Feeling the Fear

The other night, Himself set up a film for us to watch which he told me he'd seen reviewed in a particular national newspaper about the burgeoning Irish film industry. I don't know what I expected - other than humour - and while that was certainly present, so were vampires... Now I have long chosen... Continue Reading →

How I write

I've been reading about bloggers having struggles with writing during the pandemic's changes and, despite being fortunate in not having to share my working space with anyone, it gave me pause to review my own process for I've long struggled with trying to carve out a writing routine. Naturally a night owl, my life is... Continue Reading →

The devaluation of expertise

ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS IDEAS THAT HAS COME ABOUT IN THE LAST 3 YEARS IS THAT ALL POINTS OF VIEW ARE EQUALLY VALID AND THAT THE AVERAGE CITIZEN (YOU) IS JUST AS EQUIPPED TO JUDGE WHICH HAVE MERIT AS ANYONE ELSE. I DO NOT CONDONE THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. I... Continue Reading →

Silence is Golden

I'm not a quiet person. I'm enthusiastic and chatty, a real social being. I've been told to be quiet - once (memorably) during a Christmas celebration no less. I've challenged people who've told me off for being loud despite them being way louder than I, who then firmly rejected that fact when I pointed it... Continue Reading →

What is it about Black Cats?

I was reminded of this by yet another animal shelter here in the UK putting out a plea on social media for people to consider providing a home to black cats to save them from being euthanised. Many years ago, my much loved black cat was shot by an air rifle. I was shocked, yet... Continue Reading →

In praise of Parks

London is famed for it's vast array of parks. Indeed, I'd not be surprised to find out it has more green space than most towns and cities in the UK's southeast. It's one of the many things I love about our capital city. Whilst providing green space for the many residents who have none of... Continue Reading →

How was your Week?

For the past year to 18 months, life has largely followed the same pattern on a daily, weekly, even monthly basis. Of course I'm not alone in this and while there have been memorable highlights of the "got to hold my new grandchild, play with the first grandchild and squeeze my daughter tight" basis, more... Continue Reading →

Decluttering

I recently met (virtually in these days of COVID) a lovely lady who's a professional Declutterer. While not a hoarder by any means, I know I have stuff which is surplus to requirements. I've admitted to myself that there's stuff which remains, not because I'm unable to let go of the items themselves, but because... Continue Reading →

Clothes maketh Man

Or, in this case - woman.  I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I've just had my colours done. You may well ask why I feel this way and, in truth, what I actually feel is a bit daft. Daft that, at my significant age, I doubted my ability to select a wardrobe for myself without... Continue Reading →

The Bishop had a Palace… with a Garden

There once was a Roman city called Noviomagus Reginorum, which was entirely encircled within walls. No longer Roman, that city is located in the county of West Sussex where I now reside. Those walls are still largely in place, and in their southwest corner stands the Cathedral, together with the Bishop's official residence known as... Continue Reading →

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