Friday, January 31, 2014

Deja vu

The month ends just as it began, wet, dark and depressing but even colder. Huddling indoors with a book seems the only sensible option.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


The soundtrack to my life is contained in this playlist. I listen on shuffle, sometimes stopping to remember or sing along.

Catching up

A disappointing meal, but lots of chat and some happy news have an energising effect better than any drug.


Golden hues of butternut squash, carrot and sweet potato combine to bring sunshine to a dull, dark day.

Physical reaction

The wind is biting cold and as always my legs refuse to work as well as they should, alternating between painful stiffness and wobbly weakness.


He is distressed by the discomfort of a loose tooth. Instead of peeling the carrot he lifts it to his mouth and pokes at the offending molar.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wet Saturday afternoon

The steadily increasing rain has sent shoppers scuttling to the coffee shop, which is humming with activity. Lack of seats influences a decision to head for the bus-stop instead.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I sneak out of the house without make-up and walk in the opposite direction to the shops, hoping not to meet anyone I know.

Goal achieved

To achieve a walking goal brings a glow of satisfaction along with numb toes.

Sneaking more in

The charity shop yields two more books I would like to read - I hide them in the shelf space cleared by my last book declutter.

Vegetable box

The outer cardboard is damp and the recipe cards squashed inside are moulded around a bag of water-soaked curly green leaves.

Red light

Temporary traffic lights on the hill result in a queue of impatient drivers snaking down the hill and coiling around the roundabout.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Food shopping

Lively music playing in the background transports shoppers to a land between East and West, as they peruse the eclectic mix of foodstuffs amid chatter and bustle on an otherwise languid Sunday.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


The bus driver waits unexpectedly as I hobble as fast as I can towards the stop. I thank him as I press my pass onto the machine.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Delivery complete

We enjoy the feeling of satisfaction when all the ordered groceries arrive and our weekend meal plans will not be disrupted.


The black and silver yarn twinkles in the box of oddments. It screams scarf and I can't resist.


Awaiting a call leaves me anxious and distracted.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


The space has been rearranged but the books look elderly and neglected, in need of some loving care.

Monday, January 13, 2014


A charity shop bargain CD reminds me yet again that the language of French songs so often seems to have more depth than their English translations. I allow myself to be swept away by the emotion.

Shopping for delicacies

Two tiny dogs jump with excitement by the pavement fruit and veg stall. The young man juggles their leads and tries to attract the shopkeeper's attention, wanting to buy a pomegranate without entering the shop with the animals.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Soup maker

The shiny kitchen gadget on show in the shop is bigger and heavier than I expected or could handle. I feel relieved that I'd not used mail order and am no longer tempted to buy it.

Postal error

The lady behind the counter smiles as I attempt to send the package for a second time with an explanation of what had gone wrong.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Water once again

The glug, glug, glug sound of the washing machine as water enters into pipes air-locked by yesterday's temporary loss of the mains supply, is followed by a reassuring gush.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


The toothless old lady sits in the coffee shop with a companion, who reads a newspaper in silence. She appears to listen to our conversation, from time to time grimacing or chuckling out loud in a rather disconcerting manner.

Christmas temptation

The rapidly emptying box of chocolates calls to me every time I walk past.

Monday, January 6, 2014


The house embodies the feelings inside me.

Nocturnal visitor

In the darkness a sound from the depths of the garden - a strangled yelping but not quite a dog's bark. Switching on another light indoors makes the sound go away.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Coffee shop customer

Waiting alone at a table, he breaks occasionally into stereotypical movements of the arms to accompany his piercing gaze.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Forbidden fruit

The elegant chocolate box lies open, inviting exploration. The creamy taste of the sugared sphere explodes in the mouth, inevitably leading to further temptation.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Charity shop

A musty smell assaults the senses on crossing the threshold and there are no hidden diamonds, despite the rainbow colours of sari silk.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New year blues

Yet again the curtains are drawn to block out the howling wind and teeming rain, the Christmas tree twinkles in the corner. A new year has begun in exactly the same manner that the old finished.