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What sort of writer are you?

Too good not to share!

I’m probably a mix of a little Space Cadet and a lot of Weird Recluse!


Currently Reading / Listening to…

I normally have about three books on the go simultaneously: one on paper, one ebook to read in bed without disturbing Mrs P, and one audio book to listen to on the way to and from work. 

So my current books are:

Baby’s First Food

Baby Daisy’s first home cooked food!

The Book Lover's Kitchen

20140119-133237.jpg It may not look much but this is a very important meal.

This (slightly overcooked, hence the collapse!) baked apple is Daisy Piper’s first home-cooked food!

I’m not counting the carrots she tried last week because she didn’t eat or like them; and whilst she did eat sprouts, I don’t class boiling a vegetable as cooking! This is proper cooking: cored apple, stuffed with dried fruit and sugar and butter to make a caramel-ish sauce to pour over (my part, not Daisy’s: we shared!)

So currently as I blog I have a sated slightly sticky and appley baby sat on my tummy digesting her first home cooked pud.

She ate my cooking with less fuss than her teenage brother!


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Dear Daisy

My highlight of 2013.

There can be no comparison at all! The birth of my beautiful healthy cheeky baby girl six months ago!

The Book Lover's Baby

Dear Daisy,

I don’t know at what point babies memories become recorded. I don’t really know what my youngest memory is: vague impressions of my grandmother’s – your great grandmother’s – farm perhaps; cooking with my mum for Sunday roasts – my job was to make the gravy and I still make a damn good gravy; Saturday visits to my other grandmother in a pristine house who always had a bowl of Mars Bars and chocolates available. The rhythm of the shipping forecast on Radio 4. Orange juice with sugar in it – seriously, why? Dogs and cats!

However, I figure that you will probably stumble across my blog at some point, Daisy, so this is a little letter to the future for you.

These are the impressions and the feelings that I hope are embedded deep inside you from your first few hours.

You are so loved.

As I…

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365 days in my shoes Day 289

high heels and high notes


Words we no longer use.

Are there any words you still use that you don’t often hear used by anyone else?

Snoutfair: A person with a handsome countenance — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

Pussyvan: A flurry, temper — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk


Wonder-wench: A sweetheart — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

Lunting: Walking while smoking a pipe — John Mactaggart’s “Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia,” 1824


Groak: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them –

Jirble: To pour out (a liquid) with an unsteady hand: as, he jirbles out a dram —


Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water — John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

Spermologer: A…

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