A Day At Long Island Aquarium

One of my/our favorite days of THE TRIP was visiting the butterflies and penguins (and other creatures) at Long Island Aquarium. Neil and I went years ago and we'd been looking forward to taking Isla (even before she was Isla). I honestly don't know who was more excited. Here are some photos from our day … Continue reading A Day At Long Island Aquarium

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name?

Hello! Picture it: A relaxed but working writer on her laptop in a coffeeshop.  Sipping coffee and eating a complicated but delicious sandwich.  Inspired by the coffee shop music of various conversations punctuated by random laughter and maybe some tears.  Inspired by her coffee and her complicated but delicious sandwich. Setting the scene out the … Continue reading Where Everybody Knows Your Name?

Of Balloons & Birthdays

'Happy Birthday, baby!' 'Go to sleep, Mummy.' 'Aren't you excited?' 'Sleeep, Mummy.' Isla crawled into bed between us, then well, went back to sleep. 'What time is it?' 'Five o'clock.' 'Well, shit.  G'night,' I said. Two hours later.  Stickers and balloons in bed. 'What, no penguins?' Isla asked.  'C'mon, guys!' Her favourite thing of the … Continue reading Of Balloons & Birthdays

Writing In The Wild

'I don't want to go.' 'Yes, you do.' 'What are you going to do for me in exchange for going out and speaking to people?' 'I'll fix your phone screen.' 'Good deal.  I prefer messaging to speaking.  Actually, I hate people.' 'No, you don't.' 'I don't.  But how bout reading?  Can I stay home and … Continue reading Writing In The Wild

These Are The Hands

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary.  If you've been following along you may know that Neil wasn't actually home for it, but he's back today.  And the house is happy again. Now.  I'm quite fond of complaining saying my husband is decidedly unromantic. Today, this happened. 12.30ish. 'Mumma, what are you doing?' 'I'm calling your father.  And … Continue reading These Are The Hands