10 Love Stories for Valentines Day

Wandering around the shops today I saw a man walking very fast, carrying a bunch of red roses. Ah, Schmalentine’s Day. Whenever I was single on Valentine’s Day I used it as an excuse to treat myself to all kinds of treasure – baskets of cats wearing bow-ties, a cinema date for one with an… Continue reading 10 Love Stories for Valentines Day

The Friday Happy List: 17th July 2015

Welcome! Because The World is Not All Terrible: Happy Friday Treat Yo Self For those who have not watched Parks and Recreation religiously (if not, what is the point of you?), this is what happens on 13th October every year, when the materialistic and magnificently shallow Donna and Tom just go all out shopping. Donna… Continue reading The Friday Happy List: 17th July 2015

Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

It’s hard to know when something momentous is about to happen. Unlike everyone in Alice’s Wonderland, we can’t remember the future, so we just have to wait until it’s all sped in to the past. It’s only then that the bright bits are easy to spot. Ah yes, this day was the most wonderful day; that moment was our… Continue reading Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

Things I’ll Be Doing in 2014 (And You Should Too)

Firstly, to be clear, don’t take any of my advice. I am so often saddened by the decisions I make in my own life, and they only affect me. For this reason, and reasons of laziness and procrastination, I will not be starting a cult this year. If I did start a cult, it would… Continue reading Things I’ll Be Doing in 2014 (And You Should Too)

Heavenly Places

Life is pretty short on miracles. I know this because I have made that shift, as pretty much everyone has, from my childhood state of believing pretty much ANYTHING, to the slightly flattening realisation that unexpectedly wonderful things are few and far between. Which is fair enough, because life is unmiraculous, and I'd be hell… Continue reading Heavenly Places

John Donne, that Feisty Old Rascal

Sometimes it's hard to remember that life was ever about lying flat out under the sun in a hot July. At these times, I heartily recommend eating and poetry. And eating poetry! (No, don't). As a strategy for getting through the dark, you can't really go wrong with eating and reading. I've been baking with the radio on and a… Continue reading John Donne, that Feisty Old Rascal