Not Quite Dead Enough*

3.30pm.  The sun is low in the sky.  It’s stopped raining at last and we’re on our bikes.  The Wild is full of hazards: wet leaves to slip on; branches strewn across our path; the threat of sunset.  And yet it’s beautiful, this November day.  The leaves that still cling to the trees are green, […]

The Silence Of The Rain*

Seb has left, taking the sunshine with him. Now the sky is grey, with heavy rain. At the bus stop this morning, all the other girls were wearing tights and boots already. Am resisting winter clothes for as long as possible. Due to the hot flushes, I break out in sweat often. So, even as […]

Piercing*

Sitting in a cafe with Seb, consuming porridge and coffee.  Seb is reading The Times.   After a quick romp through Times 2, decide that writing a blog is a better use of my limited mental energy. At 12.30pm – in thirty minutes – we are going to get my ears pierced.  Let’s hope that […]

The Cat Who Went Up The Creek*

“Meow meow meow,” I hear as I wake up from my afternoon sleep.  The whimpering sound is coming from the garden.  It’s raining out there. Pulling some shorts on, hauling myself through to the lounge, I see Dad dozing in his chair. “Dad, have you seen the fluffy monster,” I say.  “I can hear him […]

Do You Remember The First Time?

“Hey Tanya,” the What’s App message scrolls across my screen. It’s from a number that isn’t stored. “Who is this? Sorry I drowned my phone and lost my contacts,” I reply. “It’s Jarvis. Berlin dweller. Fan of your muscles,” he replies. Jarvis! You may remember him from an earlier post named This Is Hardcore. Met […]

Taken At The Flood

Rain falls out of a dull, grey, featureless sky. Autumn has arrived. For the first time in months, I’m wearing trousers and proper shoes rather than a sundress and fit-flops. My black-and-silver-star-hologram toes are covered up. My mood is dropping. In an attempt to foil it, I’ve raised the dose of my anti-depressant. Theoretically, increasing […]