• Watching Mr Blackbird sitting in the tree like he does every morning
  • Toast and marmalade
  • Texting with Isaac about family tree stuff and his new work and other things
  • Typing up these entries and thinking about the year so far
  • Summoning positive energy and inner strength
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • My bedroom tree is full of birds this morning including two beautiful bullfinches
  • Doing my back stretches on the sunny bedroom floor
  • Agneta is SO kind and gorgeous and soothing and honestly she is the only thing that keeps me going
  • My books have come from Amazon
  • A hot water bottle and paracetamol
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • A better sleep
  • A little more appetite
  • Crochet and puzzles
  • Lovely Agneta
  • Watching Carol Klein
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • A better night's sleep
  • A very small amount of food
  • The safety of Mum's house
  • Crochet and puzzles and kind friends
  • Listening to Richard Mabey programmes
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • Morning and I am still alive
  • Texts from friends
  • Managing to do a little walk round the block
  • Sun shining into the house, doors and windows open and a delicious pan of bolognese sauce bubbling on the stove
  • A bath and pyjamas
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • It's so lovely to see Rosemary again
  • We have a brilliant chat in the front garden with blankets and hot water bottles and she brings me my own personal car boot sale
  • Finishing all the naughty food in the house is delicious even though I then feel sick
  • A lovely hot bath
  • Watching Le Bureau and eating sweet and sour chicken in bed
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • Esmé is six months old and so smiley, and Elsie is two and a half and has a homemade slide in the front room, and people put photos on the Baby Pics group
  • The most beautiful sunny day
  • Sitting outside in the garden for an hour and it is so warm and still and lovely
  • Texting with Isaac and sending each other photos
  • Thinking about making art
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • Rosemary's kindness
  • Isaac has had the Pfizer jab
  • My temperature doesn't go any higher
  • Writing things down and making a plan is really helpful
  • Falling asleep listening to a programme about mountain hares in the Peak District
mar 21 2021 ∞
mar 21 2021 +
  • Sitting on the sofa in the back room with the window open and the sun streaming in
  • Finishing the shawl I've been knitting
  • Reading Josie George
  • Video calling with Imogen and Lenai
  • A lovely text from Anne next door
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • My leg is a bit better again
  • A lovely hot shower and clean hair
  • Doing some needlepoint stitching
  • A bit of the evening to myself after Mum goes to bed
  • Messaging with Marcie
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • It's fun ordering food from the Co-op on Deliver and getting it in half an hour
  • Texting with Agneta
  • Sneaking biscuits
  • Microwave curry for tea, such a treat
  • Reading my book and eating Dairy Milk
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Beautiful flowers from Rosemary
  • Messaging with my friends
  • Peanut butter, sausage and chilli jam on toast for lunch
  • Growing my knitting
  • Talking to Mum about long ago and far away
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Beautiful snow
  • A lovely hot shower that makes my body feel nice again
  • Starting to knit my flecky black shawl
  • Cake and reading
  • Rory phones up for a chat and it's so nice to talk to him
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Some small improvements to my leg
  • Laughing about the Handforth Parish Council video with Jackie Weaver
  • Finishing Dark Fire
  • Looking at maps and researching on the internet with Mum about Loudwater railway station and Sir Philip Rose's secret road and lodge house
  • The hope of sleep
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • It's lovely to chat to Isaac in the car on the way to Mum's, about all sorts of things but especially about how Imogen is doing and what a lovely young girl she is growing up into
  • It's a relief to be at Mum's and feel safe and things are easier because of the lift and the downstairs loo
  • Toby phones to see how I am
  • Delicious hot food and nice things to eat
  • Thankful for my Mum
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Gently cutting Mum’s soft, white hair into a bob for her
  • Eating lunch and doing the crossword together
  • She helps me to feel a bit safer financially
  • Making pancakes with lemon and sugar for my tea
  • Watching Lupin
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • It is so good to connect with friends on Facebook, and feel less isolated
  • Finishing my first proofreading exercise and sending it off
  • A phone call with Agneta
  • Walking on the common
  • A bath and Dix Pour Cent
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • A good sleep at Mum's
  • Cleaning and doing jobs for her to make things easier
  • Driving home through the forest and over the tops in the crisp white glare of snow
  • Making positive financial plans feels good
  • A little walk round to see Isaac and Esmé on the doorstep, and the girls through the bedroom window
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Finding all my invoices from when I was self-employed twenty years ago
  • Knowing I am working towards new things, slowly and steadily
  • Too wet to go out, but the relentless rain is also somehow calming
  • Some laughter and connection on Facebook and messages
  • Feeling clean after a lovely hot bath
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • The most beautiful thick white frost and hazy fog
  • A really long lie-in, just with myself and my thoughts
  • Listening to the radio
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Early into bed, cosy and warm
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • At last it is morning and I am still alive
  • Doing a lot of detective work up ladders and under floorboards and baling out water and identifying where Mum's leak is coming from and I feel TRIUMPHANT
  • Seeing her becoming brighter and braver and happier because I am here keeping her company and cooking her nice food and making her laugh
  • A little walk to the other end of Ryles Park Road and there are some lovely houses
  • Early to bed and to sleep
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • A song thrush on the lawn
  • The sound of tea being poured
  • Bravely tackling the woodpile with a brush, the hoover, and a can of Raid
  • Making apple and apricot slice and eating it with a cup of tea
  • Warm and cosy with the woodturner on, watching the last part of Return of the King
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • I forgot to write today's list, but I did do some art and spent time in my studio and that was good
  • Oh, and cauliflower cheese with honey and mustard sausages were also good
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • A hot shower as soon as I wake up
  • Time with Mum, helping her to make her chilli jam, having lunch and chatting
  • Messaging about sea otters with Imogen
  • I have lots of piles of grey crochet squares now
  • Watching The Two Towers
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • An early morning walk on the common and the crunch of snow under my boots
  • Writing and thinking about the year that's gone
  • Listening to the radio and doing the birds of prey jigsaw
  • My experimental dairy-free trifle is a partial success and very delicious
  • Standing at the open window watching all the NYE fireworks and crying for loss, love and hope
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • Sleeping late
  • A phone call with Agneta
  • Making warming, nourishing, ham and lentil soup
  • Doing a jigsaw
  • Walking up to Heaton Moor because the common was too wet and muddy
mar 20 2021 ∞
mar 20 2021 +
  • A deep frost and a clear pink sunrise
  • Videos, photos and texts from my family throughout the day and it's so lovely to se their beautiful smiling happy faces
  • A lovely peaceful day with Mum, talking, cooking, doing the Christmas jigsaw and just being companionable
  • Laughing so much about not being able to end our WhatsApp call with Auntie Vivie and Uncle Peter
  • Turkey sandwiches, hot tea, a mince pie and a tangerine for tea
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • Delivering presents to my family with my Santa hat on and being jolly
  • It's so lovely to see smiley happy Elsie, hold her hand in the park, run and jump and splash in puddles with her and hear her say 'bye Grandma' when I went home
  • Pushing sleepy Violet in her pram
  • Seeing Imogen and Lenai in their elf hats
  • Watching The Snowman by the stove with tea and mince pies
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • More lovely Christmas cards and letters from friends and it's lovely to read them and feel connected
  • Enjoying a slice of the chocolate cake that Isaac and Kara made and brought over for Mum and sharing her huge pleasure in having been given it
  • Taking Mum for a drive in th countryside in the bright, low, winter sun and seeing her pleasure in it all
  • Mixed feelings, but mainly huge relief about the Christmas lockdown
  • Candles and a Christmassy scented wax melt, something nice to eat and Vera on TV
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • A lovely hot shower and clean shiny hair
  • A houseful of food from Tesco
  • My interview goes quite well and it's nice to talk to the lovely people
  • Popping to the window to see Imogen having her hair cut and smiley Esmé
  • Feeling so glad the interview is over
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • Time with Mum
  • A video call with Imogen and Lenai
  • Nearly finishing the crossword
  • Hazelnut chocolate
  • Finishing my CJ Sansom book
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • Waking early and lying in the darkness listening to the sounds of the day
  • A lovely bouncy walk round the muddy common in the fresh air
  • A chat and emails with Hannah and feeling a bit useful as a board member
  • Fetching my seaweed and stone print from the framers and it looks beautiful
  • Finding I've been offered an interview for the poetry library job
jan 30 2021 ∞
jan 30 2021 +
  • Putting up my Christmas papel picaro and it looks so pretty
  • The Ocado delivery man is so nice and polite
  • How wonderful is tea
  • Mashed sweet potato with ragu sauce on is so comforting
  • Trying my new air purifier and feeling hopeful
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Good conversations with Isaac and Toby
  • Video chatting with Imogen and Lenai and a surprise visit from Imogen and Isaac because their shower is broken
  • Noticing that the train track man's garden has tiny illuminated street lights when I walk past in the dark
  • Zooming with the Art B&B board
  • Staying cosy and warm and looking after myself as well as I can
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Walking in the damp and drizzle on the common feels good
  • Making healthy peanut butter cookies and eating them
  • Zooming with Sophy and Kristian is so interesting and stimulating
  • A cat in the garden
  • I love settling in for the evening and watching some TV
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Walking to the nice butchers on Queensway and buying supplies
  • Making Shepherds Pie and cake for Toby and Daisy
  • Seeing Isaac and Kara and the girls and chatting to them outside for a little while is so nice
  • It's good to know they've been to see their cousins
  • Going to bed very early for a looonng sleep
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Making myself helpful spreadsheets
  • Delicious salmon and salads for lunch
  • It was good to walk on the common even though I felt rubbish and it was cold
  • Thinking about internalised capitalism
  • Late-night messaging with Lynn
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Making myself some delicious and nourishing soup for lunch
  • Realising the soup cost next to nothing to make
  • Sitting in the back room with the windows open enjoying the fresh air
  • A lovely photo of Imogen, Lenai and Esmé
  • Cosy and warm with my new fleece blanket
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • It's good to help Mum with things so that she feels less alone
  • Exploring the back streets of Macclesfield
  • The sound of jackdaws
  • Lamb curry with white rice for a lovely treat
  • The last two episodes of The Queen's Gambit
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Bright wintry sunshine filling the bedroom
  • Feeling ok today
  • A nice gentle afternoon with Mum
  • Lovely salmon and two salads for tea
  • Starting to watch The Queen's Gambit
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • It's very lovely and cheering to receive texts from lovely friends seeing how I am
  • A morning walk on the bright sunny common, and feeling the better for it
  • Working in the garden for an hour, emptying summer pots and clearing runner bean plants
  • More history programmes
  • A very early night, cosy and warm
jan 29 2021 ∞
jan 29 2021 +
  • Violet is 9 months old today!
