One Year Later

I have been anticipating this moment for the past few months with some mild yet bemused excitement. We are on holiday in South Africa but this is just a vast beautiful backdrop to the event that has been foremost on my mind. My blog has finally turned one year old! It seems strange that this…

Beauty and the Beast 2017

I have just returned home after watching director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast with my three girls (8,10,14) and honestly I could go straight back and watch it all over again!  Love, a villain, loss and a happy ending, all woven into a gorgeous backdrop – Disney have nailed the ultimate fairytale recipe that guarantees…

“Mum, What’s the Meaning of Lice?”

“The meaning of LICE? As in those horrible, disgusting little creatures you kids love to bring home on your heads? Or are you wondering about why you’re here? Eight years old is a quite young to be pondering your life purpose, don’t you think?” I’m smiling, I have to admit I’m a little impressed by…

Confounding Symptoms. If only…

My father was a neurosurgeon, and he made mistakes. If he had been more of a machine and less human, was never tired or sick himself and always made the right decisions, there are still vast swathes of unchartered territory in the medical understanding of how our bodies work. To put it simply, what makes…

WooHoo! It’s done, all 10,000 words of it!

I could see the little number counter clocking higher and higher down on the left hand side of the screen in Word so I just couldn’t stop. I finally completed Chapter Six last night and this concludes the first section of my book, as well as the 10k March writing challenge – and I’m delighted! I am just…

Of Kids, Cottage Pie, Chocolate and Turnips (and St Patrick’s Day)

  This is not a recipe, really. It’s just another poorly photographed discussion around something delicious. There are some really beautiful food blogs out there, like Andrea’s – that I only recently found. My cooking is more about feeding the masses on a daily basis. So last night I made cottage pie for 9 and while I…

A letter to my son 

Originally posted on Baby Gubbins:
My heart’s wonder, Six months have passed since I first felt your warm little body placed on my belly. The overwhelming flood of love and emotion that I felt on that day of your birth has soaked deep into the very core of my being.? I watch you as you…

Chapter Two -Arm wrestling with a novel, and life.

I am reduced to drinking espresso, they are quicker to make. I am learning what it is to squeeze the necessary tasks of life into what I really want to be doing, ALL the TIME. I didn’t imagine that my head would be crammed and attention arrested so entirely with this book writing process. I have…

The 10K Writing Challenge

Originally posted on What Inspires Your Writing?:
I know, I know, I haven’t written much on the blog this week. That’s because March is Challenge month, and I’ve been staying incredibly busy over at ChapterBuzz, where we’ve got some seriously good stories-in-progress emerging. Check out some of the best. Many of the writers would love…