Our Town

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"... A place. A radiant, many-layered, slightly magical place, as achingly real and yet just out-of-reach as a dream you start to forget as soon as you wake up. A place set off in glorious isolation from the rest of the world, but urgently alive with its own rules. its own memories, its own secrets. " That's how Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Continue Reading

A Gruffalo Party

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Today we had a Gruffalo party. My son turned 4 yesterday. The most favourite thing in the world to this 4 year old is the Gruffalo. So when it came to his party it was only fitting we entered the world of the deep dark wood. Inspired by my boy's passion and imagination, I embraced all things Gruffalo. He made sure I remained true to the Continue Reading

A Deck – Renovations Part 2

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Before renovations we had the ugliest junk-filled patio in the universe. Hands down. We won. We completely admit responsibility for its demise. Yes, yes we do. But it was a rather uninspiring in the first place. Was it even a patio? There were those awkward steps down. There was that hot roof. And SO many cobwebs. And then when we had kids Continue Reading

The Epiphany of Home

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I’m popping in to give a quick update. Not my usual kind of post, but I am time poor and adventure rich. Let me attempt to recap how we ended up right here, right now. A month or so back I wrote about my longing for home. It was intense, melancholic, urgent. I had reached a mysterious indefinable limit. I didn’t realise it then, but I was so Continue Reading

The Pancake Artist

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I am married to a pancake artist. Like many dads, he likes to make pancakes for his kids on Saturday mornings. But lately he doesn’t make just your average pancake. All sorts of shapes have been adorning the plates. Cats, rabbits, dinosaurs, ninja turtles. Shapes designed to put smiles on our faces. A few weeks ago we were impressed with Continue Reading

Radiance

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I'm a  lover of  sunlight. The way it illuminates the details. The way it heals a broken spirit. The way it arcs across the earth, into fields, into houses, into windows, into hearts. I never tire of observing it. Maybe that's why I'm a writer and photo-taker. I'm on a neverending quest to capture the light. I wrote about light in a post Continue Reading

Not A Birthday Party

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I feel like I’ve known her forever. I’m sure in a previous life we were mermaids, or French songstresses, or warrior princesses. One of the three. For sure. This is supposing I actually believed in reincarnation or such things, of course. In this life I’ve known her a long time. Nearly 20 years. Our stories have interlaced around each other Continue Reading

Getting On With The Show

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Are you still here? I hope so. I’ve been away again. I can’t tell you how many times I sat down in the last few weeks and willed my brain to type a post. Blank screen. Every time. Unbloggable events continue to unfold in my life. But I think I’m slowly emerging from this funk. Even if I could legally write about the truth, some of it is too Continue Reading

Me versus The Unicorn

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Me and the unicorn. We’re not friends. I've never liked them. No offense to any unicorn lovers out there, it just never has been my thing. Maybe the idea of them wasn't sold to me as a kid. Maybe I read the wrong books. Besides, they always seemed a bit scary to me. Not friendly horses. EVIL horses. That horn of theirs could do some helluva Continue Reading

Festivus for the Restivus

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Every Christmas Mr G threatens to launch into our own version of Festivus. It seems to follow a grumpy slump around the end of November. Or perhaps it coincides with my sudden shopping frenzy and the need to take endless Christmas photos of our children. I don't blame him for wanting to escape the madness of Christmas. In our family Christmas Continue Reading