Something a little different

Just leaping in today to mention that I've started a sister-blog to this one as a space where I can track my creative writing endeavours. It's now up and running with my first post in what I hope will be a weekly series. I won't be cross-posting on a regular basis, but if you'd like… Continue reading Something a little different


Fiction vs. Fact

When I was fourteen, I thought I'd never meet any people as interesting as the ones I read about in books. When I was thirty-eight, I thought my fourteen-year-old self was wrong and that I could prove it as soon as I met the right real people. Now I'm sixty and I know I was… Continue reading Fiction vs. Fact

Knitting · Uncategorized

Works making nice progress

Well, that was a productive weekend so come Tuesday, naturally, I slumped. Hopefully the week will get better from here. First off, I finished my Nuclear Sunrise socks and they are a lovely addition to my sock drawer. Whether I will wear them much this side of late autumn I cannot tell; the colour is… Continue reading Works making nice progress

Uncategorized · Writing

DIY Writing Group

This weekend just past included the first Saturday of the month and that is when, in regular times, I would have been to my writing class at the Castle. The group last met in early March, the museum being closed to visitors before the first Saturday in April. It was after that initial missed session… Continue reading DIY Writing Group


A day in Helsinki

My lovely daughter is treating her aging mum to a birthday trip to Helsinki, Finland. It's a beautiful city. We visited the Design Museum yesterday and my eye was caught by this chunky knitted skirt. Helsinki is a lovely city, small enough to walk around comfortably, frequent trams, and surprisingly few cars. There is a… Continue reading A day in Helsinki


Planner ahoy!

Well, I have teased you for long enough and now it's time to reveal my 60th birthday gift-to-myself - the A5 William Hannah Notebook in Bordeaux and Petrol. When I fully processed the fact that I was unlikely to treat myself to a pen to celebrate my 60th birthday, I wondered what else would fall into… Continue reading Planner ahoy!

Poetry · Uncategorized


The list of things I haven't done the past week is enormous. I haven't exercised anywhere near enough. I haven't been faithful to my diet. I haven't finished reading Midnight At The Well Of Souls (by Jack L Chalker, thrilling 1970s sci-fi). Indeed, for the past three days I haven't even written or knitted. Instead… Continue reading Revelation

Knitting · Uncategorized

I don’t have plans and schemes

I don't have plans and schemes And I don't have hopes and dreams I don't have anything Since I don't have you Well, actually, I do! Over the past couple of days I have been examining my modest yarn stash to work out which yarns I want to keep and which I am never going… Continue reading I don’t have plans and schemes

blakes 7 · Stationery · Uncategorized

Dreary days, December desks

After a fine run of warm, sunny autumn days, it seems we have turned a corner and yesterday was dark and dank without respite. A day for hunkering down with steaming mugs of tea, for switching on the lamp to provide a pool of light on the desk, for typing and typing (trying to improve… Continue reading Dreary days, December desks