Ode to A Spirit

The passion of your heart, burning desire When escaped from dreams, through smoke may travel To strengthen a fading, faltering fire When fulfilment seems near, harsh winds ravel Clear is the site, soft do the embers glow Upon blank starless nights, away from warmth Forgone souls wander, forever shallow Memories they keep, future promise haunt … Continue reading Ode to A Spirit

What Happened to Me?

 2 years ago I was hospitalised for 28 days with Adjustment Disorder. I didn't even know this existed before my diagnosis; in fact I didn't hear of it until after I was discharged. All I knew at the time was that I was in pain,  that I didn't have a future and I wanted to die. Today I … Continue reading What Happened to Me?

Travels in India, part 3: A Rough Landing

We stopped in Mumbai for one night, so aside from a quick visit to Mumbai Central Rail station that evoked a surreal feeling of being in a Rudyard Kipling story, we didn't get to see much of the bustling, ever moving City. We would see much more on our return journey but that's for another … Continue reading Travels in India, part 3: A Rough Landing

Travels in India, part 2: An Alien in Mumbai

I have a confession to make. Until I planned this trip I had no idea that Mumbai and Bombay were the same place (and I have a GCSE in geography!). It turns out that 'Bombay' is a Galician-Portuguese moniker, most likely meaning 'good little bay'. 'Bombay' was renamed 'Mumbai' in 1995 when the local the … Continue reading Travels in India, part 2: An Alien in Mumbai

Goodbye Little Peanut

Goodbye little peanut,  you made your mum eat ginger cakeShe was so hungry she ate it hot,  but you were too busy for a full bakeGoodbye little peanut,  your big brother was going to share his roomWe took out the boxes and cleared some space, we thought you would see it sometime soonGoodbye little peanut,  this … Continue reading Goodbye Little Peanut


The passion of your heart, and a burning desire Through smoke may travel, to strengthen a faltering fire Yet a harsh wind will blow Clearing the sight, while softening the calling embers glow So upon starless nights, away from a warmth by many foregone Can be seem empty souls, wandering a path forever long

Switzerland, part 1: The Bus Trip

My first visit to Switzerland was the biggest culture shock of my life (to that point, anyway), but not in the way I might have expected. The trip had been organised for the local Girl Guide group which may not seem all that unusual. Unless you count the fact that I was not actually a … Continue reading Switzerland, part 1: The Bus Trip

Travels in India, part 1: Travails to India

I'm not sure exactly what I expected of India, but it was certainly different to what I got. I think maybe I was anticipating the the bright colours and fast paced soundtrack of a Bollywood Movie. What I saw was a country still in a transition that had started six decades before with the withdrawal … Continue reading Travels in India, part 1: Travails to India