Beautiful dahlia photo by Annie Spratt.

Being open to love.

As I’ve recently mentioned (in a pretend-casual kind of way) in other posts, I’ve been dating someone. I’m biting my tongue not to share more about it, but it’s in that awkward early stage, where you’re not quite sure whether … Read More

Beautifully fragranced tea lights from Essence & Alchemy

Essence + Alchemy candles.

When we’re not all soaking wet under damp grey skies, Autumn and Winter bring so many joys. I love kicking my way through piles of rust coloured leaves, an allotment pumpkin harvest, Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes Night. Then as Winter … Read More


Letting go of my birth story guilt.

Yesterday was a strange anniversary for me. It was my daughter’s birthday.  A time of huge celebration, obviously. But the anniversary of one of the hardest days of my life. A few days before my daughter was born, I was … Read More

Margot and Barbara blog. A return to old blogging.

Returning to an old way of blogging.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might have noticed something of an accidental shift in subject matter. In my head, Wednesdays have become ‘Over-Sharing Wednesdays’ … When I first started writing my blog, roughly five years … Read More

Why my whole life isn’t a mess.

So, here’s today’s truth. I feel good. Really, properly good. Grinning like the Cheshire Cat good. Not much has changed, in the grand scheme of things. But yet everything has … I’ll try to explain. Throughout the recent few months, … Read More

Margot and Barbara blog: self portrait

Rethinking forty.

I shall be forty in June. You know this already, of course, because I’ve been rattling on about turning forty, since I turned–ooh, I don’t know–about thirty-five. And I talk about forty as though it is ninety. OHMYGODFORTY. Like that. … Read More

These women…

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