February 13, 2017

The Year in Books :: February 2017

January’s book, This is Not a Diet Book, was a refreshing inspiration. I’d recommend it to anyone  looking to re-think their diet or improve their relationship to food. For February, I’ve chosen a love story that was recommended to me during last month’s Twitter Chat. Judging it by its beautifully embroidered cover, I feel fairly certain that The Comet Seekers is a novel that I’m going to love.

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January 27, 2017

on the January 2017 table

For the fourth year running, I am documenting the year with monthly photographs of my kitchen table. Capturing the jumble that accumulates here, at the heart of the kitchen, is also a way to record some of the domestic stories of our family life. You can read previous tales from the table here. read more

January 16, 2017

blue skies for Monday

The only sort of blue that I want on this dreary Monday is the blue of the sky and an echoing reflection in the sea. Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe it’s the weather or the relentless unsettling news, but last week left me feeling more than a little glum. Bundling up the boys in boots, coats and scarves, we took ourselves to the shore. We collected sea glass (‘whimsies’, a lady on the beach called them), strolled along the pier and ate our first ice creams of the year at the water’s edge. Breathing in huge gulps of salty air is always the best balm for the soul.

I hope that Monday hasn’t left you feeling blue.