Tea is a serious business

Tea is a serious business

There’s more than a touch of Father Ted’s housekeeper Mrs Doyle about me. The fashion sense, obviously, the careful attention to appearance; but, most of all, I share Mrs Doyle’s love of tea. As a child, I was given cups of milky, sugared tea with …

Ordeal by Tapas

Ordeal by Tapas

I have a confession to make. I can’t stand tapas. Those little dishes of food placed in the centre of a table for a party to share. I really can’t see the point. Yes, I hear you. I don’t know what I’m missing. Actually I …

The Dog’s in Charge

The Dog’s in Charge

I seem to have acquired a dog and I’m not quite sure how it happened. Allow me to reassure you. I have not taken in a stray or lured away a neighbour’s pet with doggy treats. Rather, it is the work of my third-born. And, …

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

IN PRAISE OF ANTHEMS

I am a fan of the Scottish Rugby Team. And they don’t make it easy, believe me.   But, this week-end, they made me proud to be a Scot. The annual, Calcutta Cup, played between Scotland and England, as part of the Six Nations Championship …

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

My father grew dahlias and chrysanthemums.   He didn’t just grow them. He showed them, by which I mean he entered competitions.   Always a keen gardener, he announced one evening that he was going out to see a man called Tom.   Tom, I …

IT’S PIANO TIME

IT’S PIANO TIME

In a former life, I was a pianist.   I started young, as a ballet accompanist when I was just thirteen, often playing in gloves to combat the temperatures in the barely-heated rooms. It was good money and far easier than standing behind a shop …

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

I couldn’t put it off any longer.  The tree was down, the decorations packed away – Christmas was officially over and it was time to hit the gym. And so, out came the leggings (thankfully stretchy) and the baggy t-shirt (somehow not as baggy as …

FOOLS GOLD

FOOLS GOLD

As the divine Jane Austen might have said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a completed manuscript must be in want of an active social media presence. Right you are then, Jane. Website – check Twitter profile – check …