We have a trip to Iceland - Reykjavik - planned for the end of February and since about October last year I have been slightly panicked by the need to have appropriate clothing for what could be really, really cold weather. I managed to buy a hat okay - and am now hoping it is … Continue reading Appropriate trousers
I was at the cinema last week - there are so many good films out there that I just have to see - and as usual I was early. This was not just because of my anxieties about being late and my love of the 'what's on next week' but also about the timing of the … Continue reading Are you listening?
This last week I have been told on more than one occasion, by different people, that I don't look my age - soon to be 56. What does not looking my age even mean? I know it is meant as a compliment, and I usually accept it as such. I acknowledge, without boasting or bragging, … Continue reading Looking 55
I looked in the Marks and Spencer shop window in Liverpool the other day - just as I was passing - and in one there were female mannequins in various states of undress, in the other male mannequins fully clothed. February is the month of St Valentine's Day and so there are red hearts, boxes … Continue reading Valentine knickers
I attended a showing of the body positive documentary Embrace on Wednesday evening. I was a little awestruck as it was being held in the Odeon in Liverpool city centre. One of those modern, glossy and noisy cinemas I try to avoid. Oh well. I assumed that all those attending had made a positive effort … Continue reading Embrace – the movie
I am motivated to write after reading an article in the Guardian today (16th Jan 2017) about older people in West Somerset who seem unable to retire. It also chimed with something said at one of my yoga classes last week about having an aim - the assumption being no-one wants to be aimless. I … Continue reading Aimlessness can be a good thing
I love bringing light into the house during winter. Where once I was a bit of a snob about this sort of thing I now can't get enough. I especially love the battery operated lights - as my creativity can run riot and I am not limited by the position of sockets. I can't really … Continue reading Lights, batteries, solstice
I love my bike. I retired from work in September and the weather was unseasonably pleasant - so I took great joy in going on a daily bike ride along the Wirral Way. I was out in the fresh air, it was fun, it was exhilarating and I loved that I could wear leggings and … Continue reading When does the schoolyard get left behind?
One of the yoga classes I go to at the local community centre involves both a relaxation and a brief meditation. Each week the teacher prompts us to meditate on a topic and the other week she chose 'balance'. We had, during the physical part of the class, being balancing in tree pose and we … Continue reading Dynamic balance
I bought myself a kettle bell whilst browsing in TK Maxx the other week. It was all part of my strategy of being a fat woman browsing in the health and fitness aisles. It amuses me that perhaps to some I look like a fish out of water but that secretly I know what I … Continue reading Bit of light weight-lifting