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My Garden Is Close Yet Distant…

I was standing by the sink in my kitchen, washing up (yes, I do have a dishwasher, but not everything fitted in) and looked out through the window.  My kitchen window overlooks my back garden and I love the view. My garden used to be a barren patch. About ten …

A Day Not Like Any Other

Today started like any other week-day. Nothing particular about it – be that good or bad. The usual morning rush to school, catching up with work, sorting out various things, school pick-up, a weekly supermarket shop etc, etc… Finally, I fed the boys dinner, sent them to bed and sat …

I Wasn’t Going To Write This…

  I had two or three pre-planned ideas for my today’s post but, as someone has recently said to me, ‘life hardly ever goes to plan, and that’s OK’. So I’ve left my ideas as they were and decided to write something completely different. One of my friends left a …

Talking In My Head

I have always thought that talking to yourself is a sign of imminent  madness, or at least a significant eccentricity. I am now forced to revisit this assumption  – I have started talking to myself quite a lot recently, whilst I believe I am perfectly sane. Sometimes, the sentences churn …

Get Rich Quick – Or Not…

A few days ago, I received a strange email.  It was a message from a complete stranger promising me I could get rich  – very quickly, pretty much RIGHT NOW. How exactly was I going to get rich? The person who offered to solve all my financial problems, claimed he …

Wimbledon Shock Departures – An End Of An Era?

This week’s newspapers are full of news of shock departures from Wimbledon tennis championships. The biggest losers of the 2014 tournament so far are Serena Willimas, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. They all have got knocked out roughly half-way through the tournament, to much disappointment of those who …

What Is the Point Of a Challenge?

Life can be challenging. Sometimes simple demands of our daily lives are testing – having to complete a piece of work to a deadline while your boss keeps adding things to do; trying to make your child smile on a way to school even though someone will probably pick on her again; …