Kite Calls

she calls hey-up to the sky rides the same pattern swirls to the horizon sees a cacophony flutter green feathers silver shines she spies for the smallest unconcerned about this one walking below A yawn for the morning air. She follows the same pattern, breakfast, coffee, kids. This morning she stops, hears the cry of... Continue Reading →

Myth and Magic at Glastonbury Abbey

Even on a dark, rainy day, Glastonbury Abbey is impressive. This vast building was once one of the richest monasteries in England. Now it's mostly ruined. Glastonbury is a place synonymous with myth and legend, so it's perhaps not surprising that the abbey has a few stories in its past. The first story lies in... Continue Reading →

Tyntesfield – Where “Sherlock” Went Gothic

To say Tyntesfield is Gothic is an understatement. This place is Goth-ick. It's so Gothic it'd make Goths go green with envy - under their pale makeup obviously. Fans of the BBCs' "Sherlock" should recognise Tyntesfield from the episode "The Abominable Bride" a (sort of) homage to the original Victorian setting of Arthur Conan-Doyles' detective... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Cope With Criticism

Put anything you create out into the great wild world and you'll be guaranteed to get some criticism back. If you're lucky it will be of the useful "constructive" variety, but it's likely some of it won't be. No-one's writing is ever universally liked or without the potential to offend. But even though it comes... Continue Reading →

How do you Organise your Books?

I have a bit of a thing for interior decorating. I'm not that good at it, but I'll happily spend hours reading magazines and scanning Pinterest, wishing I had the skill (and money) to create something impressive in my own house. And being an avid reader, my interest in decor dovetails neatly into the storage and... Continue Reading →

What I Learnt Coming “off” Social Media

For the past couple of months, I've been "off" social media. It started as a give-something-up-for-Lent thing and thus far, it's continuing. I've been trying this for a few reasons, but primarily to curb my procrastinating and reduce my anxiety. The results have been interesting - and not what you might expect. When I say off I... Continue Reading →

Deja Vu at Quinta da Regaleria

There was a moment as we walked through the magical gardens of this park that my other half said he was sure he'd been here before, not in person, but in a dream. I knew exactly what he meant. The Quinta da Regaleria is one of a number of outlandish buildings and parks located near... Continue Reading →

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