“Pace yourself,” they said in the smoking tent. “Don’t feel you have to do everything.” I’ve spent the past week at Swanwick Writing School, an annual event taking place in the tranquility of the Derbyshire countryside. I didn’t pace myself. There’s a wall of exhaustion that kicks in somewhere around Tuesday evening. It hits everyone,… Continue reading Reflections on Swanwick
I have rushes of both delight and alarm on seeing a bit of my life in a museum; it happens more often than I’d like to admit. This one was mostly delight. I found it at the Beamish museum this spring. In the bit of the afternoon where Mike and I had parted for some… Continue reading Nanna’s Tablecloth
Just about a fortnight ago, I was hopelessly cynical about the Olympics. There were stories of gloom every morning on the radio; people wanting to curb this and that, spectators being banned from taking all sorts of things into the Olympic Park and an army of people being sent out to patrol the cities of… Continue reading Olympic Moments
Part of my 366 Project. I took this picture on the beach at Blyth. We were there a couple of weeks ago, and it was pretty cold and windy. It seems quite a bleak place, but then there are lots and lots of benches with bits of poetry and songs and quotations on them. And… Continue reading Love on the Beach at Blyth
A photo for the 366 Project. We don’t make a great deal of use of the spice rack, but Mike’s been tidying the kitchen and decided that he’d put the herbs and spices into alphabetical order. A lot of these are very old, and possibly the ones that came with the rack when I bought… Continue reading Organised
Another little post inspired by Susannah Conway‘s courses on senses. We’re looking at smells this week, and I’ve done a quickie version of today’s task. Indoors because it’s a bit nippy outside (I can’t believe that this is the best that June can muster). In a hurry because Mike’s being watching the football and has… Continue reading An Indoor Smell Safari
For the 366 Project I’ve been playing around with Instagram lately, and am falling in love with the way that it can make a very simple photo into something really special. This isn’t an Instagram picture, but I’ve used Picasa to create a similar feel.
I’m following along with Exploring the Senses, a lovely e-course from Susannah Conway, and today’s email had me thinking lots about colour and particularly red. I don’t have lots of time this evening, but I had a bit of a creative burst and photographed a few bits at work as I was waiting for Mike… Continue reading Seeing Red