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
If you’re a regular here, you might have noticed that I sometimes take part in Kate’s Listography over at Kate Takes 5. You’ve probably also noticed that I’m annoyingly sentimental. But I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I hoard and retain and find it really hard to throw stuff away. Put those three things together,… Continue reading My Mugography
An assortment of the very strange faces from my 1970s version of “Guess Who?”. I’m comforted to see that the game seems to have been updated and the current faces are a little less sinister than these ones. Yes, it’s already 18th January and I’m still only at picture number 6.
Over at I Want My Mummy, Clara’s hosting a Monday Mixtape on childhood crushes. Mine was George Michael. In his Wham! heyday, I covered my bedroom wall with posters and thought he was the most gorgeous man alive. I still have a huge soft spot for him now, but less of a crushy thing and… Continue reading Monday Mixtape
It feels a bit self-indulgent to be picking out lots of my own pieces to mark the year, but doing just that is one of Mama Kat’s prompts for this week so I kind of had to join in. I bought this domain name on New Years Eve last year, although I didn’ t make… Continue reading My Posts of the Year
I was a peculiar child. Peculiar in that bookwormy, writery, reading-absolutely-everything-I-could kind of way. I’m guessing that I’m amongst similarly peculiar friends here on the blogosphere. We – my sister and I – always had lots of presents at Christmas, but the ones that stand out the most are the strange ones, the ones that… Continue reading The Best Gift Ever
Do you see the concentration on that little face? The hands resting on the keys that, at first glance, look like the effortless hand-over-hand movement of a concert pianist? The beginning of family lessons in music, because we’re from Yorkshire and there was no point throwing good money away on an actual teacher. Learning mostly… Continue reading Making Music
Our Table Topics theme at Toastmasters last week was based around the advice that we’d give to our 10-year-old selves, given the opportunity to go back and have a word. Table Topics are normally given quickly, moments before having to stand up and speak with no preparation. They’re about as ‘life on the edge’ as… Continue reading Most Important Advice