100 Things I’ve Loved About Charlton

Soaring red kites circling the house. Screeching. “Hello beautiful”. Counting parachutists as they emerge from the clouds. Confidently recognizing which seedlings in the garden are weeds. Striking up conversation with every dog walker. And stroking every dog. Watching first hand the farming circle of life: from newborns to on our plate. Feeling like you’re in … More 100 Things I’ve Loved About Charlton

One Last Time

On Thursday evening, we sat under the stars, in the beautiful Blenheim Palace courtyard, and sang along to David Gray. The atmosphere was joyful and happy, and the nostalgia and love in full force. As we drove out the gates -for one last time- we turned back to that special spot, and waved goodbye. Over … More One Last Time

Happy Anniversary Lungs!

Nine years ago -this week- I collapsed whilst getting ready for work. Overnight my life changed. Completely and totally. Previously a busy and active primary school teacher, now I struggled to breathe and move and live. And no one knew why. For six difficult and exhausting months, I battled to subsist with my unfamiliar disabilities … More Happy Anniversary Lungs!

The Wait

Phil’s brother rang me on Wednesday. He had just tested positive for Covid. At the mere mention of the virus, my stomach dropped. Worry. He’s the first close person I know to have caught it. The news headlines have reached us. But then my head started whirring, and my heart started thumping. I thought back. … More The Wait

A Perfect Storm

For the past seven weeks, I’ve been living in a storm. A lone tree flailing around during a dark monsoon. As Autumn has pummeled the world outside my window, with its battering winds and drowning rain and overcast skies… my own inner gale has mirrored it exactly and pummeled me. At times it has been … More A Perfect Storm

Reaching 40

Last week I had a birthday. A big one! I am now the grand old age of forty! 😛 And although I can no longer describe myself as a ‘young’ lady, and will now have to tick the middle age box on official forms… I am beyond elated to be entering my fifth decade. It’s … More Reaching 40

The Chirping Birds

On the day the first UK case of Coronavirus was announced on the news, the birds moved in.  A troop of tiny, chirping, colorful feathered creatures took roost in my head.  My own personal town-criers.  For the past month or so, they’ve been constant -unwanted- companions.  Reminding me of what to worry about, who to … More The Chirping Birds

Looking Back

The other evening Phil and I had a date night.  In our own home. 🙂  We dressed to the nines, decorated the room with (battery operated! 😛 ) candles, and cooked a delicious Mexican feast.  Later, over Chocolate Orange fudge cake, we started chatting about our year.  Reflecting on 2019.  Looking back.It’s become a bit … More Looking Back