Weekend Wandering

Some people love planning their life. Mostly, I really don’t. OK, I’ll admit I love planning holidays: cosying up on the couch with my laptop and two or three weeks of a clean slate waiting to be filled with pure adventure. I throw myself into researching the destination; finding out about quirky restaurants and bars and…

Autumn

As a kid, I loved the seasons: the long, light nights of the summer; the freshness of dewy, spring mornings; the crackle and crunch of autumn leaves and the icy sparkle of winter. We’d collect leaves in the autumn and make Halloween books with poems and stories and onomatopoeia and tinfoil ghosts. We’d pick brambles and…

Coffee I Have Known and Loved

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”* – Brokeback Mountain Before I write anything else, it’s probably best to just be up front with you and admit that I’m a coffee addict. There, I’ve said it. It’s out there. I don’t mean ‘addict’ in some kind of light-hearted, hyperbolic way. No. I’m a serious coffee addict. It is…

“Some of us are looking at the stars.”

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde   There’s no getting away from the fact that Glasgow has a reputation. In fact it has many reputations: an amazing music scene, vicious football rivalry, friendly citizens, hey, even knife crime! It is often (incorrectly) credited…

TREAT YOURSELF! (Trick yourself.)

Since I was kindly (insultingly?) gifted a Fitbit for Christmas I have spent the best part of 2016 chasing at least 10,000 steps a day. Generally speaking I achieve that by going for a walk or, drum roll and Olympic medal please, attempting something more sweaty like tennis or running. However, occasionally life throws apathy, buttery…