Christmas is back in its box and we have all been plunged back into darkness as the lights are down or at the very least switched off. This is when people like me (whingers) have to dig deep to make it through to Spring. I often have a massive falling out with Orkney at this … More My Week In Pictures – From Couch to Couch Potato.
It’s National Writing Day today and I thought I would share with you a short story I wrote a couple of years ago. I love writing observational stuff on life, but I also enjoy writing more serious work too. This piece won 2nd prize in a folklore short story competition and 50 quid too! Not … More National Writing Day – A Short Story
‘If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced’ … More My Week In Pictures – How To Write (and Read)
There are many reasons why I write this blog. It all started with people encouraging me to do so, and as I enjoy entertaining people through writing I thought I would give it a go. I’ve received loads of really lovely comments and messages over the last couple of years and I appreciate every single one … More My Week In Pictures – Gardening, Solitude, Friendship and Hope.
My week started with ripping off the next page of my desk calendar, with its wisdom perhaps pointing to what kind of week I was going to have.
it’s a chance for the introverts of the world to celebrate their special day in their own homes, quietly, alone, with a book or jigsaw. … More Happy World Introvert Day
This photo of me was taken exactly 30 years ago this week. I know this because it was taken on my 18th birthday while at a works Christmas party. 30 + 18 = 48 and that is the age I turned this week. I don’t tend to get too hung up about age but every … More 18 Year Old Me
And of course the party goers reached the stage where they all prop each other up, sing with arms swaying and love every body. … More My Week in Pictures
It’s exciting times for Orkney as it’s in the middle of hosting its third book festival weekend. A perfect time to talk to local author of The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby. ”In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie: Robbie’s widow, Tessa; Tessa’s old … More The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby
I want to write stuff about my old lady status being activated by the purchase of varifocal glasses, how getting used to them makes me resemble a nodding dog. … More I’ve Been Thinking…..