Take a walk and see a different view

It’s a strange thing, grief. Just when you think you’ve worked through a stage, it strikes again. Fortunately, I’ve got some wonderful people to talk to and, of course, there’s the calming magic influence of dogs. The past couple of days have been tough, but after a deep chat this morning, I decided my brain needed … Read more

Treasuring memories and creating the new

2015 has been a dramatic year so far with the passing of my Mum and the bittersweet combination of farewells and celebrations of her life. The slow working of Parkinson’s disease made life more difficult over recent years, but our family were there at every step of the way and even in the darkest moments … Read more

There’s more to life than numbers

Sometimes we can get lost in the pursuit of numbers. I need more followers, likes, shares, retweets, plusses! Not that they necessarily lead to more sales or transactions, but they look and sound good, so they must be of value. Over the past day, what have really had an impact on me are individual messages from people: … Read more

My 10 hopes for 2015

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but here’s a glimpse of the world I seek in 2015. Already, on the first day of the year, I saw daffodils springing up in the park and realised what potential is available to us all over the next 365 days. In the UK, we’re due an election in May 2015. … Read more

I reduced sugar but still eat cake

I’d wanted to do something about it for years. I didn’t think I was overweight, I just felt uncomfortable at times: not right. In 2013, a stomach bug caused me considerable bloating and discomfort for some months. I had to buy bigger trousers as I couldn’t wear 90% of those in my wardrobe. As a Crohn’s … Read more

What’s your social style?

I’ve never been a frequent party-goer or a seeker of casual chit-chat. Even as a student attending Latin seminars in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Lodge in Regent’s Park in London, I used to enjoy solitary walks around the Inner Circle on winter days, listening to the wind in the trees and watching the water spouting from the … Read more

A rambling and a musing in 2015

I find the Christmas and New Year break a good time to wind down, recharge and prepare for the year ahead. I don’t usually make resolutions, but it is good to refocus on what I want. I’ve even refreshed this blog in preparation for more frequent posting in 2015. 2014 has been a tough year … Read more

Wellies as good as new with Stormsure

Over the past 10 years I’ve owned lots of pairs of wellington boots. It’s not that I have an obsession with them, but they just don’t seem to last very long. Whether expensive, cheap or mid-range, inevitably I experience my socks suddenly soaking up water as I walk through a puddle or paddle in the sea. After telling several … Read more

A second chance?

How often do we make mistakes and think we have blown any chance of having a second chance? Several years ago I was driving along a country lane when a squirrel ran out into the road. Now I know all creatures take their chances in the wild, but I hate the idea of anything being … Read more

One and one is one

There is often more than one way to view anything. I could say that last weekend was wasted on work as I had to bring my business accounts up to date so I could file my value added tax (VAT) return. Or I could say that we spent a relaxing weekend by the sea: on Friday night we … Read more

What have we achieved this week?

Sometimes days and weeks pass and I wonder what I actually did. So I’ve just been thinking what I did that was different this week. In addition to a full week of work, this week I: Made porridge for the first time rather than just eating it Compered interview role-plays in front of 170 Year … Read more

When can I die?

When can I die? Speaks pain From the corner bed near the window. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate? Trolley clanks into 21st century bay. No one loves a fairy over 40. From the corner. What is your date of birth and full name? Nurse. What’s happening? From near the corridor. Will you phone my cousin … Read more

Stop and see new life

I’ve got so much to do over the next few days that I don’t have much time, but before rushing to my office this morning I remembered the seeds I had planted. I had to take a look. Sure enough, the runner bean and tomato seedlings are sprouting. What a wonderful feeling. What makes it … Read more

The Eat-As-Much-As-You-Like Dog Walking Diet

For too many Christmases I’ve felt my trousers shrink. Why do they do that? There used to be a time when I could eat and eat and eat and not change weight or size. It was . . . I don’t remember when. Strangely, I don’t want to eat quite as much as I used … Read more

Tidy your room!

In many ways I am not a tidy person. Even as a child my bedroom was untidy, although not quite as tidy as people seem to say children’s room are these days. Strangely, even though some people think I am a bit (or very) absent-minded, my head is quite ordered. Anyway, due to personal and … Read more