Sluggardly ways

I had the pleasure of taking my mother on a real shopping trip yesterday, and it was during this excursion that I realised our takeaways from ‘Life in the Age of Corona’ – a screenplay unlikely to make it to the small screen because no-one will want to see it – are very, very different….

Don’t flip the lily pad

Annually I am gifted the opportunity to join with yoga teachers from around the country – internationally even – in a pleasingly flexible ‘huddle’. We up-skill, support and just generally enjoy a weekend of good yogic banter. Two years ago we would have all descended on the Somerset workshop where we initially trained, but since…

Monkeying around

The primate community has hit the headlines positively over the last few weeks; I think we have things to learn from this monkeying around. Firstly I read that a Zambian chimp called Julie has started a trend in her primate community by swanking around with a long blade of grass dangling from her ear for…

Covid Keeps

I am loving the opportunity to meet up with my friends again. During Lockdown I, II and III, I kept in VERY good touch with friends who like running (indeed, these friends kept me from going quietly insane – you know who you are; thank you), but I have had to face the fact that…

Let’s crack Easter

At the crack of dawn this morning, I am skittishly excited to lay an Easter Egg hunt for Favourite Man (FM). I can hear our neighbour’s children squealing with delight as they get stuck in to their own pre-breakfast chocolate fest. It then hits me that my Easter etiquette – fashioned from my own Easter…

Canvassing for adventure

I have written before that my first night under canvas was spent not in a back garden or some British coastal camping site furnished with communal bar and toilets, but in a very, very remote part of Kenya. ‘Go big or go home’ was the challenge to my languishing Dora the Explorer. My first experience…

A pain in the neck

There is a lot of looking backwards going on right now. No doubt we feel a little nervous about blue-sky projecting as goal posts beyond our control keep shifting. It is easier to be an expert on the past than it is to predict the future and it is also a year since we went…

People Watching

I am a very nosey person. Fact. I have never been able to help myself earwigging in on strangers’ conversations and being far too inquisitive about other people’s lives. This week I feel I have excelled – even by my own high standards of shoving my ample nose wherever it is not needed; I have…

Age old advice

Mum had another health scare last week, but thankfully performs another Lazarus, laughing that at least this latest episode furnishes her with a day trip to the hospital and gifts me a legitimate reason to go and visit. ( I am bubbled Boris, honestly). Admittedly my mother has been a bit gung-ho since getting her…

An outside introvert

I attended a course for introvert yoga teachers last week. I know, it sounds like an oxymoron – for surely you need to be extrovert to stand up/lie down in front of a class? The truth is that most teachers are actually quite shy regardless what they teach. Most yoga teachers I know, start their…