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Happy New Year! Or is that old already!? Doesn’t matter, I still wish you it. I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday and managed to spend some quality time with loved ones as that’s what it’s all about even though my entire family except Ayla thankfully, came down with this god awful bug doing it’s rounds, we were all ill within loving company! probably how it passed through to each other. As you can see. I’m not a regular blogger, I find it impossible to find the time to keep it up the way I did before Ayla came along,

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CURRENT READS

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald  & We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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CURRENT READ: THIRST BY KERRY HUDSON

published by Chatto & Windus

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PLANS & HOPES & ALL THAT’S IN BETWEEN

I disappeared again. Did you notice? Of course not! why in the world would you, you have your own lives to live! And just like you….possibly, I’ve been working hard trying to raise a citizen of the earth, and hopefully getting it right! I’ve done a little writing here and there, but mainly trying to focus on my little ones early years! She’s eighteen months old by the way! yup! I’ve been focusing on trying to make sure my little one has as much autonomy as possible and the confidence to have trust in herself as I am convinced these

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A POEM WRITTEN BY ZEHRA MUSTAFA AT 22 REMEMBERED 7 YEARS LATER ON THE NIGHT OF THE HONEY MOON

I was sitting here at my desk, window stretched open to its widest yawn, watching the trees on the horizon for the tiniest movement in the hope of the ghost of a breeze, but tonight, the night of the Honey Moon, there isn’t one. As I set about to get on with some work (that novel) the damnedest thing happened, I remembered a poem I wrote a long time ago. A pledge in a way, to write. I suppose my inability, be it a tired brain, shattered body but happy heart all owing to my sixteen month old, yes, sixteen

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GUEST POST – SALLY DAYBY JOHANNA HARNESS

As you may remember, I recently reviewed Johanna Harness’s début novel Spillworthy, it was a beautiful story, one in which a number of children have missing guardians/ loved ones in their lives and how each child  is desperately seeking that missing love. Sometimes it takes a certain incident or a chain of events to realise what you thought was missing, was in fact there all along. That’s enough from me, I’ll hand you over to the wonderful Johanna, who has a very special something to say about the importance of nurture and and the simple act of thankfulness. The Space

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REVIEW- THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING BY OLIVIA LAING

Literature | Review The Trip To Echo Spring by Olivia Laing                                                                 If you loved Laing’s first book To The River, you shan’t be disappointed by her latest masterpiece which graced the shelves last year. To The River was hypnotic in nature whereas Echo Spring swallows you whole and pulls you along Laing’s journey into the lives of six of the greatest American writers that lived; Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams,

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REVIEW- SPILLWORTHY BY JOHANNA HARNESS

Literature | Review Spillworthy by Johanna Harness If you are a writer and own a twitter account, you’re bound to have heard of her, if not of Harness herself, you are likely to have had some form of knowledge or contact with the #amwriting hashtag. Like a robin leading the dawn chorus, you will hear Harness’s short burst of song beginning with “4:50 am here in #idaho and I #amwriting” which is usually followed by “Are you writing? The #amwriting community welcomes you.” Harness, a former teacher; home schooler, workshop leader and sheep herder , lives in beautiful rural Idaho

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THIS EARTH WAS MADE FOR TRAMPLING

“I must warn you, I’m not wearing a coat!” the husband cautioned me on Sunday morning as we prepared to leave the house and make our way to Mudchute farm. Having been raised in the North, he is of the ” you think this is cold!?” attitude and wears inappropriately little in cold weather. “Neither am I,” I replied, having flung all the windows open wide that morning. I bellow out “Sunshine! sunshine!” and woosh open the curtains with greater haste than usual whilst the husband walks through rooms without opening curtains. I’m someone who literally runs full steam ahead

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OH SPRING! SPRING-ISH

What a day! How dizzying and utterly uplifting the sun can be!  Just its very prresence fed the spring in my step as the toddler & I took our morning jaunt. Her new understanding is “tree” with great excitement- we touch the tree and crane our necks upwards following its branches to the sky,  to the most gorgeous blue sky,  if only I could truly describe the excitement on her face, if only! 

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