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

Banned Books, Pseudonyms and a Secret Magazine

“Secrets, silent, stony, sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned.” James Joyce, Ulysses Maybe it's  a symptom of living in almost certain safety, to find the idea of banned books romantic. Imagine: the soft crackling of a paper bag containing a hard-back first… Continue reading Banned Books, Pseudonyms and a Secret Magazine

A Liebster Award!

I’m feeling lots of cosy feelings right now, because I was lucky enough to be gifted with the shiny Liebster Award from fellow blogger Bohemian Nerd. For anyone who isn’t regularly cavorting around the world of blogs and bloggers, the Liebster Award is given by one blogger to another, as a little hello, a thumbs-up… Continue reading A Liebster Award!

Hygge Will Get You Through This Winter

The long, dark nights are beginning. The Scottish winter demands effort and thoughtfulness, to get through it successfully to the other side. So I’ve been writing lists (‘make cookies. Wash clothes and self’) and making plans to go to the pub now and then. These things may seem small and lame. The lack of grandiose… Continue reading Hygge Will Get You Through This Winter