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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

Beautiful home grown apples

Renewing my allotment vows.

  Just over a year ago, I dug up four apple trees, put them into a Nissan Micra and drove them across Leeds. I’m not sure I recommend it–the lack of visibility when driving with four small trees in your … Read More

These women…

Although it’s been away from our screens for a few years now, I still love The West Wing very much. One of the main reasons why is the brilliantly written women characters. The women of The West Wing are real. … Read More

Pretty pink tulips in Amsterdam

Falling in love with Amsterdam

Last weekend, I fell in love with Amsterdam. It’s so much more than I expected it to be. If you think of Amsterdam, what comes to mind first? Canals, perhaps? Tulips? Anne Frank’s house? Or perhaps you think of red … Read More

Sometimes it hurts.

It was listening to ‘our’ song on the radio last week that made me realise that I wasn’t quite finishing grieving the end of my last relationship. I’ve been doing really well most of the time. Being positive, moving forward, … Read More

Learning how to be single.

Until this summer, I haven’t been single since I was fourteen. My first teenage relationship lasted three years, until I went to college. After that, I lurched haphazardly from one bad decision to another in a series of short flings … Read More

Beautiful autumn flower bouquet

Appleyard Flowers.

I’m delighted to share photos of these beautiful Autumn-hued flowers with you today, courtesy of Appleyard London. When they got in touch to ask if I’d like to review some flowers as they begin to send flowers for Grandparents’ Day … Read More

How to grow gooseberries

Grow & Eat: Gooseberries

It’s the latest in my occasional series, Grow & Eat. Today it’s the turn of that rather maligned fruit, the gooseberry. Grow: You might think that I’m rather late to be talking about gooseberries. On the contrary, from the late … Read More

How to get tomatoes to ripen

Grow & Eat: Tomatoes

In today’s instalment of my Grow and Eat series, I’m really excited to have a guest blogger – Stephanie from ‘Life at 139a’ is here to talk about tomatoes! Stephanie is a blogger who lives in South London and has … Read More

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