One year. 52 weeks. 365 days. Despite the best of intentions, the occasional pang of guilt and fleeting flashes of inspiration, that’s how long it’s been since my last blog. In the past few weeks, I decided that had to change. Perhaps that’s because the anniversary of the unexpected event that prompted me to start … Continue reading What a difference a year makes
In recent weeks the bunches of flowers on a roadside pole on my way home have been a visible reminder of a teenage girl who lost her life there. She was hit by a car. A single sight, a sound or a smell can take you right back into a moment from your past, just … Continue reading A year of new appreciation for life
When ‘selfie’ was announced by Oxford Dictionary last week as its word of the year for 2013, I smiled… just quietly to myself, not down the lens of my smartphone. Yes, I hear the sighs about newly-made-up words going into the dictionary. I hear the cries of narcissism and cultural decline that have been debated … Continue reading Can’t help my selfie, bad habits?
Something my Dad used to say after he retired has come back to me lately for a couple of reasons. He used to laugh about the word ‘retired’ and say that he had never worked so hard in his life. That was very true. On retirement he took up running a 100-acre farm. He had … Continue reading Make the most of every day
My Dad did many things in his life but there’s one thing he did that to me, feels like he achieved the impossible. He managed to leave me and each of my sisters with the quiet belief that we were his favourite girl. That wasn't a word Dad would have used, nor was it something … Continue reading Enough treasured stories of Dad to fill a book