All I want for Christmas is Yule



I got hair straighteners.

And terracotta pots with herb seeds and flower bulbs to grow.

And a day at a Thai restaurant learning how to be a Thai chef!

It’s nice to get gifts isn’t it? If you were gift-lacking today then I promise you can borrow my straighteners, sample some of my herbs or come round for a Thai feast!

Sharing the love,



Partridge in a big pear tree

A capella singing, Christmas

Someone showed me this last night – Not everyone likes barbershop-style singing but this is note perfect, is funny and has a Christmas theme. Enjoy!

p.s. If anyone can tell me the original title/artist of the song they finish up with, I’d be most grateful.

Paperback writer

Christmas, poetry


Yesterday I got a letter from myself. About a month ago I’d been on a writing course in the Lake District and we were asked to write down our goals for our writing and seal them in a self-addressed envelope. This envelope would then be posted a month later.

This is what I wrote to myself.

…I want you to start writing properly – and blocking in time for writing. If you’re buying an iMac you need to make the most of it.

I’d like you to start writing the following:

  • a short story
  • structure and initial chapter for your first novel
  • poems – 2
  • a song

I’d like you to have finished these tasks by 31 December 2008.

Ambitious/idealistic as always. BUT – the amazing thing is that I am already on the way to completing my goals by the deadline. I’ve bought my iMac and I’ve already structured my novel and run the plot past a couple of people I know.

Anyway, this poem ISN’T one of the two I need to write – it’s an older one I wrote in December 2004 for my small group. But I’ve revised it and really like it myself and thought you might like to read it. (Click on it if it’s too small to read comfortably)

Christmas Poem

If you like my writing, please (1) comment on it and (2) ask me whether I’m meeting these goals. I really want to improve!