The Last Hurrah

Over the past few days, I have been concentrating on getting myself ready to get back to work. I’ve been away for nine months of maternity leave and one month of annual leave (I could either take the annual leave at the beginning of my maternity leave, or lose it).   With this in mind,…

Poem: There Was a Time

A jolly poem, I think, started as part of a poetry writing thing I went on at Uni. It took me a bit to finish it. It is meant to kind of reflect the romantic style of early nineteenth century poetry, or there abouts. It was an exercise, a doodle that turned into something pretty….

My Grandad

I wrote this post a couple of years ago, after the passing of my wonderful Grandfather. It is a bit of a tribute to him. I put it on Facebook, but think it would be much better to share this publicly on my blog, so that the world entire can see how wonderful he was….

Poem: Shut Up

Another poem for you to have a wee look over. Now, this one is a tad forceful – which is what it is designed to be. Shut Up Shut up Damn you Die I buried you I have to lie. I’m wrapped Up in damned Deceit To all around And I retreat. Shut up I…

My Bronte Adventure

The other day, I made my semi regular pilgrimage to the seat of, as far as I’m concerned, the greatest literary minds in the history of the English language: The Bronte’s home village of Haworth. I’m closing in on the very end of my maternity leave which, with other factors thrown in there, has depressed…

Teeth & Legs

Having my two youngest kids five years apart has been very challenging, but also really quite fun! They are developing in very different ways to each other and are at completely different stages, which for me to watch unfold is absolutely fascinating and lovely. I’m a very proud Mum. At the moment, the biggest things…

100 Objects Project #3: The 5th Diary

This item is a bit of a cheat. It should have technically come under the first item in the series, but the thing is, I lost it. It gets its own entry because I am so goddamn relieved to have found it! This is my fifth diary which looked at my late teens between December…

A Decade Since I Graduated…

This month, July 2014, marks exactly ten years since I graduated. I remember the day I received my degree results. I was working as a temp for a joinery company in Keighley in Yorkshire and I dashed home during my lunch to see if the postman had been (these were the days before reliable online…