Birthdays are like buses

You know that old story about how you wait ages for a bus and then two come at once? Sometimes birthdays are a bit like that – there’s a long, dry spell with no parties, no cake, no presents – and then BAM! there’s a whole BUNCH of them all at once! Today I’m VERY…

Forget Me Not

I lit candles in my fireplace today, in coloured-glass-filled lanterns, which cast bright shadows on the walls in crystal hues. I lit candles in lanterns with filigree metalwork, so that patterns danced and swayed with the flames, and the shadows were cast out (except where they were beautiful). I lit candles that were plain, in…

Happy Mix-tape Birthday, Precious

  Dear Precious I realise this is something of an ‘open letter’ format (a vehicle I’m still not entirely sure I like, though I admit it serves its purpose) but in writing this post in this way, I have the opportunity to spin words around you in a shimmering cloud, creating the illusion of intimacy,…