Ten years

Ten years ago today Sarah and I got up worried and early to begin one of the longest days of our lives. We travelled to the Royal Hospital here in Liverpool, to the Rapid Diagnosis Clinic, to find out what we found out. And ten years later part of me finds it hard to travel […]

The “Missing Years” and the importance of sea kayaking

Those of you who remember and treasure the post on here where Sarah, the expert shopper, began¬†gathering her kayaking kit, will rejoice in the opening statements in what follows about ‘my kayaking needs.’ Yes, she’s still shopping. But there still isn’t a pointy boat hanging up in our hallway. Not yet anyway. But do read […]

I remember you: For Rachel

Today a very personal post from my partner Sarah about her best friend Rachel, who died three years ago. When Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago now, she fairly soon wanted to find her sisters. Other women who’d shared some of her experiences and ‘been in some of the same rooms’ as […]

Real Bread Matters

Yes, this is a post about bread and why it matters. But first a bit of background about bread and me. You’d kind of expect that wouldn’t you, being my blog and all? Come late summertime four years ago I was almost completely knackered. Three years of being Sarah’s principal carer as we both worried […]

Why I write

Earlier this week, in late March 2019, I went to listen to Ian Rankin talking at Liverpool Hope University. He’s one of my favourite novelists and I was interested to hear him talking about why and how he writes with the students there. It also reminded me of this article on why I write this […]