  • There is talk of a vaccine
  • Nice Dr Eidn is kind and reassuring and I feel helped
  • Walking on the common and all the leaves are bright and falling and soft underfoot
  • Being in bed listening to the rain outside
nov 10 2020 ∞
nov 10 2020 +
  • My laptop is not dead and my files are saved
  • Learning how to use Track Changes in Microsoft Word
  • Managing to do some of the editing which initially seemed too hard
  • Chicken and chorizo stew and avocado
  • Safe and comfy in bed
nov 10 2020 ∞
nov 10 2020 +
  • Treating Mum to delicious M&S tapas things, a cake and some flowers for her birthday
  • Arriving and she is all flushed and happy because people have sent her cards and bought her presents and had hampers delivered and phoned and texted all morning
  • Doing the crossword together and suddenly a bright bright rainbow appears
  • Lovely buttery toast and tea in bed watching Vera
nov 10 2020 ∞
nov 10 2020 +
  • I didn't die in the night
  • Lovely, reassuring Rosemary
  • Staying in bed all day until I felt better
  • Comforting lamb curry and rice for tea
  • Watching Vera in bed
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Spending the whole day re-potting my houseplants
  • The feeling of a job well done
  • Healthy eating
  • Texting with Toby and he seems ok
  • A lovely bath
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • It's good to be inside out of the stormy wind and rain
  • Working on my research task
  • A new book of sudokus has come
  • Thinking bravely about what might be making me feel ill and whether it could be resolved
  • Safe and snuggly in bed
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Being in the studio, writing, thinking, watching videos and even doing a bit of painting
  • Keeping warm and eating soup
  • Trying very hard to find crumbs of hope and positivity and hold onto them
  • Watching Detectorists in bed
  • Thinking about the research task I've been sent to do
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Talking and drinking tea in the garden with Mike
  • The last rays of beautiful slanting low sunlight illuminating the beech leaves on the common
  • All is very soft and still and quiet as dusk falls
  • Two jays
  • Lovely new patchouli and orange soap
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Thinking about Michael
  • Blueberry porridge
  • Getting out for a walk even though I felt rubbish
  • It's good to chat to MA people on zoom
  • Watching Ray Mears The Psychology of Survival
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Feeling a bit better this morning
  • Staying in pyjamas all day
  • We are not in Tier 3... yet
  • Chatting with Rosemary
  • More work on sorting Chetham's stuff
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Finishing something I needed to finish
  • Comedy rain, wind and hail
  • Mum's generosity
  • Quinoa porridge for tea with pomegranate
  • Daydreaming about the perfect house and garden
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Very briefly seeing Imogen when I went to rescue her and drive her to school
  • A really helpful zoom session with Kay
  • Planting out winter veg and salad plants in the rain
  • A piece of chickpea cheesecake
  • The last three episodes of Pride and Prejudice in bed on my laptop
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Healthy porridge with toppings for breakfast
  • A delivery from Beauty Pie and a parcel of nice new clothes
  • More sorting and tidying in the studio
  • The sound of rain pitter-pattering all day
  • Making a chickpea cheesecake and it's surprisingly ok
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Frozen pomegranate seeds are in stock
  • Spending time with Mum and taking her some shopping
  • Going out in the rain to put up a new secret bird feeder for her that Beryl and Brian can't see
  • Softer, kinder communication
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Wearing earrings and my denim jacket
  • A lovely afternoon sitting chatting outside Mike's flat
  • Getting my walk done
  • Dairy free fish pie for tea
  • The last ever Foyle's War
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +

Such a sociable day!

  • Drinking tea and chatting illegally in Rory's garden
  • Chatting on the doorstep with Mike when he brings my Waitrose delivery
  • Driving to Toby's with the spare highchair and having a lovely chat with him as well
  • Taking some old clothes to a lady in Didsbury who gave them to somebody in real need and that felt so good
  • A lovely little message convo with Kim who texted to see how I was
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Another warm, sunny, golden late summer day - the last?
  • Lying on the grass, looking up at the blue sky, seeing a buzzard, feeling the earth beneath me
  • Being gentle and compassionate with myself
  • Ordering all the supplements for my new regime
  • Feeling better for a short time
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • Cheering Mum up by doing the crossword together, going out to the garden centre and for a lovely drive in the countryside
  • A lovely new pale creamy green penstemon
  • Taking cuttings of the lovely penstemon
  • Chicken and chorizo stew for tea
  • In bed watching Foyle's War
oct 31 2020 ∞
oct 31 2020 +
  • A noseful of roses
  • Digging the veg patch in the sun
  • A lovely brisk walk on the common
  • Messaging with my best girl
  • Managing to eat healthily all day
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +

A wonderful day out:

  • Driving up the motorway letting my head empty
  • Talking to Michael on the way
  • Walking along the shore, waves of the Kent channel lapping, the wind in the trees behind me, curlews calling
  • Sitting in the sun drinking in the sparkly wonder of Morecambe Bay
  • Walking all the way to the top of Arnside Knott and seeing all the fells and the estuary and the bay
  • Driving through the magical wooded lanes of Silverdale
  • Home to a cup of tea
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Quietness at home
  • The sound of birds' wings fluttering
  • Fresh air and the smell and sense of autumn
  • Seeing a photo of Imogen and Esmé
  • The stillness of the garden
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Mornings at home in the garden, potting things up and enjoying the sun
  • Afternoons with Imogen and Lenai, spending long happy hours together while Isaac is at the hospital with Kara and Esmé
  • Talking, playing, cuddling, making and eating apple crumble, just being together and close
  • Isaac's gentle kindness
  • Evenings watching Foyle's War and having hot baths
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • So very very wonderful to see and hug and cuddle Imogen again
  • Spending the day with her and Lenai while Isaac and Kara were in hospital
  • Isaac’s goodness
  • Some quiet and peace later on
  • My own bed, unexpectedly
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • A lovely warm day, so tea and toast outside in the sun nice and early
  • Pottering in the garden, potting things up and pricking out seedlings and cutting the grass
  • Rosa 'Malvern Hills' looks spectacular at the moment
  • Chatting with Clare
  • Remembering to be calm and self-compassionate
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • A better night
  • A slow inside day being gentle with myself while a storm rages outside
  • Doing puzzles
  • A lovely webinar about self-compassion and anxiety
  • Doing a visualisation about a lovely strong compassionate wolf-figure on the shores of Morecambe Bay
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Picking runner beans to take to Mum
  • So glad I was with her when she fell and I could help her and cook tea and comfort her
  • The beautiful slanting low sun on the drive home
  • A video of Elsie eating an apple and saying 'apple'
  • A lovely bath and beauty treatments
sep 14 2020 ∞
nov 11 2020 +
  • Stretching and shakti mat outside
  • The inside asarina is flowering
  • Lots of mind-body pain work
  • Feeling stronger and braver
  • Relaxing with Words With Friends
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • The wet soft clovery grass
  • A single swift in the sky
  • Lovely cooling melon
  • Finishing my job application
  • The loudest thunder I have ever heard
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • The freshness of the early morning garden, sitting in the gentle breeze with the sun on my face, listening to sounds
  • A handful of sweet plums for breakfast from next door's garden
  • Doing back stretches and shakti mat outside in the lovely warm air
  • Eating peas straight from their pods on the bench in the sun
  • Investigating sparrowhawks on the common
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • A lovely hot shower, plus the hair dye is washing out
  • Time with Mum, talking and being close and sharing a meal
  • A lovely evening to drive home through Cheshire
  • The swifts are still here
  • I will remain optimistic and continue to look after myself well
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Mum’s Covid test is negative!
  • Second breakfast with toast and marmalade
  • A useful meeting with the functional medicine doctor
  • A bit of sitting in the sun
  • Dying my hair with the stuff Julia prepared for me and it’s ok
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Mum’s temperature has come down
  • A beautiful hot summer day with a blue blue sky
  • Ordering lovely, cheering things from Beauty Pie
  • Reading The Dean’s Watch which just gets better and better
  • Back stretches outside in the dark at ten o’clock, still some light in the sky, the bat flitting about catching moths and insects
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Picking sweet peas for Mum
  • Having lunch with her and tidying her garden while she spoke to the doctor on the phone
  • Cheering her up by taking her for a lovely drive in the hills in the late afternoon sun
  • Being super brave and going to the M&S food hall even though it made me really nervous
  • Eating the delicious food I bought there
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Further small shifts of energy and momentum
  • Sowing seeds in the shed while it rains outside
  • Tea and chocolate and conversation
  • Heated up lamb curry
  • An episode of _Dix Pour Cent _
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Tea and breakfast with the French doors open
  • A hug with Mum
  • Having lunch with her, chatting and just spending time together
  • Buying chocolate from the petrol station and scoffing it in the car on the way home just like the old days
  • Watching Liverpool lift the PL trophy
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Going outside in the sunshine first thing, drinking tea under the gazebo, sowing seeds, pottering in the garden
  • Doing my back stretches outside under a beautiful blue sky
  • Making a passionfruit cake
  • Four different butterflies in the garden: tortoiseshell, meadow brown, large white and common blue
  • Eating pasta outside in the garden and chatting with Mike
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Tea, porridge and Zoom chat with MA pals
  • Little interludes in the garden when it wasn’t raining
  • Making some drawings I wasn’t too displeased with
  • My Calendula ‘Snow Princess’ are beginning to flower
  • Starting the Curable programme and making initial contact with a private doctor
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • The soft mizzly loveliness of Lyme
  • Thinking and writing
  • Tea
  • Reading Elizabeth Goudge
  • Clean sheets and hope for another new mattress
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Finding quiet places at Dunham Massey to sit and drink in the lovely wooded stillness
  • The majestic ochre beauty of the deer
  • A phone call with Rosemary
  • Remembering that sugar is very bad for me
  • Watching a lovely programme about the fens
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Lyme Park: soft rain, rosebay willow herb, martins flying over the woods, new larch growth, the wooded valley by the stream, lime blossom, the sound of bees in the lime blossom trees, bilberries, a treecreeper, brackeny smells, the sound of rushing water
  • A little sleep
  • Chocolate
  • French conversation
  • Making cakes for Daisy
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Listening to Sam Harris meditations
  • Seeing Imogen briefly and taking her the Rebel Girl books
  • A lovely gentle day with Mum, having lunch and doing the puzzles in the paper and talking
  • Lamb curry for tea
  • Watching Dix Pour Cent
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Working in my studio
  • Lemon cake
  • A phone call with Rosemary
  • Stir fry for tea
  • More painting before bed
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Getting out and about early for a walk on the common and it's lovely down on the meadow with tall grass and wild flowers
  • Imogen sends me a photo of the unicorn jigsaw which they have finished and I send her a video of a granny-hop-out-of-bed and a photo of the blackbird's nest I found in the garden
  • Pottering in my studio
  • Helping Isaac to finally identify the Philip Ridley books he loved as a child
  • Watching Dix Pour Cent on Netflix
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • My MA pals who cheer me on when I challenge the tutors about privilege
  • A lovely phone call with Rosemary
  • A skirtful of fresh peas
  • Sitting outside in the shade of the gazebo and it's scorching hot
  • Liverpool have won the Premier League!
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Tea and fresh air to chase the dreams away
  • The pleasure of seedlings appearing
  • Another lovely walk in Lyme Park exploring some new paths I didn't know
  • Crocheting squares
  • Rice pudding and jam
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Chatting and drinking tea with Alison in the rain under my lovely new social-distancing gazebo
  • Delicious fresh salad and the first of the peas for lunch
  • Making delicious Welsh cakes
  • Starting a lemon yellow blanket for Baby Little
  • Watching Neil Oliver's Vikings programme
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • It is so good to be at Lyme Park again: the soft misty landscape, fresh green oaks, sheep bleating, skylarks singing, silence and stillness and ancientness
  • It's wonderful to have a proper country walk at last
  • A little visit to see Imogen
  • The most thrilling storm with thunder and lightning and torrential rain
  • Doing some work in my studio
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • It's so lovely to see Katharine for an hour or so, and we have tea outside at the front as civilised as we can
  • The sound of starlings' wings as they take off
  • Making a lemon drizzle cake
  • Imogen sends me a lovely, bittersweet 'lockdown poem'
  • Tea and a chat with Mike IN THE GARDEN!
