Poetry

Ode to the hazelnut cream pastry

I will never be too thin because I will always say yes to a hazelnut cream pastry. The crispy flakes cracking between my teeth and ...
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How to walk mindfully in nature

Smash an icy puddle with the heel of your boot and watch the way it cracks. Tread carefully over frosted grass and listen to the ...
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Capsule wardrobe

I like to dress in light beige and cream clothes because it makes me feel like I’m a pot of clotted cream or perhaps whipped ...
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Birthday bunting

We pull the crumpled birthday bunting from the plastic bag drawer and stand on wobbly chairs to tape it up in the sitting room. A ...
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We had a blackout

We had a blackout. The birds were still flying in flocks and singing their song. We had a blackout. The sun continued to rise, streaking ...
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Small ideas for living that have a surprisingly big impact

Shower those around you with love. Choose peace over aggression. Be patient. Give as freely as you can. Know and honour your limits. Enjoy the ...
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After dinner

After dinner         I scoop all the uneaten food onto one plate and stack the remaining plates in a wobbly plate-tower to carry ...
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Food memories from my travels around India and Thailand

Splitting open a freshly-picked cashew apple from a tree in Kerala and eating the raw cashew from inside it. Scooping up soft steamed idli and ...
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Tea ceremony

Some years ago, I went for a cup of tea in east London. The street was shabby but the shop was beautiful: minimal, airy, a ...
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Patience

You can feel the fury rise when someone jumps a queue or pulls out in their car even though it’s your right of way. You ...
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On writing and motherhood

I long for the day when I can rise with the sun - in both summertime and winter - and write my dreams and thoughts ...
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Random acts of kindness

Make a cup of tea for someone who isn’t expecting it. Tell a friend what you love about them. If you spot a beautiful garden, ...
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How to soften your January

Warm your pyjamas on the radiator. Be naked under a fluffy dressing gown. Run the bath water until it’s really deep and as hot as ...
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Dreaming

I dream of a night in a fancy hotel with thick stone walls and the plumpest pillows and a bed so big I can stretch ...
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fashion

How to get dressed

Take care when choosing your socks, they’re cuddling your feet all day long. And if you feel inclined, do match them with the outfit; it ...
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Gratitude

Pulling off my socks and slipping naked feet into fur-lined slippers. A blast of cold air when I head out for my morning run. Children ...
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What you want, when you want

As a teen, I was sent to a therapist because I wasn’t eating enough. I was getting too thin. But I didn’t have much to ...
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Who am I?

People will make assumptions about who you are and what you do based on the briefest of exchanges. But these assumptions don't determine who you ...
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