The Migration

The wind gathers and pulls at my tattered skirts as I turn my face into the December rain. I hate this weather but it’s as familiar to me as these heather-strewn hills. I am of this place. Across the lake, a gaggle of Canadian geese suddenly take flight, their rapturous cackle drowning out the soft […]

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A Winter’s Tale

The winter always seems to remind me of my age and this year, I’m feeling it more than usual. My tired bones ache in new ways and there is a heaviness to my body that I’m not familiar with. Just fourteen weeks after the birth of my third son, I know with some certainty that […]

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Autumn Leaves

“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.”   – Dodinsky Autumn, with all its glorious colours and earthy scents, always brings me closer to my own sense of mortality. In the beauty of the […]

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The Waiting Game

I’ve been letter-box watching for weeks, waiting eagerly for a new passport that doesn’t seem to want to arrive. Not an Irish passport as you might expect (that’ll come later!) but a shiny new UK passport, still flying the EU flag (although perhaps not for much longer). It’s not that I’m desperate to get my […]

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The Coincidental Gift

Do you believe in coincidences? Four months ago, not long after we returned from our elopement to Cornwall, we were very kindly gifted a small ornament as a belated wedding present. The gift was actually one that my friend had kept for some time, after apparently making a spontaneous and rather random purchase many months […]

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Gathering Trinkets

One thing I don’t think we fully appreciate about life, is our social impact – the imprint that we leave on another beings soul…  the story that they carry forward beyond that final meeting. We tend to assume that to be significant to a person, we need to play a constant role in their life […]

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