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Waking to the sound of heavy rain and opening the window to listen better
  • The first strawberry of the summer all stunted and weird but tastes delicious and so strawberryish
  • Swifts flying low over the garden, lots of them
  • Lovely lamb curry for tea
  • Calmer today
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • It's so lovely to talk to Rosemary on the phone
  • Starting to think again about boundaries, my sense of self, Jeannette Winterson's 'dark gifts', the truth of reality
  • The shocking, visceral, momentous energy of the BLM movement and the Colston statue in Bristol being pulled down and thrown into the sea
  • The sweet peas are beginning to come into bloom
  • Sitting in the sun to eat my delicious tea of pasta, pesto and salad from the garden
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • It's lovely to see my MA pals on our Zoom meeting
  • Nice soft GF bread from the Incredible Bakery
  • Seeing Imogen, Isaac and Lenai through the window
  • Burying my nose in the roses and honeysuckle and breathing in deep
  • Hearing that Imogen is using the shaking technique I taught her to release her anger and stress, and also feeling so grateful that she is being loved and looked after
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • The loveliest day at Rosemary's, sitting in her beautiful garden surrounded by trees and hills, talking and laughing and it's so good to see each other again
  • She made it all nice with chairs and linen cushions and a beautiful rug and a big citronella candle
  • The delicious ginger biscuits I made yesterday
  • Isaac has been so brave
  • Agneta's goodness, gentleness and kindness
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Being outside in the sunshine
  • The intense scent of roses and honeysuckle
  • My anxiety is a little quieter today
  • Thinking about good and positive things
  • Watering the garden with bare feet as it gets dark
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Cutting the grass, planting out zinnias, making bird scarers, sweeping the patio and enjoying working in the garden for most of the day
  • Picking a lovely bunch of garden flowers for Kara and seeing her briefly
  • A little window chat with Imogen
  • Making myself delicious lamb curryy
  • Tidying my art room
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • A fierce but warm wind, very strange
  • Tidying the utility room and the garage and enjoying the tidy cleanness
  • The scent of the first honeysuckle
  • Watching a web talk with Dan Pearson about his garden
  • A walk at 10pm
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Tea in the tent with the sun streaming in and the birds singing
  • A lovely, affirming phone call with Rosemary
  • Homegrown salad and radishes for lunch with tuna and chickpeas
  • A nice surprise conversation with Isaac and hearing that Imogen and Lenai are playing lego in the paddling pool
  • The beautiful dark garden with candles and fairy lights twinkling
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Eggs and bacon and toast and mushrooms for brunch
  • Comfort and friendship from Rosemary and Clare
  • A video call with Isaac and Imogen and Lenai
  • Putting up the tent and being in it, surrounded by green and birdsong and being close to the ground, and later going to sleep in it listening to the sounds of the dark
  • Making choices to be positive and resilient
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Kind messages from friends
  • Lying on the yoga mat on the grass in the sun
  • Listening to calming voices on blogs and podcasts and meditations
  • Watching the birds on the little seed feeder
  • Doing sudokus
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Seed sowing in my pyjamas
  • Having chocolate in the fridge
  • Feeling slightly helpful in the board Zoom meeting
  • Keir Starmer makes me feel calmer and more hopeful
  • A scented candle and thyme tea and music
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Pricking out zinnias in my shed
  • Making and eating a lemon drizzle cake
  • Sitting with the sun on my face
  • My first sale on Instagram!
  • Delicious homemade lamb curry and saag paneer
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • A lovely cheering email from Gaby
  • Sowing spring onion seeds
  • Photos of Violet
  • Driving through the Cheshire countryside and seeing Mum
  • Freshly made sultana scones and jam with a cup of tea outside in the garden
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • Waking from a lovely dream where I was young, beautiful, loved and living a dynamic life
  • Pricking out beetroot seedlings in my pyjamas
  • Video calling with Imogen
  • A Waitrose delivery, tea and chat outside at the front
  • The scent of lilac, wisteria and hawthorn on my evening walk
sep 14 2020 ∞
sep 14 2020 +
  • The lovely sound of rain on the skylights and the smell of the wet garden
  • My pea shoots are coming up
  • Doing some painting and experimenting
  • Gnocchi and ragu sauce in the sunshine for tea
  • A nice bath
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • The cress seeds are growing leaves already
  • Messaging with Siân
  • My new bluetooth speaker arrives
  • Mini Victoria sponge with jam and cream
  • Reading through old sketchbooks and writing in my current one
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Birdsong in the morning through the open window
  • Planting out my radishes
  • Finishing two small paintings
  • My French lesson with la belle Nichola
  • Walking to the post box in the fading light, the sky is furious cerise pink and a heron flies over, croaking
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Writing my French homework
  • My pea sticks and hazel poles are delivered and I have a happy time making a sweet pea tripod and feeling woodsy
  • Ducks flying over
  • A free packet of seeds
  • Making soup for myself
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Next door's apple blossom is such a delicate pink
  • My zinnias and courgettes are poking through
  • I made a face mask
  • Walking on the common as the light fades
  • Finishing the Fleur de Lys jigsaw
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Thankful to have known beautiful, hilarious, acerbic Kathy
  • The French doors open again!
  • Spending the day painting the back doors and windows a darker colour
  • Glad to be safe and well in my house and garden
  • A house martin in the sky
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Breakfast in the garden
  • A house full of food which will last me several weeks
  • Chatting to Mike on the doorstep for a little while
  • A bit of digging in the garden
  • Starting the Fleur de Lys jigsaw and listening to Hacienda DJ sets online
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Breakfast in the sun
  • Video calling with Imogen
  • Ducks and geese flying over
  • Working in the garden in the hot sun
  • My onion sets have come
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Starting to take my antibiotics and I am so grateful for them
  • My pots of narcissus segovia look gorgeous
  • Ordering some lovely veg and flower seeds from Chiltern Seeds
  • Doing my back stretches and listening to News in Slow French
  • Reading The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Eating the date and walnut cake I made yesterday
  • My narcissus pots are coming into bud
  • A little walk to stretch my legs
  • Getting some of my essay done
  • A bath to warm up
jul 10 2020 ∞
jul 10 2020 +
  • Laughing with Imogen and playing Heads Up and things on our phones
  • A calming, helpful podcast about uncertainty and self-care
  • A really good phone conversation with Rory
  • Making soup for myself
  • Lots of photos of Elsie and Violet and everyone is still well
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Breakfast outside on the sunny bench
  • A lovely day in the garden, moving things, propagating and watering
  • Doing my back stretches outside
  • Bees and butterflies buzzing and fluttering around
  • Talking to Mum on the phone
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Texts and calls from my boys
  • It's good to be in touch with Caroline at the moment
  • Planting out all the lovely young plants I propagated
  • Being outside in the sun
  • Blackbirds on the lawn at dusk
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • An hour in the garden, getting fresh air and making slow steady progress with getting it ready for spring
  • A walk on the common
  • Messaging with friends
  • Thinking about interring and reading Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Tea and cake
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Having the back door open and sitting on the step in the sun to have meals and drinks
  • Spending time in the garden cutting things back and tidying
  • Seeing lovely Imogen, albeit very briefly
  • Messaging with my MA friends
  • Once again feeling so thankful to have a pleasant environment to self-isolate with access to the outdoors, trees and birds
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • A very productive day despite all the worry and handwashing
  • Trimming my pages, doing my binding, making my covers and foil stamping them: such a relief to have all this done
  • A helpful group crit with my MA group which gives me lots to think about
  • Tea and a Mars Bar for sustenance
  • Driving home at last through the dark and rain and finally closing the door behind me
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • The house is clean and tidy
  • It's lovely to see Imogen
  • I read her Little House on the Prairie all cuddled up on the sofa because she doesn't want to do anything else
  • We have stir fry for our tea which she is happy about
  • A bath and anxiety calming measures including phenergan
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Deciding to get up and go out for the day as it's so sunny and nice
  • Driving up the M6/M61 in the sunshine, thinking and letting my head go
  • The loveliest couple of hours at Sunderland Point, walking round the headland, looking out to sea, sitting in the sun, collecting sticks, daydreaming
  • Signs of spring everywhere, daffodils and green shoots and birdsong
  • Gorgeous tea and cake by the woodturner at the beautiful Apple Store Cafe
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Working on my collages
  • Managing to scan and manipulate them digitally despite many obstacles and unhelpful people
  • Saving money by not going shopping
  • Making myself an apple pudding
  • Trimming my prints and then having a bath
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • It's nice to be up and it's sunny and bright and I've made flapjacks and a sponge cake by mid-morning
  • Such a brilliant time with Rosemary who is super encouraging about my risoprints
  • A quiet hour before Imogen comes
  • Games afternoon with Imogen and Grandpa and tea and cake and lots of laughter
  • A bath and guessing games and Little House on the Prairie in bed
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Elsie is so pleased to see me and we have fun at Stay and Play and then afterwards at home
  • Violet is growing bigger and less jaundiced
  • Toby and Daisy are doing so well
  • It's lovely to see Agneta
  • Nice wine and the stove
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • Going outside in the garden in a brief sunny interlude, fixing the bird feeder, looking at new shoots and primroses, marvelling at the squelchiness
  • A calm hour making lines on my pile of A3 paper
  • A good day making collage masters for my risoprints
  • The smell of fruit cake cooking
  • Many cups of tea
jun 7 2020 ∞
jun 7 2020 +
  • The kind bus driver stops for me in the pouring rain even though I am the wrong side of the road, and doesn't even ask to see my ticket
  • I'm all booked in to use the risograph next week
  • Elizabeth Price comes to our group crit and it's really interesting and enjoyable
  • Saying hello to Annette in the art supplies shop
  • Curry by the stove and reading through my responses from the middle years Facebook group
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • The smell of clean washing
  • Baking ginger biscuits
  • An afternoon making collage papers
  • Texting with Rosemary in Cornwall
  • Reading quietly
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • Tea in bed with the window open
  • Getting my hair done and Julia only charges me £10
  • Picking lovely Imogen up from school
  • Starting to crochet a violet baby blanket for Baby Violet
  • Spaghetti and apple crumble and playing Ratrace and then bedtime and Little House on the Prairie
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • It's lovely to have a morning cup of tea and chat with Alison and debrief a bit about the last few days
  • Elsie eats cucumber in her highchair while I do Toby's washing up for him
  • Cuddling her while she has her bottle
  • Seeing Toby happier after an afternoon on his own with Daisy and Violet
  • Home again to safe quiet solitude
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • Bright, illuminating, hopeful sun
  • Buying toys for Elsie
  • Walking around the neighbourhood taking photos and listing things I saw and feeling enthused about my project
  • All is ready for tomorrow
  • Warm toasted panettone and camomile tea at bedtime
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • My boy is 30 today!
