Monthly Archives: November 2011


Driving down from Aberdeen today (where I was visiting lovely nephew), I got irritated at the discussion on Woman’s Hour and switched over to Radio 2 at just the point that Ken Bruce was introducing Frankie Miller’s version of Caledonia. … Continue reading

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Books that changed my life (1): The Paradox of Choice

Much as I have always been an avid reader, most books pretty much wash over me.  Maybe I have an emotional reaction in the moment – I cried buckets over The Book Thief the other night – but not much … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo win!

I just finished NaNoWriMo this afternoon, so I’m quite chuffed. For anyone who doesn’t know, the NaNoWriMo challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.  Different people have different approaches to this.  Some people plan … Continue reading

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Stirling Castle

As promised, a few more photos from our trip to Stirling Castle the other weekend. The entire purpose of this trip was to feel that we’d justified our Historic Scotland membership, which we bought with some Christmas money last year. … Continue reading

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An autumnal view

Taken the weekend before last, looking from Stirling Castle to the Wallace Monument. More about our visit to follow – I’m only just getting round to sorting out the photos.

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There’s nothing like a casserole for feeling organised

I thought that I was managing the addition of NaNoWriMo to my life quite well until I realised that I was enormously behind with the laundry and we’d been scratching together entirely random meals for the last two weeks (it … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Way week 11 / on bad art

I can’t believe that the Artist’s Way is nearly done!  It has been such a big part of my life for the last 3 months. The bit in this week’s chapter that I really need to remember (it was a … Continue reading

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Got next to nothing done on NaNoWriMo for the last two days…

… but it was all for a good cause!  Lovely nephew is a little bigger and still lovely. He seemed to survive being babysat by his aunt and uncle for a wee while.

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I freaking love collage. Can I do collage every week?

Last week, I had a breakthrough in art class: I actually enjoyed it.  For the first time I didn’t just feel terribly at sea. The subject last week was paint manipulation and I had a load of fun acting like … Continue reading

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My seven wonders

I’ve been over on Mama Kat’s writer’s workshop again and this week one of the prompts is “List your life’s Seven Wonders. Describe the most amazing 7 things you’ve seen with your own two eyes.” I’m sure that you could … Continue reading

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