Dark times at midsummer

  I’ve lived over sixty years and I can’t recall ever feeling as depressed and hopeless as I have felt and still feel this week. Orlando First, the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine people having a fun night out in a gay nightclub, gone. As a bi woman, this hate crime with its terrible toll…

Women’s histories

I went to a local Vintage and HandMade goods fair at the weekend. If I’m going to buy something I want it to be a little unusual, so I now have a beautiful lino-cut print of a running hare for a particular spot on my wall that’s been waiting for something. And an unusual ceramic…

N’est pas un parfum pour les femmes effacées

What is she talking about now, I hear you ask! Well I was walking past the Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics counter the other day just as a customer spritzed herself with Rive Gauche. In a giddy breath, I was transported back to those heady days of the mid-70s. For me they were an uneasy marriage between…

A centennial story

My darling Mum would have celebrated her 100th birthday this week. Sadly she died at only 74, but it made me reflect on her life and the amazing things that have happened in the last 100 years. Her name was Ethel. Born bang smack in the middle of the First World War to a working…

Taking a fall

Two weeks before Christmas, on a Monday morning, I had a nasty fall in my kitchen. Why am I telling you? Because there was something about it that foreshadowed for me what it may be like to be old and frail. And that got me thinking about vulnerability. But first, the fall. It was, perhaps,…

Seasonal blessings

Wishing you all a wonderful festive season this year. See you on the other side. (Click the image to see it larger)

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