  • It's lovely to go and see Rosemary and we spend hours chatting and drinking tea and eating soup and talking about art
  • Nice food for tea
  • Funny messaging
  • A bath and bed
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • Deciding to have a day of calm, cleaning and tidying, and looking after myself
  • Healthy ginger and date cookies from the River Cottage cookbook
  • Listing to Nemone's wind-down playlist
  • Watching The Stranger and it's all filmed in Manchester
  • Going to bed to ignore Brexit
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • Tea in my thermos mug in the car driving to Mum's
  • Remembering Dad's funeral and the many good things about him
  • Helping Mum with curtains and bird feeders and things, and having lunch together and a good chat
  • Looking at other artists' work on Instagram and having a bit of a breakthrough intellectually
may 5 2020 ∞
may 5 2020 +
  • Lovely Imogen comes for breakfast and we play Genius Square and then two long games of Ratrace with Grandpa and drink lots of tea and eat lot of snacks and have a happy morning
  • A fab afternoon learning risoprinting and making two collaged mini-zines and seeing possibilities and having more ideas
  • Home to get warm and look through what I've done
  • Hot pancakes with seville orange curd for tea eaten standing up while I cook them
  • Cosy in bed, make-up off, clean skin, calming music playing, phenergan taken
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • Dad's old mattress seems ok... fingers crossed
  • A good day in the studio prepping papers for collage
  • Making seville orange curd and it smells beautiful
  • Curry for tea
  • A bath and my cold feels a bit better, hopefully all the thyme tea and fresh juice has worked
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • A lovely morning with my best big girl, playing games and having second breakfast and looking through old photos
  • Beautiful, cloaking, silent, white fog
  • Helping Mum with making her bedroom nicer and moving her books for her
  • Finding and listening to the tapes Dad made with me when I was a very little girl
  • A lovely evening eating roast chicken, drinking wine and listening to Thievery Corporation
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • Tea and toast in bed with the window open
  • Finding out about our options unit and it sounds interesting and exciting
  • Fact-finding at the print workshop, booking onto a bookbinding/risograph induction, making a stretcher frame
  • Lunch and a nice sit-down at Ziferblat for £2.82
  • It's good to be back with all my MA pals again
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • A massive storm with lots of wind and rain
  • Fetching Imogen from gymnastics and having a lovely couple of hours with her
  • Delicious stir fry for tea
  • The smell of clean washing
  • A late bath before bed
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • A loooong sleep, and it is good to be rid of the latex mattress even if the airbed isn't perfect
  • A good session of painting, and at the end I am surprised by progress
  • Fresh air and bright winter sun and so much birdsong on the common
  • It's still light and bright at 4pm
  • Doing my jigsaw late in the evening
apr 9 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • The dental hygienist is a revelation and after 45 minutes of being sandblasted and getting soaking wet my teeth are lovely and white and clean and I have learnt how to brush them properly and use little between-teeth brushes
  • It's so good to spend time with my lovely Mum reassuring her about things, helping to solve problems for her and sorting out her new bedroom
  • She is very funny about all the sex and violence in her dark stories
  • Nice salmon and salad from M&S for dinner makes a change from fatty Christmas stuff
  • A bath and an early night with phenergan
apr 6 2020 ∞
apr 9 2020 +
  • A decent sleep thank goodness
  • It's so lovely to see Imogen again and we have hugs and talk about things calmly and she is bloody brilliant
  • We have spaghetti for lunch with Grandpa
  • Spending all afternoon playing the surprising fun Ratrace game
  • Looking closely at Prunella Clough paintings, doing some painting of my own, and then making my studio all clean and tidy before bed
apr 6 2020 ∞
apr 6 2020 +
  • Texting with my lovely Imogen
  • Taking steps to stop those bastard rats and their FUCKING SCAMPERING
  • The setting sun is a red ball hanging in a grey sky through the bare trees
  • Reading through old sketchbooks from my degree years
  • Listening to 'Sensitive' by Mick Karn and remembering being 18...19...20... so long ago
apr 6 2020 ∞
apr 6 2020 +
  • A walk on the common on this bright, muddy day
  • A skein of geese flying across the wintry mackerally sky
  • Another delicious bowlful of turkey soup
  • Painting and drawing in my studio
  • Watching North and South with cheese and crackers
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Everybody likes their presents and my lovely boys give me nice things and Isaac gives me a special card
  • It's so lovely to have all my family together from little to big and young to old and to see Mum enjoying the day
  • Imogen is so gentle and patient and good and fun to play games with and helps make tea and tidy away and plays beautifully with Elsie and warms my heart
  • Elsie is so cute and funny and determined and laughs at Matty and pulls all the books off the shelf and eats up all her lunch and makes everyone smile
  • It is so nice and quiet and calm when everyone has gone home
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • All the shopping is DONE
  • Making mince pies and doing Christmassy things with my best big girl and she is such a star and I love her and I love passing on skills and wisdom to her
  • Listening to Ghosteen and doing a jigsaw by myself, peacefully, thankfully, thoughtfully
  • Happy that Isaac is cheered up and Toby is finished for Christmas and all is well
  • Safe in my bed listening to wind and rain outside
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • A wonderful Christmas card, badge and manifesto from the most excellent Arts Emergency: "sometimes if you want something to exist you have to make it yourself"
  • Thyme tea with lemon and Manuka honey
  • The warm, orangey scent of clementine and almond cake baking in the oven
  • Swimming strongly and feeling alive and resilient
  • The peaceful beauty of my festive house in the twinkling dark
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • The loveliest time at Rosemary’s with all her beautiful decorations and twinkly lights and greenery, talking and drinking tea and eating Yule log
  • Being in her studio and looking at her paintings and talking about art
  • Driving through the mellow Derbyshire countryside
  • The roof man seems to know what he is doing
  • A happy evening talking and drinking wine and laughing
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Working hard all day to get the house tidy and clean
  • Sparkling back windows, tidy kitchen, clean ironed sheets and pillowcases, all is calm, all is bright
  • Experimenting with making heart decorations with my saved Oatly cartons
  • Playing games and laughing with lovely Imogen
  • Giving her a bath, drying her hair and reading Little House on the Prairie
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Taking beautiful, curious Elsie to Stay and Play and watching her have such a happy time being interested in things
  • Such a lovely cuddle with her later before I leave
  • A surprise coffee and catch-up with Karen at HOME
  • Spaghetti and the first half of The Two Towers
  • 1/4 of a Phenergan, a bath and bed
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • A nice chat with Isaac while we go to the tip and I give him some GF caramel waffles and it feels nice
  • It's nice to wear my new soft and comfy jersey dress
  • Mum is cheered by my visit
  • Texting with poorly Imogen ('FEVER PERSON') who is reading The Borrowers and loves it
  • Listening to Lamb
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • A wonderfully energising and positive tutorial with Sutapa, with so much to think about
  • Retrieving my stretcher frame, buying some canvas sealant and chatting to Mandy at the art shop
  • A lovely little visit to Toby, Daisy and Elsie, reading books and playing with Elsie and chatting with my boy
  • Being part of the board at Art B&B and making what seemed to be a creative, helpful and well-received suggestion
  • Driving home through the dark and rain with my thoughts
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Everything is white and frosty
  • I fixed a chair and mended the wonky table legs
  • Printing some Christmas cards
  • Reading The Wood
  • Hot chocolate in bed
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Hearing that Imogen is back safely
  • A beautiful sunny frosty day
  • The lovely smell of ragu sauce simmering slowly all afternoon and the fresh green zing of basil leaves to put in it
  • It's lovely to have the stove on
  • A happy evening with wine and conversation and the ragu sauce
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Doing some painting today although it was a very steep learning curve
  • Properly getting my head round what's needed for the MA
  • Going out for a walk on the common
  • Supplies from Tesco
  • Using every fibre of myself to stay positive
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Doing my back stretches
  • Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
  • Writing is helpful
  • Making Christmas stars
  • Messaging my cous
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Helping Imogen to get her bike to school for Bike Right Day and being enthusiastically welcomed by her, Lenai and Matty
  • A comforting quiet day in the warm, nursing my cough
  • A beautiful sunset
  • Real hot lemon and honey
  • A bath and bed
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • A lazy morning doing my pages and check-ins for the Artist's Way
  • Having a shower at last and taking my dressing off and finding my stitches are ok and not too awful
  • Seeing Toby and Daisy and Elsie
  • Having a lovely meal cooked for me
  • Bed and Phenergan
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • A surprisingly good tutorial, and feeling like I am making some progress
  • Conversations with MA people and feeling like there's more of a group energy there now
  • Borrowing books, signing up for a workshop, enjoying the seminar, feeling like I belong a bit more
  • Hot chocolate and friendly texts after the horrors of my skin lesion surgery
  • Hugs, kindness, warmth, and a lovely dinner cooked for me
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Doing some work in the studio despite fear and paralysis and self-doubt
  • Being pleased with small areas of paint and colour
  • The most extraordinary rain all day which upset, stimulated and calmed me in equal measure
  • The last two episodes of Gentleman Jack cosied up on my studio sofa
  • Reading interesting art books and doing a last bit of drawing before bed
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Up earlier today and breakfast downstairs, dressed
  • Sunshine to start the day
  • Studying John Blackburn's composition and colour
  • A walk on the common and the golden orange wondrousness of the tall beech trees and their carpet of fallen leaves
  • The first three episodes of Gentleman Jack
jan 21 2020 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Morning pages, back stretches, late breakfast
  • Working in my studio all day, drawing and painting and collaging and watching videos of, and reading about, Gary Komarin
  • Swimming and bubble pool
  • Drawing interesting things before bed
  • Scented candles and aromatherapy oil and calm
jan 2 2020 ∞
jan 2 2020 +
  • Millionaires shortbread for lunch
  • Imogen coming to help make birthday cake and lasagne and actually being REALLY helpful
  • Eating pizza for tea together and then doing word searches
  • Everywhere looks lovely and tidy
  • The floor is sparkling clean
jan 2 2020 ∞
jan 2 2020 +
  • Bouncy Imogen, full of beans and excited for forest school
  • Dropping her off in the lovely sunny woods to have a fabulous happy muddy time all day
  • Time to myself to reflect and be calm, sitting in the sun with the French doors open, writing and thinking
  • A flock of long-tailed tits flitting about and peeping to each other
  • Painting in the tidy art room
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Sitting up in bed with tea and toast, the window open, the sun streaming in, birds singing and my lovely new white and grey striped bedlinen
  • A lovely little visit to Elizabeth Gaskell's House with Agneta and Siâny, meeting Dympna, having tea and cake and trying on bonnets and hats
  • Big crunchy yellow leaves
  • Talking about our lovely Michael
  • Watching the football cosy in a blanket and eating pizza
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • A little smile of shared triumph with the man who also successfully ran across Kingsway to catch the bus
  • It's good to get to know more people on the MA, including some of the painters
  • An interesting seminar
  • Drinks and nice food at Wahaca with Siâny
  • Feeling so glad not to work at Chetham's anymore
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Some drawing in the morning
  • It's good to see Mum
  • She is discharged from the stroke clinic
  • We have a lovely chicken dinner together
  • Home and into a bath and bed really early
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +

Such a fab day going to see the Roger Cecil exhibition at Machynlleth with Rosemary:

  • Talking non-stop about a million interesting things and never running out of things to say
  • Laughing about shit craft
  • Buying a strange Staffordshire figurine
  • Driving through the beautiful Welsh landscape
  • Looking at Roger Cecil's wonderful paintings
  • Popping into the art supplies shop
  • Driving home in the dark talking some more and we're like two budgies who need a cloth throwing over them
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • A fabulous, inspirational lecture on Rauschenberg's transfer drawings by Ed Krčna at the Whitworth
  • Making myself a lovely dairy free rice pudding in the oven
  • Working in my art room
  • Eating the rice pudding
  • Texting Rosemary
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Slept OK thank goodness
  • A few minutes outside in the garden when it was sunny
  • Getting lots of reading done
  • A nice Clive's Pie for tea
  • Bath, bed and drugs
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • A hot shower improves things a lot
  • It's good to age with arty people at uni
  • Healthy dal and turmeric latte at 8th Day
  • Buying four bags of mandarins and squeezing the crap out of their 56 little halves
  • Watching Gavin and Stacey in bed before necking a dose of paracetamol and phenergan
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • It is always nice to sit down with delicious breakfast
  • A walk round to Tesco
  • Drawing, painting trials, thinking, writing
  • Swimming and bubble pool
  • Coming home to a nice baked potato hot from the oven
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Up and out of the house into the fresh autumn morning with fingerless gloves and off to uni on the bus
  • Finding Mandy in the art supplies shop and being so happy to see each other
  • An interesting day finding out about other people's work
  • Lunch at The 8th Day
  • Reading about Alan Davie, a bath and bed
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Half a phenergan seems to work quite well
  • A day of painting and experimenting with printing and cling film and things
  • Frugal eating
  • A walk on the common
  • One foot in front of the other
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Coffee and lovely conversation with Patti at the art gallery
  • Looking at paintings
  • A new pair of art school boots
  • Wine and talking
  • The Howl and the Hum are brilliant and exciting and moving
dec 27 2019 ∞
dec 27 2019 +
  • Drawing pomegranates
  • The Supreme Court rules against Boris Johnson and Trump is going to be impeached
  • Going swimming
  • A nice jacket potato for tea
  • Watching more Gavin and Stacey
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • It's good to have my roots done and nice to chat to Julia
  • Deciding to go over and see Mum as it's a lovely sunny day and I don't have Imogen but don't feel productive
  • We have a lovely time chatting and she feels comforting and safe
  • Going to IKEA afterwards for useful things
  • Remembering Michael's words about thinking nice things and no bastard spiders can get to me
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • The mattress man is so lovely and kind on the phone that I cry buckets, which helps actually
  • It's so lovely to spend the afternoon talking to gorgeous Rosemary
  • I am going to get a full refund for the mattress
  • Reading about colour and paint
  • Back on my familiar air mattress
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • The loveliness of cuddling and chatting with Imogen in bed in the morning
  • Playing the London Game and Backgammon together
  • Thinking and writing to get my head together
  • A good brisk walk on the common
  • A lovely friendly and comforting evening
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • Reading Roy Oxlade in bed
  • My new mattress seems fairly comfy
  • Taking off the awful ECG
  • Selling my uncomfortable trainers on Ebay
  • Being in bed
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • The lush, damp, wooded beauty of the Lake District in the rain
  • Laughing about our futile damson hunt
  • The lovely smell, beautiful design and gorgeous views at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House
  • The brilliant work of Laura Carlin
  • Standing on the edge of Morecambe Bay, looking out over the miles of glistening sand and just listening to the silence and the stillness
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • An OK sleep, healthy breakfast and gentle start to the day
  • An unexpected visit to Toby, Daisy and the beautiful Elsie
  • I have been accepted onto the MA!
