Saturday, June 25, 2016

Soft. So soft.


Mal is one of those rare cats who actually likes having his tummy fur stroked.  If you need comforting after this week, please drop in.  He'll throw in the purring, too.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Approaching 23 June with Hope



In.  Definitely in.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Indonesian Dreaming

There have been/are a lot of things in my head that deserve attention. For example -

This week - I finished The Picture of Frances Gray and sent it out to 6, count them, 6 readers, 5 of whom were volunteers and then my sister who really doesn't have a choice (this is my adult novella - possibly the least saleable form of writing known to woman, but hey, I'm in it for the money, as we know).  And I sent out 3 sets of new poems to magazines (also, of course, for the money).

And next week - I'm off down to London to learn how to be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, cat-sit for a friend, and work on the edits for another novel. 

But what keeps pushing to the front of my brain has nothing to do with any of that.  No, I'm thinking/dreaming/obsessing about Indonesia.  I'm going to visit family there at the end of August, which is AGES away, but this trip has nevertheless completely jumped the queue of my attention.  It's just possible I may mention it again, but in the meantime, here are a few of the images I'm giving head room to (3 of these photos are from Wikipedia, and one isn't) -









Roll on August!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

And My Nominations Are ...

Do you recognise these fine ladies?  Come on over to The History Girls to find out what I've nominated them for -







Monday, May 30, 2016

Orcadian Strip the Willow on Scotia Extremis

I'm over on Scotia Extremis today with Harry Giles - dance on over, perhaps?


Saturday, May 28, 2016

World Menstrual Day

There's a really fascinating post on The History Girls by Janie Hampton here. I'd love to see this taught in history at school - you'd definitely get the pupils' attention. Meantime, here's my favourite image from Janie's post - a rock etching from Australia of two menstruating women dancing -



Okay, I don't remember ever feeling quite like that, but I love their panache!  So, today, let us raise a glass (or a hot water bottle) to the menstrual cycle - we'd be nowhere without it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

3000 Empty Chairs


Shadow Chair

This week I was over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, posting about the 3000 empty chairs project.  I've sent in the photo above (contributions don't appear instantly, though).

If you want to take part in this growing symbol of support for refugee children, it's really easy - pop over to ABBA for more details, or click on the link above.