Creative writing Sundays

Creative writing  Sundays
In the last couple of months I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in a fantastic activity, organised by Aliyah’s friend’s dad, Boris (who’s also an award winning academic at the uni of Edinburgh by the way). Every second Sunday, Boris gets himself and a group of kids from the school together and runs a ...

Reunited: a short story

Reunited: a short story
Reunited The story begins in the village of Embu, about 30 kilometres away from Sao Paolo. It is a Sunday afternoon in January. ‘Embu das artes’ they call it, because of the flea market where local artists sell their arts and crafts every week. It is hot, and very humid. His white linen shirt clings to his ...

Scottish Spring: four seasons in one day

Scottish Spring: four seasons in one day
Thursday this week was officially the first day of Spring. It is admittedly a beautiful season. It starts to get warmer, the sun starts to come out, daffodils bloom, there’s a certain smell in the air that makes you want to be outside as much as possible, it’s lighter earlier in the morning and lighter ...

(Crappy) Dinner party? Don’t mind if I do

(Crappy)  Dinner party? Don’t mind if I do
Contrary to what the title might suggest, let me start by saying that there was NOTHING crappy about the dinner party I hosted this evening. There were seven beautiful adults and eight beautiful kids. The food was lovely and the chat was fun. My house wasn’t even that messy. The reason for the title is ...

Nycos: Driving with a purpose

Nycos: Driving with a purpose
I am not a huge fan of driving. I was a late learner. It took three different driving instructors to find one I was happy with. The driving theory and practical exams are the only exams I have ever failed in my entire life! (I passed second time on both. I was devastated.) I particularly ...

Figs, and why I love them

Figs,  and why I love them
When my daughter heard I was writing a blog post a day, she decidedly told me I had to write a post about figs. So here goes: If you know me you’ll know I get particularly excited when it’s fig season, especially when I can find decent figs here in the UK. It isn’t always ...

Pilates: wake up your core

Pilates: wake up your core
Shortly after I gave birth to my daughter by Caesarian section, I literally felt like I had no abdominal muscles. I could just about see that they were there, but it felt like they were in a deep sleep. It was an ‘interesting’ (read deeply disturbing) feeling. It was like I had to teach my ...

A philosophical coffee break

I thought today, I’d stay with yesterday’s theme, and explore the question of ‘what you were born to do’ a bit more. I know it might seem a little heavy, but roll with it. Grab yourself a coffee (or tea if you prefer), and engage in a little bit of philosophy. I’ve always liked the ...

Bohemian Rhapsody: What were you born to do?

Bohemian Rhapsody: What were you born to do?
A couple of nights ago I watched the film Bohemian Rhapsody. It is the story of the brilliant, creatively gifted, outstanding performer that was Freddy Mercury. I found it very inspiring to watch this story: this man’s journey, his faith in his gift, his discovery of himself, his sexuality, his music, and his need for ...

Camping in Scotland, Part 2: My top 10 tips for fellow sceptics

Camping in Scotland, Part 2: My top 10 tips for fellow sceptics
A few weeks ago I had my first experience of camping in Scotland. Contrary to my fears, it was actually fun. And as promised, I’m going to share my most helpful hints and tips, for anyone else considering it: (Please note these are for camping in the summer months, when it’s not freezing.) 1. Weather ...