  • Cake to celebrate
  • A lovely bath and snuggling into bed
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • Paracetamol and other drugs
  • Staying in my pyjamas for most of the day
  • Bringing my Listography all up to date, sitting on the sofa with the door open in the soft warm air
  • Cooking nutritious food for myself
  • Even though things look slow knowing that I'm making progress, that I am valid and authentic
nov 27 2019 ∞
nov 27 2019 +
  • A better sleep after some phenergan
  • Thinking about what might help me to feel better and making a plan
  • A lovely afternoon with Imogen at Crafts and Makes, taking her to the optician, roasting and eating a chicken, watching football, doing a jigsaw, laughing, and reading Little House in the Big Woods
  • Setting limits for screen time is helpful and liberating
  • Making chicken stock and planning nutritious meals
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • So many young birds in the garden, sparrows in the bushes and blackbirds on the lawn
  • Driving in the rain feels peaceful
  • My new multi-stemmed amelanchier has arrived
  • Swimming and bubble pool
  • Sorting out books
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Making delicious gluten-free and dairy-free food for my little family because I love them all
  • Everyone together to celebrate Elsie’s birthday, lasagne and laughter and love
  • Beautiful, wonderful Elsie happy and smiling and laughing and entranced by her cake and candle and everybody singing to her
  • Lovely, loving, resilient Imogen running and playing in the sunny park
  • Quiet on my own later with a book, tea, and chocolate buttons
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A nice unexpected lie-in
  • Listening to 6 Music’s All Day Rave in the car
  • A few hours with Mum
  • Feeding Imogen with lasagne and cherries and hearing about how she’s been learning sign language and playing chess
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Finally getting Imogen to her rather strange holiday club
  • Tea and calming down
  • Getting some embroidery done
  • A nice short time with Imogen
  • Getting the start of a digital portfolio up
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Rain all day, never stopping once
  • A productive day making collages
  • Eleven pots of blackberry and apple jam for the price of two bags of sugar
  • Encouragement from Patti and Rosemary and Caroline
  • Finishing Linnets and Valerians on the sofa with tea and then wine
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Delicious turmeric latte with black pepper sprinkles at the 8th Day cafe
  • A really interesting and informative meeting with Ian R
  • Time and conversation with Gaby
  • Mum’s goodness and generosity
  • A lovely evening with chicken and chorizo and wine and conversation
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A lovely quiet morning on my own at home
  • A pot of tea and lovely conversation with Donna at Costa
  • Working hard to get the house clean and tidy
  • A nice phone conversation with Toby
  • Alison’s wise words help me to feel less anxious
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • I am really enjoying my rhythm of getting up and going to printing this week
  • Making friendships with other arty women on the course
  • Persevering in the face of disaster
  • Going to see my lovely Toby, Daisy and Elsie and hearing their NEWS
  • A milky misty half moon rising above the trees
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A lovely stroll round Ness Gardens with lots of sitting down
  • Long views over to Wales and the estuary, bees and butterflies still warm air, beautiful high-summer planting
  • Listing to acid jazz on the way home
  • A delicious meal cooked for me while I drank wine and read the Saturday Guardian
  • Safe in my own bed on my own
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A day of reading my old sketchbooks and making notes
  • Feeling inspired and hopeful
  • Learning to be calmer and more self-compassionate
  • Lots and lots of rain
  • Healthy tea
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A very enjoyable day at the MCAHE conference, hearing about lots of interesting things
  • Networking and making new acquaintances
  • A pleasant walk to dinner and a nice meal and conversation
  • Judith is lovely
  • Back to calming fish and pyjamas
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A lovely couple of hours at Dunham with Patti, talking non-stop
  • Such a sweet happy video of Elsie saying da-da-da
  • A happy afternoon with Imogen, making and painting cat pencil pots, picking peas, talking, laughing, making strawberry jam
  • Eating tea and drinking wine and playing Cluedo and remembering holidays with Grandpa
  • Playing tennis in the road until late, laughing, seeing swifts, getting an ice cream from the ice cream van, then shower and bed and reading Little House in the Big Woods
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Trying to be self-compassionate and sit with my feelings
  • Taking the sofa cushions out to lie in the shade
  • Texting with Imogen
  • Sitting outside in the dark with the bats and moths and dark thundery clouds and it’s still 26 degrees
  • A cool shower before bed
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • My new dungaree dress has come and once I’ve shortened it and altered the straps it’s gorgeous and fab
  • Doing some drawing with ink and brush on a stick that I’m actually pleased with
  • A baby blackbird in the bushes
  • Swifts arcing high up in an angry purple sky
  • Then suddenly a flood of sunlight and the scent of honeysuckle
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Breakfast on the sunny secret bench, quiet and still, listening to the birds and the bees
  • East Didsbury Tesco has fresh beetroots
  • A lovely chat with Alison sitting in the shade in the garden
  • Going to fetch Imogen from cricket club and watching her enjoying playing with the others in her lovely school with lots of green grass and the little garden
  • Coming home and sitting outside and drinking tea while Imogen picks lots of fresh peas and eats them straight out of the pod
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Interesting and stimulating conversations with Sarah
  • A second visit to Atmospheric Memory
  • Lunch in the sun in Festival Square
  • Going to see Rogue Studios, meeting new people, bumping into friends, seeing art, thinking creatively
  • Thinking seriously about the possibility of doing an MA and receiving lots of encouragement
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Looking after soft gorgeous Elsie while Toby and Daisy go out for birthday lunch
  • Spending time with Kara and hearing how she cares so well for Isaac and Imogen
  • Hearing that Imogen got a great report and is in the same class as her friends next year and Daddy and Mummy both went to her open day with her
  • A delicious tea of potato rosti and tofu scramble and watching tennis
  • Spending the evening hand embroidering a little piece on brown velvet
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Talking to lovely, calm, intelligent Toby
  • Seeing Mum surrounded by her loving family
  • Beautiful sweet gorgeous clever Elsie crawling and standing by herself and laughing at Matty and being tickled by Imogen and being an utter fucking delight
  • Seeing Imogen happy picking peas from the garden, popping them out of their shells, counting them all (400!), eating them fresh from the pod and then lying on the grass to look at clouds
  • Watching Imogen enjoying using the acrylic paints, singing and choosing colours and painting
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • “You’ll be alright. Keep looking for the good”
  • Walking round the Northern Quarter in the sun, drinking coffee at the craft centre, choosing art materials at Fred Aldous, being myself, feeling free and that life is full of possibility
  • A lovely lunch with Siâny in the sunshine
  • Eating cherries and sunbathing in the garden
  • Swimming and bubble pool, feeling strong and well
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Celery juice on the quiet sunny bench
  • Cleaning and tidying and the house looks good
  • Pootling with houseplants, repotting and arranging
  • Sitting in the sun chatting
  • Delicious Turkish food and wine and then walking home a bit pissed to drink tea and watch Glastonbury
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A little bit of painting before going out
  • Such a beautiful day for driving over the moors to Buxton, such gorgeous open views, such beautiful countryside
  • A really lovely time with Gill, looking round Buxton and having lunch
  • Looking through old photos and talking with Mum
  • Clouds of ox-eye daisies and a purple haze of grasses on the A34
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The pleasure of going to the framers to choose a frame for my Rob Ryan poster
  • Such an interesting, uplifting and useful session with Gaby in her lovely studio in the garden
  • A cup of tea an great conversation with Patti at Manchester Art Gallery
  • A lovely film about Piet Oudolf at HOME
  • A katsu curry ready meal and a gluten-free chocolate cheesecake for tea
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • It is good to spend time with Mum, talking, drinking tea, walking in the garden, eating lunch together
  • At last we have agreed a deal with work and I will be ok and it is nearly over
  • Drinks in the sunshine at Banyan with Sian
  • A lovely meal at Mowgli
  • Sitting with tea and twinkly lights in the garden on the solstice and feeling peaceful
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • It is sooo lovely to be back home and pottering in my little house and garden, safe and calm and beautiful
  • Deadheading the roses quietly and peacefully
  • Such a lovely time with my beautiful Elsie, playing and reading and having the loveliest gentle sweet cuddles
  • Researching hypothyroidism and finding a private doctor in Manchester and feeling a flicker of hope
  • A lovely warm supportive conversation with Rory
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Getting up late and then having nice breakfast at the jolly, lively Ludlow Kitchen cafe with the Guardian to read instead of the crap, cold, gloomy hotel breakfast
  • Discovering the delights of the Ludlow Plant Centre
  • A lovely visit to Wildgoose Walled Garden, enjoying the space, choosing plants to buy, having tea and gluten-free Bakewell tart in the sweet cafe-in-a-shed, buying old copies of Gardens Illustrated for 50p each
  • Driving back along the wooded slopes of Wenlock Edge, seeing old and beautiful places all secret and lovely
  • Back to the hotel and into pyjamas for more Killing Eve
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Setting off on my holiday adventure
  • The lush green ancientness of the Malvern Hills
  • An interesting drive through Ledbury, Bromyard and Tenbury Wells, and the countryside in between
  • The loveliness of Edvin Loach Saxon/Norman church
  • Tea and cake in my clean, smart hotel room
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Morning cuddles in bed with Imogen
  • Imogen making shortbread biscuits and singing to herself
  • Digging and planting in the veg patch
  • Collecting sticks on the common to make a woodpigeon trap
  • Sitting in the garden in the cool damp evening after a day of rain
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • My littlest boy is 27
  • Drinking my celery juice on the sunny bench, thinking positive thoughts
  • Baby sparrows all over the lawn
  • I have booked on a week-long screenprinting course!
  • Lunch with Agneta
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Having my breakfast in the sun on the secret bench
  • A ‘matucana’ sweet pea has come out
  • Making my shed beautiful and useful and tidy and fab, I love it
  • Reading my book in the sun on one of the reclining chairs
  • A delicious tea of baked potato, avocado and crunchy spiced chickpeas
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The scent and colour of the rugosa rose on Top Field
  • Feeling happy, inspired and enlarged by creative thought
  • Painting my shed proper dark black, much better than off-black
  • An afternoon and evening of gardening, so healing and enriching
  • Toby sending me pics and video of Elsie
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Slowly achieving all I’d hoped today despite feeling crap
  • Sweet pea buds about to bloom, plus iris sibirica and sisyrinchium in flower
  • Lovely photos of Elsie
  • The smell of clean washing
  • A walk on the common at dusk
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Walking barefoot in the sunny morning garden, drinking my celery juice and listening to the birds
  • Coffee and conversation with Patti in the sun in her beautiful garden
  • Lovely pasta and pesto and wine with my brilliant friend
  • Being outside in the still-light garden in the mizzle at 9.30pm hanging up new twinkly solar lights, listening to the blackbirds chinking
  • Clean, moisturised face, super clean teeth and into bed
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Feeling slightly lighter and less horrible
  • Breakfast outside in the sun
  • Working in the garden and in my shed
  • Getting rid of the Viburnum Mariesii and suddenly everything looks much better
  • A drink at Wine and Wallop and a good chat
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Realising I need to make changes to my life to stay healthy and alive
  • Cow parsley and hawthorn blossom on the still quiet common
  • Swimming and bubbles and feeling stronger
  • Making a bowl of delicious veggie curry to nourish myself
  • Sitting quietly doing my jigsaw
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Dr Eidn is so lovely and kind
  • Getting Mum an old lady walker
  • My dress has arrived and it looks ok
  • Sitting in the sun in the garden
  • Kindness
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The loft men are pleasant and gentle and do a great job in double quick time
  • The doctor says I am probably ok and not to worry
  • The pleasures of a south facing garden which I am so glad I held out for
  • My autumn sown sweet peas romping away up the willow obelisk
  • Knowing I have friends
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Seeing Gaby
  • Her beautiful garden
  • Looking after myself
  • A lovely bath
  • Sleep
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The sweet pain of Kay working on my back
  • Eating vegetables and fruits
  • Watching more GOT
  • Finishing Michael’s obituary for the Guardian
  • Champions League Semi Final: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona!!!
