I have been to the cinema by myself twice in my life. The first time was several years ago. I had not long been in Orkney, wanted to see the film, but hadn’t put down roots or know anyone well enough to ask them to go with me so I went alone. I enjoyed the … More Going it alone
As I type the rain is currently HAMMERING on the window and the wind is howling; the light is diminishing daily and there are many weather related struggles rearing their ugly heads. For example the recycling dilemma. Do I put the recycling out and risk getting it blown all over the place, so I have … More Surviving Winter Blues
Four years ago to the day we returned from having driven Miss Lashes to her new abode. She had left home and was postponing her gap year to go and volunteer with Soul Survivor church in Watford, with something called Soul 61. As much as I love Orkney, driving from here to London was an epic undertaking. … More Empty Nest Syndrome
The time of year has come round again when the clocks go back. I’ve had 46 years of this so I know the drill. We gain an extra hour, but the rest of my life disappears down a vortex to pay for it. I wake up not knowing if it’s 8am, 7am, Sunday, July or … More Gaining and hour and losing a week.
Did you know today is world smile day? For me it’s been less smile and more grimace. It all started a few days ago when I went along to my first ever Fatburn Extreme class. It’s the latest lard busting exercise class that I’ve seen and read about and is said to be very effective, so I … More Exercise, it’s good for you……apparently
It’s national poetry day so I thought I’d share three of my favourites. Feel free to share yours I’m always interested in expanding my poetry appreciation. Stop all the clocks by W.H Auden, to me, sums up perfectly how grief feels. No more words needed. Stop All the Clocks Stop all the clocks, cut off … More National Poetry Day
It happened. Today I received my 15 minutes of fame. In reality, it lasted about 15 seconds but never mind, that’s about all I’m ready for. I’d been talking to a couple of women and as I made to leave a man arrived. He looked at me and said ‘are you Sarah? Are you Norq from … More My 15 Minutes of Fame
I had to take Tech Support for an X-Ray on his hand today following a rugby accident at school. No big deal about that, all was fine thankfully, but it reminded me of the many times I’ve been before. With two children, it’s difficult not to spend times trooping back and fore to A&E over the … More The Bumps and Bruises of Life
Regular followers of the blog will know that I have embarked on a sponsored H2Only to raise money for the RNLI. Basically I can eat normally but any drink for ten days can be only water. No morning cuppas, hot chocolates, fizzy drinks, juice etc. A big thank you to those of you who … More Sponsored H2Only Update: The Struggle is Real!
Living in Orkney I have become only too aware of how vital the RNLI are. Orkney Beef was a lifeboat volunteer for some time and when he married me he moved away from shout distance and was unable to be a lifeboat man anymore. Readers it was a close call! He was very torn as … More For Those in Peril on the Sea