Monthly Archives: February 2014

mud and motherhood

It is definitely spring. There are still banks of snowdrops and now the hedges are full of yellow catkins and there are primroses and budding daffodils in the banks. It is definitely spring. There are still banks of snowstorms and … Continue reading

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Geeky

My daughter divides the whole universe into “geeky” and “not geeky”, in much the same way as the Daily Mail divides the world into “things that cause cancer” and “things that cure cancer”. I stand accused of making her “geeky … Continue reading

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Family. And the pitfalls of holiday rentals.

This is a story about family and serendipity OK, this summer Husband’s cousins from Australia are coming over to Europe. Husband is Irish, and the cousins will be visiting Ireland and then going on to Belgium, or somewhere. We had … Continue reading

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Asylum

I listen to radio 4 in the car, which means I catch scraps and shards of whatever programme is on. A couple of times this week I’ve caught excerpts from Barbara Taylor’s memoir,The Last Asylum.</em It's the story of her … Continue reading

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Mindfulness in unexpected places

I DO NOT CRUMBLE. I think of the small things. I concentrate my mind on the feeling of linen next to my skin. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent An amazing book about an 18th Century Icelandic woman sentenced to death for … Continue reading

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is, of course, utterly zeitgeist at the moment. But living in North Devon is like living in 1957, but with wifi. Things are so non-alternative here, it’s positively freaky. So I’ve been looking for a mindfulness course locally and … Continue reading

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Cycling getting better

I haven’t confessed to Husband yet, but I still only cycle with one cleat. Otherwise I get scared of falling over sideways. In my defence, I┬áhave fallen over sideways every time I’ve been out with my cleats – until today. … Continue reading

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Sidebar

A slightly disturbing sidebar comes up when I go into this blog to write something. It says “Related searches: Advanced Breast Cancer” and shows a picture of a surprisingly jolly looking lady hooked up to a machine and being proper … Continue reading

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More weather

When I started this, I never thought that weather would be such a theme. Mainly because here, on this little island in the Atlantic, we don’t really have weather. I mean, we do have weather, obviously, but it doesn’t usually … Continue reading

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Weather

Where is all this water coming from? There is exactly the same amount of water on this planet now as there was when it was first formed. Somewhere is really lacking water at the moment. Or maybe Husband is right … Continue reading

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