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Seeing photos of my best girl on her 10th birthday
  • Making Imogen’s rainbow sponge cakes
  • Getting all my tidying jobs done
  • Messages from friends
  • An early night with phenergan
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A nice chat with Donna at Costa
  • Deleting all my work emails and deleting myself from all work social media
  • Simon makes me a lovely potting bench and shelves in my shed
  • Salad and salmon for lunch
  • A hot bath
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The lovely buttery smell of fresh coffee
  • The sun streaming into the back room
  • A couple of hours in the garden
  • Butterflies
  • Watching Sideways
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Porridge with blueberries
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Pyjamas
  • Sitting outside in the sun for a little while
  • Comedy rain
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Cuddles with my best girl
  • Bluebells, new green leaves and birdsong on the early morning common
  • The view from the sofa onto my tidy garden and new Off Black shed
  • Game of Thrones
  • Bed and sleep
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • All the excitement of shopping at Wilmslow Waitrose
  • Painting my shed Off Black
  • Working hard in the garden to make it look lovely again
  • A bath and doing my back exercises
  • Sleeeeep
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • An email which although horrible, clarifies my position and directs my next steps
  • Interviewing bright, intelligent, pleasant people
  • Collecting all my things, saying goodbye to my desk and my office and the library, and LEAVING
  • Sitting by the stove, looking after myself
  • Early to bed with Night Nurse
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A blessedly quiet morning on my own
  • Seeing Isaac’s lovely little family all happy and together at Tesco
  • Imogen deciding she does like blueberries after all
  • A fun afternoon on the common and at home with Imogen and Grandpa, rollerskating and playing stomp rocket and ‘ladders and snakes’
  • Lovely Imogen playing lotions and potions in the bath, being snuggly, reading Pinocchio together and Imogen noticing that the illustrator was the same as Minty and Tink
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The garden is green and lovely and spring is springing
  • Tulips are emerging in wonderful colours
  • Warm weather at lunchtime
  • Work is tolerable
  • Looking after myself
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Bacon, toast and an egg for breakfast
  • There is so much to love about my swanky car, despite its flaws
  • Coffee and chocolate and the Observer
  • Home at last to my lovely, tasteful, comfortable and familiar space
  • A bath and the last episode of GOT Season 7
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • An excellent phone call with the finance man and coming up with a plan
  • Driving along in my car listening to music
  • Seeing rainbows
  • Managing to get the DVD player to work on the crap Airbnb TV
  • Wine
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • It is good to see Siân and Catherine again
  • Getting my work done without too much awfulness of other sorts
  • Stella has resigned
  • Lots of delicious and very bad food
  • Watching Fleabag
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Simon works hard in the garden all day and makes everything look fab despite the awful stinky manure
  • A really interesting and productive conversation with Gaby
  • Such a lovely sunny spring day
  • Picking Imogen up from school
  • Doing a bit of jigsaw with her
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A long sleep
  • A quiet day of thinking and writing and reading
  • A little potter in the garden
  • Watching The Missing wrapped up in a blanket by the stove
  • More phenergan and paracetamol and lots of pillows
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Managing to get up and get to fucking Munich baby
  • All the beautifulness of the Alpen landscape and the comedy of Alpen cereal
  • The lovely spa hotel with all its loveliness
  • Laughing with Sarah
  • A delicious alcohol-frei cocktail at the bar in our nice outfits and fancy shoes
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A lovely day with Mum
  • Taking colourful flowers to Dad’s grave
  • Laughing at Dunham Massey with Mum on her rented mobility scooter
  • A hot bath
  • Bed with phenergan
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Elsie is so cute and gorgeous
  • Imogen is so wonderful and brilliant
  • My boys are so good and loving
  • Daisy and Kara are kind and gentle
  • I have had a lovely day and feel lucky
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Grace’s diplomacy, kindness and good sense
  • Getting lots of planning done and working hard
  • It’s so good to have Catherine at work now
  • A bath and an early night
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The extraordinary kindness of so many people
  • So much love for my lost friend
  • Agneta’s beauty and serenity
  • Buzzards, kites, jackdaws and rooks on the way to Mum’s
  • “Bollocks to all this”
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Nice Simon comes and does four hours digging in the garden
  • Thinking about my skills and abilities and what my work strategy might be
  • Phone calls from both my boys
  • A lovely evening with my work friends drinking cocktails and eating curry
  • A friendly trip home on the tram
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Siân and Catherine are kind and strong
  • Seeing Imogen’s new school library and taking her to Book Fair
  • A hug with Isaac and a little chat
  • Wine
  • Watching TV
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A lazy morning
  • Seeing Imogen and Elsie both at the same time
  • Hugs with my boys and having everyone together
  • Driving in my car
  • Playing Zoombinis with Imogen and seeing her using her clever brain
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A Mars Bar from Siân
  • Sitting in the sun at lunchtime
  • Feeling like I have allies
  • Seeing photos of Elsie having baby food in her little chair
  • Getting recommendations for a gardener on Facebook and feeling like tech is useful
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • A loonnnggg phenergan sleep
  • The most beautiful sunny day, quiet and still and warm
  • A couple of hours in the garden, pruning clematis and roses and cutting things back
  • Imogen stops choking
  • Buds in a jar
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Grace is so lovely
  • Patti is such a nice friend
  • Strawberries and cream for lunch
  • Having the afternoon off
  • Pottering in the garden in the sun
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • Making chocolate chip cookies with Imogen
  • Daddy and Matty and Lenai all walking across the common to fetch Imogen
  • A lovely unexpected visit with Michael which was really precious and special
  • Time to process and rest
  • Being looked after and cooked for
sep 3 2019 ∞
sep 3 2019 +
  • The most beautiful sunny warm day
  • The sound of jackdaws
  • Hugs with Michael
  • Having a lovely time with Elsie
  • Quince jam
may 20 2019 ∞
may 20 2019 +
  • Planning with Catherine and Siân
  • My Emergency Chocolate rations have been replenished
  • A walk at lunchtime
  • Talking to Michael on the phone
  • Starting the brand new Elly Griffiths
may 20 2019 ∞
may 20 2019 +
  • Morning at last after such a storm in the night
  • Sorting out car stuff with Isaac
  • Imogen reading me poems
  • Making cakes, playing games, watching Junior Bake Off , eating stir fry, reading stories
  • Quiet by the stove
may 20 2019 ∞
may 20 2019 +
  • After feeling so alone, Catherine and Beth join me for the drive into work and it’s lovely
  • Dorothy’s second blooming
  • Eating lunch with my new posse and feeling like HERE COME THE GIRLS
  • Keeping warm and going to bed early
  • A lovely surprise chat with Michael
may 20 2019 ∞
may 20 2019 +
  • Cuddles in bed with my beautiful best girl
  • Sneaking up on Daddy in Tesco
  • A lovely afternoon with my family and my two gorgeous granddaughters, eating roast chicken and carrot cake for Toby’s birthday
  • Peace and tidiness and a bath afterwards
  • Speaking to Michael on the phone even though it was unbearably sad
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • Staying calm and dignified
  • People making me cups of tea
  • Getting stuff done, amazingly
  • Dorothy’s lovely second blooming
  • Delicious rosti with bacon and eggs
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • Eating mostly healthily
  • A good day helping Mum
  • Managing to get all my logs in the garage slowly and carefully
  • Resting in bed
  • Reading Elly Griffiths
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • Thinking about drawing and doing a tiny bit before I set off for Bristol
  • A sleep at Frankley Services
  • Being cheered by the News Quiz and kept awake by Diet Coke
  • Tea and roast chicken and wine and a fire and friendliness when I finally arrive
  • Going to sleep on the comfy mattress
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • A hot shower makes me feel quite a bit better
  • Siân’s almonds save the day
  • Snow!
  • Neil the plumber fits me a nice new radiator
  • A bath and staying positive
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • A nice slow start to the day
  • Isaac turns my mattress for me
  • Imogen and I laugh so much our tummies hurt
  • We make lasagne and eat it
  • Imogen has a lovely bath and then traces a squirrel and colours it in brown while I am drying her hair
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • Interesting people and discussions at the MQBF meeting
  • Implementing my new strategy of only working the hours I’m paid for and adjusting my time accordingly
  • Having eggs and bacon and five-beans cooked for me and a glass of wine put in my hand
  • Being helpful in an editorial kind of a way
  • Chatting and hugs
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • Poorly Imogen feeling a bit better after some Calpol
  • Imogen listening carefully to The Lark Ascending on the radio and asking questions
  • Lovely chats with Catherine and Beth at work
  • A bath and a large glass of wine
  • Three episodes of Pride and Prejudice
apr 25 2019 ∞
apr 25 2019 +
  • It’s nice to see Patti and Libby at work
  • Feeling like I’m making some measure of progress on things, albeit small-scale
  • I love working with Catherine
  • Hearing that Isaac’s hospital appointment has gone well
  • A bath and a very early night
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Pottering at home while it rains outside
  • Shopping for healthy food and stocking my fridge with good stuff
  • Clean sheets on my bed
  • Writing things down and feeling very together and tidy in my mind
  • Reading on the sofa and listening to music, enjoying the last hours of freedom and with everything ready for tomorrow
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • A lovely day with Imogen, having fun and laughing and doing nice things
  • Making pancakes and playing games including Muffin Tin Toss
  • Playing Zoombinis together
  • I just love Imogen, she is the best
  • My lovely new furry jacketty thing
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • A good brisk walk on the common in the sun
  • “This is the reality of today”
  • The sound of scampering squirrels
  • Delicious banoffee pie
  • Lots of episodes of Killing Eve
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Writing and planning and consolidating
  • Wearing my long black jacket
  • The wonder of meeting David and remembering our childhoods
  • Swimming and bubbles
  • Finishing my jigsaw and reflecting that time spent apparently doing very little is hugely beneficial over time
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Driving Mum back through the lovely Cheshire countryside
  • Hot sausage rolls and mustard sitting on the sofa in the sun
  • Listening to interesting music and doing my jigsaw while I process and think about things
  • The peace and beauty of my little house
  • A bath and bed with phenergan
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Pale orange hips on the climbing rose
  • A damp soggy walk on the common to pick catkins
  • Finishing my Lowry jigsaw
  • Doing Christmas baking and prep
  • Being gentle with myself
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • The last day at work: cards and chocolates and laughing
  • Lunch with Patti at the new and thrilling Mamucium cafe
  • Finishing my Christmas shopping
  • Good news from Michael
  • A lovely evening of Christmassiness, drinking Smoking Bishop and eating and talking and laughing
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • The Tunnicliffe field on the way to Mum’s looks wintry and bare and beautiful
  • Talking about interesting things with Mum
  • My Christmas wreath looks gorgeous on the new front door
  • Walking Matty in the moonlit darkness with Imogen and Lenai, laughing and running and chatting about the moon
  • Roasting clove-studded oranges for Smoking Bishop
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Such a nice coffee and chat with Linda and buying one of her lovely hand-thrown bowls to take home
  • Wrapping my Christmas presents
  • Low, bright winter sunlight streaming into the house
  • Drying Imogen’s hair after her bath while she reads books and sings to herself
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • An interesting meeting with clever people
  • It’s quite Christmassy in town
  • A lovely evening with Toby, Daisy and Elsie
  • Liverpool 1-0 Napoli and we are through to the knockout stage of the Champions League
  • Looking forward to a treat with Rosemary
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Sitting up in bed looking at the wind whipping at the thin bare trees, little birds flitting about against the weak winter sun and suddenly, a flock of honking geese rising up above the houses
  • A lovely afternoon with Imogen, baking and icing Christmas biscuits, making things, playing games, laughing
  • Talking to Imogen about resilience
  • Making tiny biscuits for the birds
  • Cuddling and reading in bed
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Walking along the Thames, seeing barges and wharves and old buildings, little lanes, the Great Fire of London Monument, places with names of old London
  • Not dying on the stuck tube train
  • Hearing about Antiuniversity Now
  • Killing time before my train by having a proper sit-down meal at Café Rouge and reading my book
  • Home and into my own lovely bed
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • The feeling of a whole uninterrupted day stretching ahead of me
  • Making more changes and improvements to how the house looks
  • More sweet peas are germinating!
