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a feathered house guest

There’s a chicken in my kitchen. There’s a chicken in my kitchen quite a lot these days, to be honest; when she isn’t there she’s generally sitting on the sofa, sleeping by a radiator or, at best, pecking at the window on the front door. I’m not sure she fully understands what being a chicken’s

a room with a view

I was the kind of child who lived in a perpetual daydream; the cars were boats, the roads canals, and the clouds on the horizon, above the houses, were definitely snow covered hills. Some days I’d stare at them so long & hard I couldn’t even be sure any more; were there mountains there? Had

tulips for CΓ©cile – a little Instameet in Paris

Two weeks ago, I was in Paris. Paris is, obviously, the best; if you’ve never been, all I can say is that it really is exactly how you imagine it to be. The only alternate life I ever mourn for is one where I pay attention in high school french, overcome all that prohibitive anxiety

no news is good news

I’ve stopped reading the news – in particular, I’ve stopped reading bad news. Or, at least I’ve tried to; news, it turns out, is everywhere! I’ve replaced my car radio time with audio books, my lunchbreak reading with a few favourite blogs. We don’t watch TV or buy papers at home, and I’ve deleted the

Parenting: What I (un)learned in the first two years

She is two; fiesty, messy haired, hilarious. She is a changling and a hurricane, a swirl of snot and sugar and soft, sticky kisses. She hears owls in almost everything – a squeaking tap, a squeal of breaks, a pigeon on the roof. “Wowl singing, mummy!”, & I never have the heart to set her

slow living : read more books

Read more books – the first resolution on my slow living list. Easy, right? Books have always been a part of my identity. I tend to read fast and furiously, churning through novels the way Orla does bowls of pasta. A friend once joked my book collection was in danger of burying me alive; “It’s

slow living

A resolution for 2015: to slow down and to simplify. 2014 has been good to me, but frantic, without focus. So maybe it’s fitting that I don’t really know where to start with this, either. I’ve got as far as a list of 12 areas of my life I’d like to work on; one for

more notes for my daughter

Let her learn from my mistakes, please. Part one here. Be you. The world will adjust. Say no to the things you don’t want to do – you don’t need an excuse. Eat junk food while your metabolism is good. School is great, but educate yourself on the things they leave out, too; money, things