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!

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Who asked you?

About a year ago I made a bit of a silly mistake - I commented, on-line, in response to an article in a national newspaper - The Guardian.  The article was something about shopping for clothes whilst fat and I think I was moved to comment because I had been searching for suitable clothing to … Continue reading Who asked you?

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

What are they thinking?

I finished with paid employment 12 months ago and have been celebrating the anniversary this week by starting a couple of volunteering opportunities.  Up to now I've avoided the idea of volunteering - mainly because people kept asking me what I was going to do with my time and the rebel in me decided that … Continue reading What are they thinking?