It's been a long time coming. Today is the day my brother goes on his first real holiday! His first holiday since he was a teenager, and other than a trip to Ireland when he was about nine years old, he has never been abroad. He is now 48. After living with psychosis for many years, he received the help…

I wait all year for my week of skiing. I'm not a very daring skier, and often find it quite stressful, but the clear mountain air, amazing food, spa treatments and some time with my husband, it all adds up to a pretty good week away. A holiday! Until this year where it ended up being a non-holiday. We had…

Some of you will have seen via instagram that I have been a little arty recently. It's been a while coming to fruition, but I have embarked on something new. Something that can run alongside what I already do. I used to paint, but I'm not a natural born artist, giving up art at school, as only the superbly talented…

Most of you will know that my brother has been going through some amazing changes since having a diagnosis of Autism and Schizophrenia nearly two years ago. If you are new to this blog, read about it here. We always knew he was different, but could never get him assessed, as he was always falling through the net and never…

'You just want everything to be pink and fluffy, that's not real life you know.' YES, I do want things to be pink and fluffy. Why wouldn't you want everything to be nice? What is the harm in that? Now, I am realistic, I know world peace is probably a far off dream, and there are people on this planet…

It's that time of year again. It happens every year - the post Christmas detox. The media is full of celebrity fitness videos, new diets, and which juicer/blender to buy. With the vast reach of social media, we see it even more, but believe me, this has been going on every January for years. I've been doing what I do…

I recently stumbled upon a bargain. Not a new pair of shoes or a coat. I mean an real bargain, an edible one. No, not chocolate! Parsnips! Thanks to Tesco I found 4kg of perfectly ok parsnips for ..... £1.09! Lucky me! Although I had forgotten that I had parked the car a distance away and walked, knowing I only wanted…

I had no one to entertain, no hoards of visitors to feed, and no long list of presents to purchase, but it really got to me this year. Ridiculous really. I became teary, depressive, and almost agoraphobic. Gone are the days where I used to look forward to Christmas for the parties. The thought of having to purchase a new…

I wouldn't say I was a particularly stressed person these days. Christmas is never a huge affair as we have no children or grandparents to buy for, so there should be no reason for panic or last minute stress. No mountains of mince pies to bake, and no pans of red cabbage bubbling in the oven. It's all very low…

Today is the shortest day and longest night. The Winter Solstice. The pinnacle of Yule Tide.  Thank the Pagans for Christmas. It's not all about babies in mangers. It's much deeper than that. As you know, I am a lone witch. I don't do full blown ceremonies with masses of people at Stonehenge. I like a more subtle, carefully planned…

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