Blog, Outdoors


Humans are a rum old species. In the last few hundred years we seem to have entirely removed ourselves from the natural world in the name of progress – this progress, being, of course, entirely defined in human terms. Anything seen only through our eyes is debatable at best. How can we know true nature… Read More Above

Blog, Words


The seat presses hard against my back, legs jammed up against the hard plastic of the chair in front of me. Wheels skim over rails beneath, a warm sound a comfort in my inadvertent cocoon of seating. I make myself small, away from commuters, retreating to a world of headphones and motion. I lean my… Read More Ideas

Blog, Simplicity


Time moves forwards, as do we, sometimes looking back, but forever eternally moving on and on.¬† It is a healer, a clich√©, an enemy, a friend. Time is a tool, an usurper, a disguise. In the moment, time can be hated and loved, derided or respected. The passage of time can break and heal and… Read More Arrows

Blog, Words

Wrestling with words

You may or may not have noticed the reduced frequency of posts recently here on OES. And truly, I honestly don’t know why. It’s not that I’ve no time, or too much on… I’ve just been wandering in a fug for the last couple of months, not quite sure where I’m heading, and have been… Read More Wrestling with words

Blog, Words


It’s hard to begin afresh when you’ve been still for so long. Still physically, still mentally, still spiritually. A pond with no movement leads to brackish, brown water. Overgrown with weeds, surface reflecting a sad, tired, sheen. Awakening from a sleep, coming around from inactivity, closing the book on that chapter of silence. It’s hard… Read More Begin

Blog, Simplicity

Eating Plants

At 32 I finally decided to do something I should have done a long, long time ago. Fear of ridicule, lack of a strong reason, just plain laziness… all these things that I used to view as decent reasons somehow stopped becoming so damn important. I’m only a few weeks in to this new journey.… Read More Eating Plants

Blog, Words

What I’ve learned from 36 days off the drink

Those who know me know that I love an ale or three. Not commercial, water-weakened lager, not what passes for bitter these days…but a proper, craft-brewed, hipster-approved real ale. And luckily, with the swift rise of the craft ale movement, there are new beers hitting the shelves every single day. Woo! Although, recently, I have… Read More What I’ve learned from 36 days off the drink

Blog, Simplicity

After-effects of buying nothing

Last year, I challenged myself to buy nothing. Once you get used to buying nothing but food and the odd deodorant, your brain seems to re-wire into a state where it seems strange to buy things. I certainly felt this way, beating myself up for any slip-ups I made. Luckily I realised that feeling bad… Read More After-effects of buying nothing

Blog, Words

Good enough

I admit it, things have a been a little slow over on One Empty Shelf recently. Inspiration hits all at once, then leaves me dry, hanging, sometimes for weeks at a time. And during those weeks, I’ve been getting a little complacent. I’ve been tempted, lured down the path of feeling that everything is, well,… Read More Good enough

Blog, Words

The Master Procrastinator

Back at the end of autumn last year, I made some ‘new year’ resolutions. One of those was to finally put more effort into my blog, into writing, into the one thing I really, really love to do. I wanted to make this year the year I could finally push myself and start trying out… Read More The Master Procrastinator