Irresolute

Happy New Year! See the 2022 spread in my journal there? That's as far as I've got with my speculations about the year to come. I was intending to use the page for the yearly horoscope predictions, but I'm wavering. To avoid thinking about this, I've been having a few thoughts about resolutions instead. This…

Soft focus

In a weekend where I began to feel social media grating on my nerves, I made a conscious decision to blur out all of the hype and focus on what I enjoy about my hobbies. Instead of becoming irritated by the number of times the Official Filofax Instagram account posted pictures of the new Slate…

Eight inches later

I have finally got past the 2" obstruction on this Christmas knitting project, so big sighs of relief all-round. It took a lot of getting to this point, but it finally feels like the garment is going to happen. Most importantly, it is now a piece of knitting that I feel inclined to pick up…

Serendipitously early

I have been ridiculously premature in choosing my Word of the Year for 2022. My soul has suddenly hit fast-forward and decided to shine a torch on Christmas when it should be narrowing its beam to illuminate the coming month. Thus the far-distant change of year has been occupying my mind, which I'll admit is…

Toucan’t

I miss my bikes. I forget how much I miss them until I see happy cyclists out on the road and I wish I wasn’t trudging along on the footpath. However, I have the consolation of carrying my little pouch with the bicycle print every time I leave the flat. I bought this pouch on…

Green ink and the apocalypse

Flowers for a friend Over the weekend I finally finished my re-read of Greg Bear’s “The Forge of God”. I spent several weeks ambling through the first two-fifths of this novel and then raced through the larger part in two days flat. Sometimes you re-read a novel and you wonder what you saw in it…