A Poem for National Poetry Day

Not one of my own but a favourite I have not shared before: The Garden by Moonlight BY AMY LOWELL A black cat among roses,  Phlox, lilac-misted under a first-quarter moon,  The sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock.  The garden is very still, It is dazed with moonlight,  Contented with perfume,  Dreaming the opium dreams … Continue reading A Poem for National Poetry Day

Walking the Day Away

As the sun came out I decided that Alban Elfed would be a good day to go for my first walk in the woods since Marmite died. It was a little bitter sweet but I definitely needed the fresh air and to see the start of the changing of the season for myself. Now for … Continue reading Walking the Day Away

Thank You, David: One ugly woman’s message to David Starkey

A most excellent response to David Starkey’s appalling comments about ugly female historians:

F Yeah History

This week historian David Starkey, was quoted as saying: ‘

The only chance I have of being on TV again is if I were very ugly. I think only old, ugly women can get on TV. Like Mary Beard,

What a delight!

But it may come as a surprise to many (who have probably heard a few of my feminist rants or seen me light up your tellybox briefly, championing the women’s suffrage movement) to hear that I owe David Starkey, historian and broadcaster, a great debt.

He has been my teacher for many a year, and in the last couple of days I’ve found out that I keep learning valuable lessons from him.

So where to begin? We might as well start with a thirteen-year-old girl, who loved history, and had grown out of Horrible Histories. I found Starkey’s biography on Elizabeth I on a bookshelf…

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Farewell, Faithful Friend

Marmite, most beloved of hounds, has taken her last walk. She has been with me, faithful and true, for 13 yrs 7 months and I will miss her more than words can say. You were the best dog a girl could be blessed with, darling one, and you will live in my heart forever.  

Today is National Writing Day

and funnily enough I'm celebrating by writing! Although I'm currently working on a first draft of an Arthurian themed novel that's been bouncing around in my head for years and now has decided its time has come I have also written something else today which I wanted to share. This poem is only on the … Continue reading Today is National Writing Day

Dobby is a Free Elf!

Or rather Carillion has made me redundant, so I am now a free human. I will miss my boss and colleagues terribly as not only were they great to work with but they believed in me at a time when I didn’t believe in myself and their confidence enabled me to find my self-confidence and … Continue reading Dobby is a Free Elf!

I still aten’t dead …

But the last eight months have been more exhausting than the previous two years and although the end is now near (there has to be a limit on how long employees can remain employed by an insolvent company) I still do not know exactly when it will be. Which means - since this level of … Continue reading I still aten’t dead …

Today is a Very Magical Day indeed …

Magical because it’s the first of September. Very Magical because it's 1st September 2017 and thus the day on which the epilogue of the the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, is set. This means that my thoughts started off, this morning, at Kings Cross Platform 9 & 3/4 and are currently slowly … Continue reading Today is a Very Magical Day indeed …

Kizzia Quarterly Volume 2 – April to June 2017

I’m not going to talk much about the last quarter in this post. In fact I’m not going to talk much at all because with everything that’s going on at work and all the other things I’m trying to do at home, I’m pretty much terminally exhausted. So I’m giving you some pictures instead, of … Continue reading Kizzia Quarterly Volume 2 – April to June 2017