point where all time is blurring into one. What day is it? Who knows. But this week at least brought some change in the form of snow – a good few inches here in Yorkshire. Standing at the doorway, watching… Read More Snowfall and Firelight
January Drifting It’s a grey day, -1 outside, with breath misting and birds looking expectantly through the window, waiting for me to break the ice on the old green plant tray that serves as a bird bath. The mist sinks in the valley, freezing everything it touches. Wildlife hunkers low, a wren flitting in and… Read More January Drifting
The Leaves They Fall. The leaves they fall, a riot of colour now muted. Softly, in damp fog, following clear water droplets from the tips of branches. They let go and float, rocking gently downwards on invisible currents. The earth becomes a blanket of leaves, yellows, reds, browns. November settles in and we wait. Second… Read More The Leaves They Fall
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten: Blog Tour! I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Kereen Getten’s wonderful Middle -Grade novel, When Life Gives You Mangoes, which was published by Pushkin Press on 1st October this year. (Yes, its a long blog tour!) Every day, another blog posts their… Read More When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten: Blog Tour!
Endings and Themes. As the days fall shorter and October slips slowly into November, all is gathered and the Celtic year comes to a close. Samhain, Halloween – the culmination of the harvest, and the time for planning and setting foundations for the next year. And so, with evenings darkening and leaves falling, I settle,… Read More Endings and Themes
Hello, October A little October update 🙂 Well, suddenly it’s October. Another new month in this slightly dystopian world, and the sun is shining, the builders in the house in front are having a loud discussion about eggy bread, and autumn is in the air. So it’s not so bad, all things considered. If you… Read More Hello, October
Stepping Out. I think I’ve reached a point where I want out of this divided society. Remember the days where people had different opinions, but that was okay? The days before hacked elections and feed algorithms. The days where people would have an opinion, and maybe not agree with someone else – but that was… Read More Stepping Out.