Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Right or wrong?

This space didn’t start out as a place for me to bang on about my (admittedly wondrous) opinions on books or music or art but that’s what it seems to be turning into and I’m not best pleased about that. As much as I love all those things and as much as I love banging…

Better late than never

Last night as I was drifting off to sleep with a BBC documentary on beside me (bad sleep hygiene…I know, I know) I got an answer to a question I had asked many decades ago and now I’m not quite sure what to do with it. I had already looked the answer up in the…

Word of the day

In an effort to prompt blog post writing, on days when nothing is springing to mind, I have started using a random word generator (here). This was just the first one that came up on Duckduckgo‘s search (I am no longer using Startpage as it was sold to an adtech company last October and that…

Apologies and new realities.

I begin this post with an apology. I dismissed the lived experience of someone because sticking with my default opinions was easier (and ironically I had ended that post by claiming that I wouldn’t be doing the wrong thing just because it is easier…sigh). So I apologise to Virtual Brush Box for brushing off your…

They don’t like it…

I have tried to avoid simply ranting and raving on my blog. I prefer to take some time and think about the subjects that interest me, rather than just pour out a stream of consciousness which I suspect would really just be ramblings, but I have had something going around my brain for a couple…

Why other animals are better than humans.

Warning: This might become a long running series, although I might get stuck finding a way that wasps are better than humans, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Explanation: The title of this post is a little wordier than it needs to be. I could have just written ‘Why animals are better…

Living before dying

This isn’t supposed to be a morbid post, but it does talk about death so it might be worth avoiding if that’s a topic that pains you. When I think about my own death I try to make it about practicalities rather than wallowing in how dreadful it will be for the rest of the…

Experiment Update

About 6 months ago I decided to stop reading the news.  Up to that point I had been a frequent visitor to the BBC website and it had become a significant part of my morning routine. I made the decision to stop because having to read one-sided articles, about horrendous things I could do nothing…

A decision made

Warning: Significant swearing below… I try very hard to consider situations from as many different angles as possible.  I want to be able to see things from other people’s perspectives, in case I’m wrong and I’m about to learn something new, but also to ensure my opinions are fully considered and worked out before I…