*17* poetry Friday

Mary Oliver died yesterday. I didn’t think I liked poetry before I ‘met’ her. Her poems changed all that, and will always be in her debt, so today instead of a music video you can listen to my favourite poem read by my favourite poet… And one more…. When Death Comes by Mary Oliver When […]

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*16* rocky road bars

Still in the middle of exam week. The boys are ratty, tired, fed up AND teenagers… there’s only one way to loosen them up and obtain a vaguely friendly grunt out of them: food. Food with chocolate. Enter the super quick and super delicious ‘rocky road crunch bars’ from Nigella Lawson’s book Nigella Express. (or […]

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*15* wellbeing

In my quest for ‘less waste’ I made myself try another everyday product in a different format, conscious that sometimes we get stuck in our ways and assume – (makes an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’… they boys love it when I say that… not) – that how it should be, full stop. It’s so […]

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*14* 2019 book no 1

‘A conscious Englishman’ by Margaret Keeping This blog used to be about making stuff… now it seems to have transformed itself into a more of a reading review… oh well, such is life, eh? This was the first finish of this year. A gentle, tender, soft book about the last years of the English poet […]

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*13* poetry Monday

Back to college today, so you’re getting a bookish poem. Do you know Brian Bilston? This Bookshop life (Brian Bilston) I’d buy everything from a bookshop if I could.All my food would come from there.Atwooden tables I would sit, eating Dahl,Kipling Tartts or chocolate Baudelaires.There’d be flat tortillas, focaccia and the rye:it would be a […]

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*12* local history

Florence Earangey (nee How), lived at No 3 Wellington Square from 1899 to 1911. She was very active in the women Suffrage movement together with her husband, William George Earangey a local solicitor. Florence was supportive of any movement who would push forward the issue of women’s vote but when in 1907 her sister, Edith […]

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*11* music Friday

The sun has just broken through the clouds, so now this song doesn’t seem so topical anymore… but it remains beautiful and I hope you’ll like it too: Dar Williams: The beauty of the rain… Happy Friday.

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*10* triple chocolate cookies

Buckwheat triple chocolate cookies. Note of warning: have a glass of cold milk ready because… hello… chocolate!!! You can find the recipe here. It’s really easy and quick. Probably as quick as eating the cookies when you’re done! A lot is done in the mixer (but you don’t have to… I’m just lazy)… but I wonder […]

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*9* wellbeing

Blogging is about sharing, right? At times it does feel a little like I’m talking to myself, but generally speaking I think blogging is about talking to people and exchanging ideas and so today I’d like to mention a product that I discovered a few months ago and I’ve been using for just as long […]

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*8* last of 2018

‘Time’s convert’ by Deborah Harkness I like a good modern vampire story… they’re silly and cheesy and total escapism. They’re the perfect holiday reading when you brain is full of heavy college books (… gender performatism anyone?)… and your belly full of Christmas food. This was a lovely surprise present from my sister and I […]

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