‘The Papoose’ – A Short Story

A Man’s habitual hibernation into the London Underground – escaping the demands of modern life.  The London Underground is my safe haven. Many people hate it; it is a mere Limbo-land necessity to get you from important A to even more important B. But for me, there is no other place that could give me…

London HotSpot – Columbia Road Flower Market

This has been my hot discovery of the week – London’s Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. It’s just wonderful. Flowers of all shapes and sizes – 20 white roses for £5, Orchids for £5. Tray upon tray of pretty little bedding plants, all well priced and turning their colourful faces up towards the…

Time is Liquid

Here’s what I’ve come to realise – Time is liquid. When you really want it to stick around, it’ll just dribble with increasing, uncontrollable speed through your fingers. Then, when you have buckets of the stuff, just oodles of Time, it’ll sit mockingly in said bucket and taunt you. This is a common realisation, I’m…

Writing – How to Establish Your Characters

A few weeks ago, I took part in a ‘Writing Characters’ workshop. Developing your characters thoroughly is a really interesting way to get stuck into your creative writing, and you can even find that, if you establish your characters well enough, they may start to dictate the story themselves. A couple of the tasks were…

Happy Easter – Watercolour Guinea Pigs are Easter-y, Right?

Happy Easter bloggers! I’ve been working on my watercolours and here is one of my most recent – Mr. Guinea Pig. I know, it’s not an Easter bunny, but guinea pigs don’t get much of a look in in general, so I’m letting this little buddy join the Easter party.I found him very difficult as it took…

Banana and Raisin Bread – A Fool Proof Recipe.

When I have ripe, spotty, blackening bananas in my fruit bowl, I think of two things… banana milkshake and, ultimately, banana and raisin bread… Wonderfully banana flavoured, hints of chewy raisin, naturally moist! Simple. You Will Need – 285g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/2 tsp salt 110g butter 200g caster sugar 2…

How to Keep that Running Resolution!

Yes, like many others, I said I’d go running for one of my New Year Resolutions. Running doesn’t come naturally to me. No, scratch that. Running patiently over long distances doesn’t come naturally to me. I have managed so far to go running once a week. And, OK, I know that’s not much, but it’s…

Sebastian Faulks ‘A Possible Life’ – an Unsatisfying Read

Having previously read and greatly enjoyed Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion D’Or, I was very much looking forward to reading another Sebastian Faulks, in fact, one of his most recent efforts, as A Possible Life was published in 2012. Faulks has become known and respected for his historical fiction which often finds itself in…

Happy National Cereal Day! 

This is a token that proves my love for cereal, in its many, wonderful forms – sweet/savoury, crunchy/soggy – I haven’t found one I’d turn away yet! This Cereal Killer spoon was slipped into one of my cereal boxes on Valentine’s day a long time ago, whilst at university. (In case you were wondering, I…

Are Friends Best for Anti-Ageing?

As a young woman in an ever image conscious London, the desire to remain looking youthful is often a consideration. Thankfully I do not have the money to let it become a full-blown obsession and go and buy all the anti-ageing, collagen boosting products out there. Alright, I might have some coconut oil on my…