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.

January 6, 2017

the year in books :: January 2017

Three years ago, when my youngest was just a baby, and I was sleep-deprived, book-deprived and- it felt to me- sanity-deprived, I made a pledge to myself. In an attempt to return to my bookaholic ways (in a previous life, before children, I was an English student who could devour a book in an afternoon), I decided that I would read one book a month. For the sake of accountability, I chose to record those books via this blog. Thus, The Year in Books was born. read more

December 31, 2016

a fresh start & a new idea

New Year’s Eve. The ultimate fresh start, and a time for reflection and hope. I’ve taken some time over the past few days to dream and to plan. In the year ahead, I’m going to take a little time and pay more attention to this slightly neglected blog of mine. I’m starting with an idea that’s been in the back of my mind for some time now- ‘Small Stories’- an occasional email newsletter. Once a month or so, I’ll be sending a little piece of lovely right to your inbox. I’ll be including recipes, book choices, seasonal musings, tales from the tabletop and more. If you’d like to receive this, just pop your email address into the box below.

Oh, and I wish you the very happiest of new years. 2017, I am hoping beyond hope that you will bring us all good things…

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