A Christmas Survival Guide (for Tired Busy People)

So this is Christmas, the time of year for festooning. Festooning things like mantelpieces and best friends and pets. Festooning with tinsel and fairy lights, cake crumbs and mulled wine stains. Tis also the season for stress and forgetfulness. No matter how dutifully I write things in my calendar, by the first week of December… Continue reading A Christmas Survival Guide (for Tired Busy People)

Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

If you could hibernate through winter, would you? Find a nice cave, fill it with biscuits, put on a jumper, and sleep? Sleep lavishly. Slumber in an absolutely unreachable state. I know I would. I’ve written before about my annual sad feelings which always come around just in time for Christmas, and the things that… Continue reading Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

Stargazey Pie and Winter Tales

The alarm goes in the dark. The day looms ahead: rain, aches, itches, work. Wonderful possibilities are passing you by. Strangers are lost and unhappy and grief-struck. We’re an insignificant speckle amid infinite space. Yes, ‘tis the festive season again. Pass me my daylight therapy lamp, for I am s.a.d. If the dark is getting… Continue reading Stargazey Pie and Winter Tales

Christmas: It Has Begun.

I always tend to go a bit wild with my Christmas making and do-ing... making my own cards, wrapping things 'innovatively' ('weirdly'), crafting elaborate things with pastry for no reason whatsoever. I suspect this is because I have no kids to slowly but surely drain me of the will to live around this time. This… Continue reading Christmas: It Has Begun.