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Well hello 2020

Tomorrow is the 25th of January, which makes it, astonishingly, exactly one month since Christmas. I don’t know how one month can be so long, but there we have it. I don’t really get much out of Christmas. I rewrote that sentence like five times, peering over my shoulder and worrying that someone’s going to […]


It’s one of my favourite days of the year! It’s New Year’s Day! Happy 2019 everyone! My 2018 wasn’t terrible—I know it was for a lot of people, but I am lucky to be not one of them. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog but in 2017 I got a diagnosis (after […]

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Hello and Happy New Year! If you’ve read this blog for any length of time (hi Mum!), you’ll know that I love New Year’s. Christmas is cool, but I love waking up on New Year’s Day and feeling like there’s a fresh new year waiting for me. One full of wonder and potential; one I […]


The unread book problem

I’m not alone. I know as soon as you saw that title, you were already nodding sadly and thinking ‘same’. I’ll be honest: in many ways I don’t think of this as a problem. At my last count, I had over 50 unread books waiting for me, in my collection alone. That’s not even counting […]


New year, who dis?

I love New Year’s. Christmas is good and all, but New Year’s is my favourite. On New Year’s Eve, I clear the day and clean the house. I do the stuff I don’t normally do when cleaning generally, like scrubbing the splashed gunk off the kettle and washing the front of the dishwasher. Last year […]


In summary

So 2016 was a doozy, huh? In a broader cultural sense for the Western world, is was a honker of a year: even leaving aside political upheaval and the deaths of idols, it was a year of vehement public discussion and agitation. Everywhere I went, the culture felt raw and bruised. Then the conversations turn […]

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Another orbit around the burning day star

Whoop! Happy New Year friends! Those who have the good fortune to know me in real life may know that I love me a New Year. I know plenty who say “it’s just another day”, but shut up. This is the day we all agree to acknowledge that we’ve completed another orbit around the sun: […]

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Part of this complete breakfast

One of the best bits of my job(s) — maybe even THE best bit, on some days — is all the reading. I’ve always been a…shall we say…revolting glutton of a voracious reader. I read so many books, quickly, deeply, and often a few times over. (“Oooh, that bit was particularly good…better make extra sure it’s […]

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New Year’s Day: Let’s see here

Good morning and welcome to 2015! One of my favourite traditions, which I first read about on the Yarn Harlot’s blog, is spend New Year’s Day doing a little of everything you want to do in the year. So I’ll be spending some time on all sorts of things: yoga, reading, writing, working, walking, knitting, […]


Thanks 2014!

So it’s been an up-and-down kinda year. I’m reluctant to call any year a bad one (although there have been some 12-month periods of spectacular suckiness), but this one had some moments. (Speaking strictly personally here: I don’t have the words to even start on some of the massive horrible things that have happened around […]