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Ways with Words


I was due to go to the Daily Telegraph ‘Ways with Words’ literary festival  at Dartington Hall in Devon over the weekend … I’d been looking forward to it for a while, but, as with many things, plans never quite go as anticipated. We made it down to Devon and my parent’s house on Friday […]

I went to see Sylvie Guillem at Sadlers Wells last night. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for years now, and after last year’s Eonnagata  left me in tears, it was with huge expectation that I sat down in the theatre. I wasn’t disappointed. The first piece, Rearray, choreographed by William Forsythe, was set […]

A little bit of playing around with embedding from … my latest fun thing 😉 12k trail run 7.5 miles / 12.07008 km Created 03.04.11 by Ellsea with hills I didn’t make my Wednesday run because of an event at school, so I was raring to go by this morning. Almost perfect conditions – […]

I got me some new trainers! Whilst there are precious few mountains round these parts, there are plenty of trails along the public footpaths, bridleways and along the Basingstoke Canal, and these byways are my running routes of preference – they beat pounding tarmac and inhaling traffic fumes every day of the week, hands down. […]



I wrote last year that I felt like my world was contracting, and that feeling has carried on into the new year. It’s changed, though, so that it doesn’t feel like a negative experience, and has figured a lot in my thinking about the year ahead. Last year, and pretty much every year before that, […]

It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end Ursula Le Guin Something I feel like I spend a lot of time trying to teach myself, and failing to learn … stuck in an eternal eddy going round in ever-increasingly stressful circles. It’s November. […]

Well, just under six months into their government, and the Conservatives have managed to offend just about every middle class parent in the country. Everyone knew cuts in public spending were coming, and everyone knew it was going to be harsh and that there would be losers in the process. But I think most people […]

Now that Bella-blossom has started pre-school, I have mornings free … and my runs have got longer so that now I’m up to 10km at a time. And the longer I run, the more my mind runs off on tangents, thinking less about the process of running and more about ‘other things’ … I’m enjoying […]

Falling back


It’s *that* time of the year again.   The summer holidays are over, and summer is drawing to a close … and the days are getting shorter and darker. Correspondingly, I feel like I’m contracting my world around me, withdrawing and hoarding my resources against the long darkness ahead. It’s been difficult picking up again […]

The summer holidays have come to an end, so we spent most of today (regretfully) preparing for school tomorrow – tidying bedrooms, packing up PE kits and school bags, putting the finishing touches to homework. The fact that it was grey and rainy for most of the day seemed somehow appropriate, but it was comforting […]