  • Two episodes of GOT
  • Phenergan and bed
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • The Christmassy smell of peeling a clementine
  • Grace is lovely and so positive
  • A hug with Isaac
  • The first episode of GOT season seven
  • Mince pies and a cup of tea
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • It is good to see Mum and hug her
  • Watching the birds out of her kitchen window together and there are siskins and nuthatches and a blackcap
  • It is nice to have my hair done even though the colour doesn’t work out so well
  • The shorter cut is good though
  • Reading and eating pizza in bed
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Sitting at the open back door drinking coffee in the mild air with the warmth of the Rayburn filling the kitchen
  • Walking on Blakeney marshes in the softness and quiet of fog, listening to the peeping of waders and the sound of geese flying overhead
  • Lovely crab sandwiches, chips and a pot of tea in beautiful Blakeney
  • The stillness and loveliness of the Norfolk lanes on the drive home
  • Shopping in Holt with all the twinkly lights and happy people
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • A little walk round beautiful Holt with its flint cobbles, old bricks, pamments and pantiles and drop-dead tastefulness
  • The loveliness of Holt Bookshop
  • Coffee and lunch by a roaring stove at Byfords
  • Home to read books and eat cake by the stove
  • GOT in bed
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +

Sadly I don't seem to have written anything for today

jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Wearing my MC Hammer pants and Converse
  • Mojitos and snacks at Wahaca
  • Drinks in the Waterhouse with Patti, Libby and Jane
  • The beautiful voice and articulate emotional intelligence of the lovely Barbara Kingsolver
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Auntie V’s lovely marmalade
  • Reminiscing about days and times and family members past
  • Chatting with the delightful Elliot and Florrie
  • Seeing my dear cousin Caroline
  • The lovely Surrey countryside
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Feeling more organised
  • A lie down on the office floor
  • Siân buys us snacks and mojitos in tins
  • Seeing beautiful books and manuscripts
  • In bed at last with a cup of tea
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • A lovely quiet day at home
  • Arranging for my new front door
  • Getting bulbs planted
  • A GOT marathon to finish Season 5
  • An early night
jan 11 2019 ∞
jan 11 2019 +
  • Lovely sunshine
  • Wearing my new long black jacket
  • My instincts were right and Catherine is wonderful
  • Photos of beautiful Elsie
  • Comfy in bed
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Red berry, mango and fig muesli
  • It’s nice to see Siân and Michael
  • McDonalds for tea and a nice little chat
  • A lovely DAB radio for Mum’s birthday
  • In bed warm and cosy with turmeric latte
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • A tiny sprinkling of grainy snow
  • Taking the paper off a new tub of butter
  • Turmeric latte
  • Happy beautiful Imogen
  • Reading Gobbelino together
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Hundreds of pink footed geese flying high in Vs, honking and on their way to Norfolk
  • Seeing Imogen and she is so lovely and cheering
  • Having chocolate to eat
  • Turmeric latte
  • GOT
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Beginning to feel more normal again
  • Finishing The Great Level in bed with tea and toast
  • How lovely to have dinner cooked for me and dinner is PIE
  • Happy chatting and friendliness
  • Resting in bed again
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Isaac and Kara come to make my breakfast and tidy the kitchen for me
  • Watching Sarah Key videos is encouraging
  • Doing my little waggle exercises and trying to stay positive
  • Managing to get downstairs for my tea
  • Feeling a tiny bit improved
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • It’s nice to help Mum with things
  • A bucket of plants (ill-won, as it happened)
  • Photos of Elsie
  • GOT and microwave food
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • It’s fun and interesting to work with Simon and the lovely Book Works people
  • The PV goes well and everyone enjoys it
  • A lovely conversation with Adele and Nick
  • Delicious Italian food at Salvis
  • Finally finally in bed and cosy
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Healthy eating
  • Sitting in the sun
  • Tea at Isaac and Imogen’s in their lovely house
  • Wine and chatting
  • Doing my back exercises
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • The lovely feeling of freedom, authenticity and possibility of a Saturday morning cooking myself delicious breakfast, making good coffee and listening to music
  • Such a brilliant and hilarious time at the Seven Brothers Brewery tour
  • Tea and biscuits at the lovely Media City Ziferblat
  • Legendary chicken platter and signature potatoes
  • Watching a film and eating mint Lindors
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • A slightly calmer day at work
  • Eating vegan food all day
  • Not eating chocolate or sugar
  • GOT by the stove
  • A properly cleansed face
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Porridge and cuddles with my best girl
  • Flowers from the garden for Dad
  • Dad is buried and has a lovely view over Macclesfield
  • Lunch all together
  • Toby and Daisy look so beautiful
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Wearing a different outfit of OSKA trousers, chiffony blouse and denim jacket with my hair up
  • Working all day on our two new jobs and making some progress
  • Having dinner cooked for me and drinking wine
  • Fabulous sparky interesting drunken conversation
  • A lovely end to the day
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Positive news from work
  • Hair
  • Cutting the grass and working in the garden
  • Having the stove on
  • Nice nail polish
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Fetching Mum from her hotel and she has had a wonderful time
  • Driving along the beautiful Lyth Valley through bright sunshine and torrential showers, blue skies and black
  • Sharing the loveliness of Silverdale with Mum
  • Coffee and pistachio cake at Wolf and Us
  • Home to chicken curry and the last of Season 1 of GOT
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Shelling all my beautiful dried borlotti beans
  • Tea and knitting
  • A podcast interview with the Australian artist Ann Thomson
  • Liverpool 3-2 PSG
  • A pleasing little exchange of messages
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Planting seeds in the garden
  • A second harvest of borlotti beans
  • Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
  • Coconut dal and rice
  • A bath and Night Nurse
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Wearing my new OSKA trousers with a denim jacket and converse
  • Some good news about Stella
  • The smell of cut grass
  • A bath and bed
  • Oh
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Imogen’s sunny happy loveliness
  • Such a nice afternoon at Toby and Daisy’s with Mum and Imogen and Isaac and of course the teeny weeny Elsie
  • Hugs and love and gorgeous photos to take home and pore over
  • Wine and shepherds pie and macerated strawberries and hazelnut chocolate and happy chatting
  • Oh
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Getting most of the planning work done for Heritage Open Day
  • Siân is so lovely
  • Black cherry nail polish
  • ‘A bit of a sit’ and a glass of wine in the beautiful twinkly Refuge
  • Home at last and into bed
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Potting up little plants in the garden
  • Painting Imogen’s chest with her and talking about the joy and importance of being able to do things for yourself
  • Buying new school uniform and getting excited about Year 5
  • Reading/playing games on the sofa together
  • Daim cake and looking after myself
jan 6 2019 ∞
jan 6 2019 +
  • Another good sleep this time with phenergan
  • Sitting on the step drinking coffee in the warm golden sun
  • Potting up little plants
  • Wearing bright lipstick
  • Confetti dancing along the cobbles in the wind
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Finishing the amends for the events guide
  • Some lovely warm sunshine
  • Finding some nice lamps at IKEA which will look fab in the Library
  • Finishing the baby blanket
  • Elsie is born!
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Hugs with Isaac and Imogen
  • Fun in IKEA with Imogen, buying things for her new room
  • Setting up all the new things with Matty jumping around happily
  • Playing games and eating tea
  • Reading in bed
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Making some progress with work shit
  • Tea and cake
  • Positivity
  • Soup
  • Doing my back exercises
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Enjoying not working much today
  • Lovely conversations with Mum about all sorts of things
  • Getting more ends woven in
  • Waffles
  • Reading my Ravilious book
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Coffee
  • Meeting to discuss the artwork for the events guide
  • Walking back through the sunny, creative, vibey Northern Quarter
  • A toasted cheese sandwich and a cup of tea
  • Weaving in some more yarn ends on the baby blanket
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Siân is wonderful
  • Sandwiches and tea
  • Getting things done
  • Ironing is calming
  • Bed
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • It’s good to spend time with Mum...
  • ...doing little jobs for her...
  • ...helping to sort through the mountains of stuff...
  • ...and chatting about days gone by
  • Reading Dad’s diaries is so compelling and strange
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • A nice long phenergan sleep
  • Pottering in the garden doing things and planning
  • Reading my Arne Maynard book
  • Going to Anfield with Toby to watch Liverpool
  • Having an exciting happy time there
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Imogen and I arrive safely in Bristol after our train journey
  • A lovely afternoon in the garden, sitting in the hammock, making strawberry snifter and ooh cake
  • Sea trout and little potatoes
  • Reading Polly and the Wolf
  • Thinking about my garden
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Early into work and time to catch up and get prepared
  • An energising meeting with Dympna and Siân
  • Mmm millionaires shortbread
  • Setting up our secondhand bookstall
  • Peace and quiet at home
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Siân is lovely
  • Instagram filter colours
  • Home again after a day at work
  • Reading and crocheting
  • Bed
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • A lovely sunny early morning walk on the common with Imogen and Matty
  • Isaac is home safe from his operation
  • His house sale goes through and everyone is excited
  • Tesco is cool (everywhere else is nearly 30c)
  • Finishing The Explorer
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Coffee and conversation with Alison and Donna
  • Kentish cherries
  • Reading the lovely words of Emma Mitchell
  • A peaceful gentle afternoon
  • Whose business am I in? If I am over there, who is here for me?
dec 29 2018 ∞
jun 10 2020 +
  • A lovely chat with Isaac, and Matty is here
  • Seeing the radio telescope appear above the trees as we arrive at Bluedot
  • The wonderful Ana Matronic
  • Interesting and delicious food
  • Lots of fun music and things to see
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Imogen all excited for her holiday in Turkey
  • The power of coffee
  • Lovely clumps of rosebay willow herb on the hills
  • Kay tortures me but somehow it is good torture
  • A bit more order and tidiness downstairs at least
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • A productive day shopping in the Trafford Centre
  • A healthy juice for lunch
  • Sorting out my new clothes
  • Isaac keeps leaving chocolate around the house
  • Reading The Explorer with Imogen
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Morning cuddles with a clever girl who got a fab school report
  • Coffee
  • Millionaire shortbread
  • Home and on the sofa in comfy trousers
  • Twinkly lights in the garden and swifts in the sky
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • “I’ve come to live at your house!”
