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Homework

Little Owl looked up from her homework the other evening, “Did you know Edward the Confessor died with no hair?” “Really? Wow, that’s interesting…” A long silence as I registered what she’d said. “No hair? That’s a funny fact to … Continue reading

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Writing life

For those of you who don’t know, this week, two years ago, I won the Kelpies Prize at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. On Instagram this week, my publisher posted a photo of me accepting the prize from the wonderful … Continue reading

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Rain

This is a photo from half term. I sat on the beach in the sunshine while the children pottered about in the shallows. No one needed a wee or a snack, no one was having a meltdown, no one was … Continue reading

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Buttercup strength

I had a bit of a slump in spirits last week. Nothing had particularly changed, and perhaps that was the problem. There’s only so long you can go on gritting your teeth. Things remained intense, challenging, hot, and confined. And … Continue reading

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Spoons

The temperature has dropped. There are reports of snow up on the moors. I have a little scrap of thin plastic attached to my NHS issue raincoat which is supposedly a hood. It doesn’t do much to protect me from … Continue reading

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Phoning home

I saw a funny thing the other day. I was walking behind a mum pushing a pram ladened with shopping bags and a couple of small children holding on to the frame. I heard her say to one of the … Continue reading

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Big yellow wheels

After a full day of pouring rain kept us confined indoors on Saturday we opted for a brisk romp upriver on Sunday. There the river is only a third of the width it is down near our house but it … Continue reading

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Trapped in Tesco

It is no word of a lie to say that I spent most of one day this week trying to do our weekly grocery shopping. I began to wonder if I’d ever come out of the store alive. Since Finch … Continue reading

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NOT nesting

I hate the word nesting. I don’t mind it being applied to birds in spring because they are actually building nests but when it’s applied to pregnant women it makes me irate. It’s mostly because I don’t want it to … Continue reading

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Searching for brown

Yesterday a chill wind blew. It was laden with portents of ice and snow. Today the sheep dogs lounge in the sun on the steps from the farm yard. The weather is warm and mild again but we draw in … Continue reading

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