It’s supposed to be a really important meal, but many breakfast cereals are higher than is good for us in salt and sugar – unless you are a gloop porridge eater of course, and even then you would have to be one who doesn’t add their own sugar or treacle or salt or (whispers) nutella. My […]


It’s the month for setting yourself ridiculous challenges. The most famous of all of these is probably National Novel Writing Month, which started in the San Francisco Bay area. The first one took place in July 1999 with 21 participants, but it has since moved to November each year and become (as they say) an […]


Last week I went to Glasgow. The excuse was that my Mum wanted to buy new supersoft and incredibly posh pastels for her latest art project and the only stockist of these delights is on the other side of the country. I have to say that as a knitter, I completely understand the stash potential […]


How many of us think that we achieve little? That our crafts and skills are of little value, just a distraction from the daily grind? I know I feel this. When I moved the blog to wordpress yesterday, I realised that some of the photos on older posts didn’t transfer properly, the .xml export file is […]


Most of the time, I love my Midori Traveler’s Notebook. It’s two years old now, and has the scratches and patina to match. But like most stationery addicts I’m always on the lookout for the next tweak, and in my case, I wanted to try downsizing to a more carry-friendly size.   A while back I […]


On Saturday mornings (when I should really be in training for the Cardiff Half Marathon and pounding the Cramond Park Run) I go to my writing group. I don’t feel too guilty because it’s only for six weeks. Each week we take it in turns to present a piece of work for peer review, and […]