  • It’s lovely to see Toby again
  • Sitting outside in the garden all together
  • Reading to Imogen at bedtime
  • The cool of the evening
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Hooray for Isaac having a spare key
  • Wearing my new OSKA trousers
  • A good day of talking, thinking, planning, deciding
  • Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle and the evening is still hot
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • Time to sit and think and write
  • A lovely afternoon with Patti sitting in the shade and eating cherries and chatting
  • Finding two gorgeous red geraniums at Tesco and bringing them home
  • Waking on the common through the newly mown meadow with hay all piled up in rows
  • The heady scent of honeysuckle late at night
dec 29 2018 ∞
dec 29 2018 +
  • It’s good to see Mum and help her with stuff
  • Lots of interesting and deep conversations
  • Dyeing my dresses black
  • Thinking about improvements to the house and garden
  • Peaches
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • The ancient loveliness of Eye
  • Elevenses and coffee in a shady spot on Mellis Common, the shimmering heat, the silence, the sound of jackdaws
  • Saffron Walden is beautiful old houses, stone and carved wood, brick-walled alleyways and sunlit gardens, the scent of lime blossom, restrained colour combinations, gluten-free cream tea at Twinings tea shop
  • Seeing 'Bawden at Home' at the lovely Fry Art Gallery
  • The experience of arriving in Cambridge as if it was a foreign city - the park and ride, the man playing the flute in his car, the bikes, the impressive railway plaza, the beautiful houses
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Lemon and almond cake and coffee in the sun in a beautiful little tea garden in Walberswick, swifts screaming overhead and green plants all around
  • A lovely walk through the village and over the marshes to the beach
  • Swimming in the sea, drying in the sun, feeling the sand on my brown skin, collecting hagstones, breathing the warm salty air, feeling so happy
  • Walking along the river and over the marshes to Southwold where I found drumming and samba dancing and lots of wonderful aliveness, also fish and chips and beer
  • Seeing a deer on the beautiful drive home
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Hopeful for a less painful back
  • A nice meeting with Dympna and Siân
  • Dorothy the orchid is rather lovely
  • Seeing Mum
  • Getting things organised to go away
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Imogen running to get the little blue colander for strawberry picking
  • Finding that Imogen had left a heart in the butter
  • Learning how to make tiny paper stars
  • Pizza, wine, Ancoats and the NQ, laughing, talking, watching While We’re Young
  • “Just eat the fucking chocolate”
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • A flock of pigeons swirling about
  • It’s nice to see Patti and Grace
  • Getting England in the World Cup sweepstake
  • A cheeky mint Magnum on the way home from work
  • Sitting in the lovely warm sun
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • A coffee and chat with Donna
  • A little bit of retail therapy at IKEA
  • Sitting in the sun
  • Framing my Cornelia O’Donovan prints
  • Beautiful scents wafting in from the evening garden
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +

I seem to have forgotten to do today

aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Sitting in the sun at work
  • Strawberries and raspberries
  • And... umm... chocolate
  • Reading one of my new books about Great Bardfield
  • The roses and twinkly lights at dusk
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • A lovely morning drinking coffee and catching up with Alison
  • My books about Great Bardfield have come
  • Playing Monarchy with Imogen
  • Making a chocolate swiss roll and a lasagne for tea and then eating it
  • Giving Imogen her bath, drying her hair and reading The Explorer
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Nice albeit expensive lunch
  • Lemon cake and tea to perk us up
  • Home to silence and the smell of green
  • Doing sudokus
  • Watering the garden
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • A lovely day with Mum, sitting in the garden and chatting
  • Being able to talk about important mattering things
  • How beautiful the roses are
  • Rhubarb crumble, and also realising I need to plant a shrub where the rhubarb is growing
  • An inspiring interview with Anthony Hopkins
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Mum has had her safety rails fitted
  • Meeting Sian again and feeling positive for the future
  • The lovely feeling of the end of my working week
  • Sitting outside in the lovely sunny evening
  • Deciding to do my Tesco shop at 9pm so I don’t have to go tomorrow
aug 17 2018 ∞
aug 17 2018 +
  • Learning about the Amen Break
  • A lovely drive in the sunny Cheshire countryside with Mum
  • Lunch at the garden centre
  • Helping Mum with things
  • A bath and an early night and the birds are still singing at ten o’clock
jul 30 2018 ∞
jul 30 2018 +
  • A lovely last morning with Caroline
  • At last that dreadful mattress has gone
  • Imogen looks just like me in her green school summer dress and ponytail
  • Playing frisbee and making a long pole to get it down from a tree and laughing a lot
  • Playing cards before bed
jul 30 2018 ∞
jul 30 2018 +
  • The slugs have not eaten my courgettes
  • Wearing my new black loose comfy dress
  • Managing ok at work and people being kind
  • Getting my jobs done
  • Not eating unhealthy stuff
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Impossibly relieved that Imogen was ok after she got left behind at the tram stop and so grateful to the kind and lovely people who looked after her and me until we were reunited
  • A little visit to the art gallery: ‘Is this art?’ ‘Shall we go now?’
  • A nice time shopping for birthday clothes
  • Safe at home again
  • Playing games and reading
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Finishing the Order of Service
  • Finding some decent clothes eventually after patient searching at the Trafford Centre...
  • ...even some nice sandals, so let’s hope they are comfy
  • Rain after hot sun
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Imogen sleeps til nearly nine and is smiley and happy to wake up
  • Another wonderful hot sunny day
  • Fun and great music at SFTOC
  • Delicious food and good DJs
  • Home on the bus and into bed at last
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • A restful morning
  • All goes well and certificates are obtained, funeral arrangements are made
  • Mum saying that when election time comes round she plans to get the Conservatives to drive her to the polling station and then vote Labour
  • Everyone is so nice to Mum
  • A bath and bed with phenergan
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Lots of love for each other in our lovely family
  • Sitting outside in Mum’s quiet sunny garden watching the birds for a little while
  • A bath and hair wash and clean clothes
  • Having tea cooked for me
  • Feeling cared about and comforted and alive
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Isaac is lovely to Granny
  • Wearing my new charity shop top
  • Having roast chicken cooked for me and a glass of wine handed to me
  • A fun time watching Honeyfeet
  • Such a lovely time under the twinkly lights at the Refuge
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Good news from the dermatologist
  • Making granola and spice-roasted carroty rice
  • Crocheting baby circles
  • Texting with my boys
  • Liverpool 5-2 Roma
jul 16 2018 ∞
jul 16 2018 +
  • Breakfast outside in the sun looking out at the view
  • The beautiful Somerset countryside, sunny and springlike, green woods and primroses everywhere
  • Watching a marsh harrier on our walk to East Quantoxhead
  • Looking for fossils on the beach
  • Finding somewhere to buy lemonade
jul 5 2018 ∞
jul 5 2018 +
  • Getting stuff done despite sooo many interruptions
  • A nice bolognese potato for lunch
  • A wonderfully surprising interview
  • Such beautiful sunshine
  • Sitting outside for a little while when I got home
may 29 2018 ∞
may 29 2018 +
  • Going round to Grandpa’s for breakfast and laughing about Flower Power Radio
  • Imogen enjoying being outside in the morning air in her pyjamas and fetching ketchup with Reuben
  • Stair quizzing again
  • Choosing yarn
  • Experimenting with crochet
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • Shortlisting the job applications
  • Tom being super helpful
  • Patti being cheering and encouraging
  • Chocolate on the way home
  • Lovely phenergan
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • Sitting on the back step in the sun
  • Chatting to Julia
  • Newly cut and coloured hair
  • Delicious wine
  • Listening to music and chatting
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • Metallic nail polish and wearing my new jacket
  • Walking through the city centre in the light, busy, mild evening
  • Seeing Jessica Lea Mayfield play a wonderful acoustic set
  • Chocolate on the tram on the way home
  • Enjoying having longer hair
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • Another ok night on the new mattress
  • Feeling a bit more hopeful about work
  • Bargains from Aldi
  • Reading stuff about artistic partnerships
  • Deciding to be healthy again
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • My new mattress has come and I am cautiously optimistic about it
  • A nice little walk to buy Easter eggs
  • The lovely smell of clean sheets
  • I have booked a week’s holiday in Suffolk and Cambridge!
  • Bath and phenergan and bed
may 21 2018 ∞
may 21 2018 +
  • Working with Dympna feels positive and forward-looking
  • A nice chat with Susana
  • A nice chat with Jane
  • Chocolate in the car on the way home
  • Bath and bed
apr 19 2018 ∞
apr 19 2018 +
  • Sitting up in bed with the window open with Imogen, drinking tea and eating breakfast and chatting
  • Making food for Isaac
  • A lovely late lunch at Brewdog with free beer and a delicious gluten-free chicken burger
  • Walking around Manchester, talking, buying books and seeing interesting things
  • Tea and chocolate and conversation
apr 12 2018 ∞
apr 12 2018 +
  • Time to think and write
  • Delicious soup and sandwich and tea for only £5 in Mossley and a good chat with Alison
  • Such a lovely time talking to Rosie
  • Nice M&S food for tea
  • Reading a novel
apr 12 2018 ∞
apr 12 2018 +
  • Playing with crochet stitches
  • A birthday book in the post from Alison
  • Buying a cupboard to paint and enjoying having a project
  • Seeing lovely bouncy Imogen and cooking her tea
  • Doing the primer and listening to the radio
mar 31 2018 ∞
mar 31 2018 +
  • Sleeping late
  • Feeling slightly better
  • Eating creme eggs
  • Having the French doors open
  • Lighting the stove
mar 31 2018 ∞
mar 31 2018 +
  • Fab news and a mini victory at work
  • Sue gave me an orange and a plum
  • It’s nice to chat to Michael
  • A glass of wine
  • Learning about fundraising and leadership on my new online course
mar 31 2018 ∞
mar 31 2018 +
  • Lots of games of the London Game
  • Making flapjack
  • Playing with clay
  • Mashing potatoes for tea with chicken casserole
  • Reading Little Grey Rabbit
mar 31 2018 ∞
mar 31 2018 +
  • A good meeting with Gaby and Dympna
  • Being productive and moving things forward
  • Nice little text exchanges with my boys
  • Deciding to splash out on a ready meal curry for tea
  • Eating it and two creme eggs and watching Endeavour
mar 9 2018 ∞
mar 9 2018 +
  • “Ask me what time it is” ... “What time is it?” ... “Breakfast time!”
  • Playing games with Imogen
  • A restful afternoon
  • Lovely beef and chorizo stew and lemon pudding
  • Talking and listening to music by the fire
mar 9 2018 ∞
mar 9 2018 +
  • Patti arriving with coffee and cheering chocolate biscuits
  • A song thrush in the snowy garden
  • Roast chicken cooked for me
  • Little twinkly sparkles on snow
  • A fun gig and free beer
mar 9 2018 ∞
mar 9 2018 +
  • An ok night on the air mattress
  • Driving through the hills to Barnsley
  • An interesting day with museum and art people
  • My big warm coat
  • Snow
feb 26 2018 ∞
feb 26 2018 +
  • Waking and feeling better after such a long sleep
  • A lovely sunny day
  • A giant clean-and-tidy operation
  • Another mindful food shop
  • A nice evening chatting by the stove
feb 26 2018 ∞
feb 26 2018 +
  • It’s getting light by 6.30 and birds are singing
  • Geese going over
  • Nice chats with Fergus and Tom and Simon and Sarah
  • Sunlight all day and it’s still light at 5pm
  • Thinking about crocheted baby blankets
feb 22 2018 ∞
feb 22 2018 +
  • A good sleep
  • Watching a tiny wren moving about the garden
  • Reading Byron Katie and doing enquiry
  • Making some lentil soup for myself and eating it with toast
  • A nice chat
feb 22 2018 ∞
feb 22 2018 +
  • Feeling better enough to wash and iron sheets and pillowcases
  • Booking tickets for Lady Bird and beginning to think about going out and being normal again
  • Porto 0-5 Liverpool
  • Yet another bath - the highlight of the day when you are ill
  • Feeling quite comfy on my new mattress
feb 22 2018 ∞
feb 22 2018 +
  • A tolerable sleep despite swapping beds and making a hot water bottle in the night
  • My back is not quite so bad this morning
  • Grateful for my warm cosy house to be ill in
  • Nutritious food
  • A hot bath
feb 13 2018 ∞
feb 13 2018 +
  • Waking after a good sleep
  • Having a restful day
  • Friends and family sending kind messages
  • Reading a PD James
  • A hot bath and bed
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +
  • Waking after a long sleep
  • Sitting up in bed getting lots of worky things done
  • Healthy eating
  • A walk to Didsbury for some shopping
  • Feeling more in control of things
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +
  • Driving Katharine to Media City in the shining sunshine
  • A man being helpful when I was buying wood at B&Q
  • A lovely walk up on the common
  • It’s getting lighter in the evenings
  • Talking and eating and drinking wine
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +
  • Listening to French in the car
  • Keeping warm
  • Sorting out money
  • Questioning my thoughts
  • A very early night
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +
  • Imogen has been promoted to the next swimming group
  • Doing hama beads together and listening to the radio
  • Playing cards and laughing
  • Swimming up and down and getting my head together
  • Making plans to save money and spend mindfully
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +
  • Isaac’s goodness
  • Going for free lunch to help with austerity measures
  • Lemon cake
  • A little chat with Toby who wanted to know about cooking
  • Sorting out money things a bit better than they were
feb 8 2018 ∞
feb 8 2018 +