Coast to Coast on foot

It’s happening. I’m having a midlife crisis. Which is to suppose that I’m actually ‘mid’ life, but what do we know? This I do know – life is short, so you should seize every chance you have to do the things you want to do. Even if what you want to do is walk 200…

How to have a bastard brilliant ski holiday

I’m supposed to be finishing writing an ebook this week but yesterday I got back from having a fucking brilliant ski holiday, so instead I am taking a short interlude to instruct you all on how to have the very same. 1. Go with the most amusing people you know It doesn’t matter if they…

Until the sun.

  My love, my daughter. It’s the first day of your next year. We walk out together behind the house to the field to catch the last pink gold of the same sun which has shone for us every day of these last nine years. How can it be the same, when we are not?…

Home, where the spoons are.

Last weekend I found myself tramping through the quiet graveyard of a historic church with my children in tow. Back visiting my parents in the village I grew up in, I’d just enjoyed a kind of watershed moment, realising that one day I would probably be back in this graveyard ON PURPOSE and not just…

What happens when you take children to a literary festival.

Picture the scene – a genteel English country garden, a vintage van selling chilled prosecco, a bunting decked barn and a marquee full of what my husband would call “highbrow Guardian-reading types” listening to a talk by an author on the importance of owls whilst my 6 year old and his new best friend thrash…