Other Animals

December spun round, with log fires, crafting and cooking gifts, with visits to family and friends. The long dark hours of the early winter always allow for plenty of reading time as well though, especially during those precious, quiet days between the revelries of Christmas and the New Year. I mixed fiction and fact with … More Other Animals

48 hours in Wales

Mountains have featured prominently in my reading diet recently. Simon Ingram’s Between the Sunset and the Sea and Jeremy Ashcroft’s Britain’s Highest Mountain Walks have both been off the bookshelf more than on, talks and dreams of higher places filling our small town house rooms. Ever more I realise how little we know of the country in which we … More 48 hours in Wales

Autumn inside and out

Reaching the last days of October and Autumn’s grip is keenly felt now. Doors and windows have been left unopened in order to keep out chill winds. Blankets and layers of clothes carefully tucked into each other have been used to prevent the inevitable onset of central heating season. Protected against the elements, I’ve been … More Autumn inside and out

watership down

I’ve been up and down the A34, north and south between Winchester and Newbury, all my life. It’s the road to take when you want to head west, and I always want to head west! Little did I know that for all that time, I had been travelling past a fixture of my early years, Watership … More watership down

world book day

I think my love of reading and books was a big part of my decision to train to be a primary teacher, so an entire day revelling in costumes, characters, pictures and print is always a highlight of the school year. My fellow Year 1 teacher and I decided on ‘The Worst Witch’ by the … More world book day