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
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
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!
As a child I was taken to church every week - a Methodist Church. There was a part in the service, before the sermon, when the kids were ushered out to spend time in small groups, divided by age, learning about the scriptures. I remember some of it required us to colour in scenes from … Continue reading Stages of Methodism
I have a bike and like to use it. My cycling style is more Miss Marple than Bradley Wiggins but I am committed and if the weather is half decent I try to go for a spin every day. My number one route takes me along the promenade, through the dunes and back along a … Continue reading Adventures with my bicycle
It's the school summer holidays and I have been enlisted to help with child-minding - two step-grandchildren aged 9 and 11. I've done this before. After some initial reluctance I've found that I actually don't mind and, more often than not, I have fun. I'm not used to children and so some of the entertainment for … Continue reading Time, money and swearing