*18* 48 years of books (2006)

“Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson Strictly speaking this book was first published in 2005… but, when searching for a book from 2006, I made a rookie mistake and took note the paperback edition publishing date. I apologise. Having said that I’m sticking by this book/year because I loved it and it deserves to be […]

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*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* A conscious Englishman

‘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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