It’s MY birthday!

Birthdays seem to be a big deal in our family.   A fuss was always made - they were never allowed to be just another day. I have a brother and a sister, both older than me.  My brother's birthday is on 5th November which is Bonfire Night and when we were children there was … Continue reading It’s MY birthday!



It seems I don't have much that I want to say. I used to but I'm suspect this getting older is making me less verbose.  Sometimes I just can't be bothered to use words, to make conversation and to talk about things, even argue.  I'm surprised at myself and for myself.  I have memories of … Continue reading Chatterbox


I caught half of a news item on Radio 4 about book weekends and how they could, in our busy, stressed society, become more popular than the more traditional spa weekend.  The woman being interviewed explained how it all started with her thinking that she wasn't reading as much as she wanted or would like.  … Continue reading Relax

Another January, another diet

January is the month of new diets, new eating regimes and ever more bizarre food restrictions.  We are bombarded with articles about lifestyle changes to enhance our health and well-being; magazines are full of meal plans and recipes which promise to  ensure we won't die any time soon.  It is all very exciting and everyone … Continue reading Another January, another diet

Christmas No 1

I was chatting with my sister the other evening. We were talking about Christmas parties, family traditions and generally about our low expectations for this time of the year. It used to bother me that somehow I didn't 'get' Christmas, the preparations, the anticipation, the gift-buying. I love putting up the decorations and bringing light … Continue reading Christmas No 1