Finding Inspiration at the Motorway Service Station: imperfect thought fragments for the new year.

…and our hopes such as they areinvisible before usuntouched and still possible. W.S Merwin (see whole poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54327/to-the-new-year) And what of the year that was?  What will we choose to carry with us?  What will we choose to unload, lay down…thankful to feel that weight fall from us?  Perhaps a weight we never even knew we were … More Finding Inspiration at the Motorway Service Station: imperfect thought fragments for the new year.

Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas

It’s just before dawn on Christmas morning 2020.  The first few brave birds are sending out their song into the darkness.  As I sit to write this post there are still things left to be done: a few stray presents to wrap, the soup to make for lunch and the cat is nudging me for his breakfast. … More Early Morning Reflections – On Being Childless at Christmas

Lockdown Reflections

1 Settling the Heart: What cold-water swimming taught me about creativity The spectre of time and space Two years ago I started cold water swimming – something that has really helped my mental health, sense of wellbeing and, I believe, has alleviated the worst effects of my chronic migraine condition.  But it was only when I … More Lockdown Reflections

Finding the Tide – how I learnt to embrace Mother’s Day

There have been 18 Mother’s Days since I accepted I would be childless and it amazes me how the day – and the hype leading up to it – still manages to stir some very painful feelings and emotions.  For sure, my level of anger has reduced over these nearly two decades and I no … More Finding the Tide – how I learnt to embrace Mother’s Day