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

Lost Things

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I wrote this piece called 'Lost Things' two years ago for Bide magazine. Bide is an online subscription and the brainchild of my talented blogger friend, Anna Spargo-Ryan. Bide took a hiatus for awhile, but it's coming back to be re-launched very soon. Please welcome it when it returns in the new year. I've often thought about 'Lost Things', and Continue Reading

Dreaming of Michaelangelo

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Saturn on a line A sun afire on strings and wires To spin above my head and make it right But any time you like You can catch a sight of angel eyes all emptiness and infinite And I dream of Michaelangelo when I’m lying on my bed I see God upon the ceiling I see angels overhead And he seems so close as he reaches out his hand But we Continue Reading

Strong

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The rain started at 4am. A tender thread of water only lasting a few minutes, but it’s tiny patter on the roof was enough to comfort my heart. It woke me from my heavy-eyed thoughts, a clanky reel replaying the last few days. Days filled with fevers, rigors and a throat that burnt like the sun. Days where time was a jellylike substance. Saturday Continue Reading

The Sinking of the Mother Ship

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I’m about to have surgery tomorrow. I’m nervous. Unspeakably nervous. It’s a sinus operation. Fairly routine. But with all surgeries there are risks. And the recovery from this surgery is not pretty. I'm trying to think positive thoughts, but my overactive imagination is working back to back shifts. With my history of medical procedures you’d Continue Reading

A Kitchen – Renovations Part 3

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This is a story about a small out-dated creamy cream kitchen that turned into a modern, light and beautiful space. I don't know where to start when describing our old kitchen. It was dank and poky. The adjoining dining area was a thoroughfare. And the floors were an unsightly grey-beige lino. Perhaps I'll let the pictures do the talking. (And 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

A House – Renovations Part 1

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Here’s a crazy idea: Completely renovate a house over four months while still living in it with your 3 year old and 5 year old. It was insane. But we did it anyway. Imagine 12 weeks without a kitchen. Imagine 4 weeks without a washing machine. Imagine 5 weeks of mice scampering around you. Imagine moving all your furniture and possessions Continue Reading

To Begin

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Let it all uncoil. One word at a time. To begin again. To begin.  :::::: Here is my view right now. The first moment of stillness in months. Bright new morning. I’m sorry I’ve been away. I feel like I’ve been a sailor on the seas, and this is my first day on dry land. Legs are steady. I’ve had a good night’s sleep. Hello 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