The Mid Summer Fire

June contains a great turning pointing in the year as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, pauses there for a moment on June 21st and then begins the descent back towards Autumn and Winter. The date was marked by our farming ancestors as a date to remember that all would turn again…

Reading Matters: You, A Bike and A Road by Eleanor Davis

    Looking out from my desk at work through the long gallery of windows that line my side office –  I  find myself watching the wind catch the tops of the tree branches and how they exalt in the wind’s embrace.  And it stirs my soul: deep and powerful.  It’s the call of the…

Reading Matters: Just Kids Patti Smith

Just Kids – Patti Smith “When you hit a wall, just kick it in” O Patti  – you are the opposite of me and the sum total of who I could have been had I but dared to venture.  Watching you live your life with passion and intent,  tracking the path it takes you  –…

Orange and Pistachio Cupcakes

Orange and Pistachio Cupcakes! With a light satisfying texture and delicate orange, raspberry and pistachio flavour: these cupcakes have a distinctly exotic, North African flavour and are very easy to make. This recipe makes 6 buns. Ingredients Set oven to 170C 1 large or 2 small eggs 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter Zest and…

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

“Life changes in the instant.  The ordinary instant” Joan Didion This book  “A Life of My Own” is a class act written by a very classy lady who has lead an extraordinary life built on the very ordinariness of life and I loved it. Slightly dull in the beginning with some early scene setting, the…

A Woman Submerged

A Woman Submerged So, for me, this very beautiful wall art (created by Sean Yoro and preserved somewhere in a bay East of Canada) sums up my real time experience of adoption. Not waving but drowning.  Not drowning but waving. Ahead then below. Below then ahead.  Submerged then free – ecstatically free – then back….

Chicken Harissa

And this recipe for chicken harissa is one of those things! Easy to prepare but here’s the thing – it has a high satiety content  – such that when the dish was finished all at the table felt full and continued to feel full from the time we finished eating (5pm) until we went to bed…

5 Books to Read in September

Book Stack time and yes, I did jump the gun a little by reading 99 Stories of God in August but I couldn’t wait and as I wrote last week, it proved to be the perfect holiday read  – it just tickles me,  see below. Ha!  And its all like that  – short , pithy,…

One for the Summer Sun

99 Stories of God This book is a collection of exquisite, tiny masterpieces and is perfect for holiday reading.  I loved it. Hard to define, the book is a collection of vignettes- every day life moments – at times darkly ironic at times deeply familiar – exploring our pre-occupation with and relationship to God but in the most…

The Invitation

The invitation sits in my in box. I think its spam but when I open it she asks me to meet on Friday. The last time we met I asked her to stop keeping me a secret. A Dirty Little Secret.  O Kate, mum says to me gently, why do you use those words? Because…

Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Another vibrant healthy tea, quick to prepare and delicious with crisp green salad and a tart vinaigrette 😉 Ingredients (Serves 4 – prep time: 10 mins, cooking time: 25 mins) 2 packs of boneless skinless chicken thighs Juice of 1 large lemon 2 tsp paprika 1 inch chopped piece of fresh ginger 3 cloves of…

Adoption and the Fish Ladder

My sometime favourite piece of advice  in life reads something like: “This Life is a journey – you will take two steps forward and one step back – what ever you do , don’t give up or rather –  I have handled everything that has come my way so far and I will handle this…