The Shining*

“Seb,” I say.  “It’s eight o’clock.”  He grunts.  He’s asleep.   “Since it’s supper time,” I say, climbing over him, “I’m going to make an omelette.” Seb says “oh really,” with his eyes closed. I can do this, I think, wandering through to the kitchen.  Chopping up the mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli that we purchased […]

The Hound Of The Baskervilles*

“Darling I think we need to stop the car,” I say.  Seb is driving us to his Mum’s and there is a Rhodesian Ridgeback just wandering along the road: a gigantic orange hound with that black ridge along his spine. “His owner is probably just behind him,” Seb says. Looking down the road, there’s a […]

Tears Of The Giraffe*

“What time is it?” Seb says.   Turning to look at my watch, I say “it’s six fifty.  I’ve just woken up and am with my darling Seb. “I’d better get up and help my mum with moving some chairs,” he says. Oh good, I think.  He doesn’t want to go back to sleep.  I’m […]

The Girl On The Train*

Personal training with Katerina at 10.30am but still need to do all these things before setting off to see Seb at 1pm: 1.  Wash self. 2.  Wash hair. 3.  Remove furry bits. 4.  Clean lenses. 5.  Find and write birthday card for Seb. 6.  Prepare artichoke that need to eat before setting off. 7.  Unpack […]

Suspicion*

“Still no foil?”  Brother says, opening the oven. “No, sorry, forgot,” I say.  We have run out of aluminium foil and had forgotten all about this fact. Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki are warming up at Queens.  Brother is making a stir fry.   After supper, we start watching Hitchcock’s Suspicion.  Joan Fontaine – ‘Lina’ – […]

Devil In A Blue Dress*

Some nice things: 1.  Just had a lovely long cuddle with the fluffy monster.  My blue dress is now covered in orange fluff. 2.  Achieved scan. 3.  A floor-length rainbow-striped dress arrived in post.  It’s gorgeous. 4.  There is an artichoke waiting for me at the flat. 5.  Saw Lily today for the first time […]

Elephants Can Remember*

On the bus to my Office, I have a strong sense that I’ve forgotten something.  I’ve got my phone, so it’s not that.  Checking the date, it’s the 16th June and…argh…I realise that it’s my darling Seb’s birthday.  Today.  I’ve been so wrapped up in worry-about-his-exams – he has his last one today – that […]

Murder In Store*

“Look, there’s a Parsonage section,” I say to my colleague.  We’re in Marks and Spencer, or that’s what it says on the outside of the shop anyway.  Inside, it’s full of furniture and ornaments and decorative items: chairs, sofas, jewellery boxes, soft furnishings.   “What’s a parsonage?” She says. “It’s where a parson lives,” I […]

Race To Death*

Watching TT: Closer To The Edge.  It’s a documentary about the legendary motorcycling race on the Isle of Man, starring the irrepressible Guy Martin: the “John Wayne of motorcycling”, says one contributor.  Wow, the Isle of Man looks beautiful.  The race itself is completely mental: an average of five deaths for every mile, 246 deaths […]