The Little Furry Muse Speaks

The significant human (SH) is ‘tired’. It’s her own fault – she will insist on staying up all day when there are sunny spots to be napped in. All it means is that she oversleeps for my first breakfast, and I have to wake her. I don’t want to wake her, but what can I […]

I won, I won! I’d like to thank the little furry muse, chocolate, tea – wait. Sorry, no. Not that sort of award. Although I’m pretty chuffed anyway. The lovely A.S.Akkalon nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award (isn’t it cool? And shiny??), and I’m both enormously flattered and a little intimidated, because I feel […]

In not very long, I will have a birthday, and I will be 39. I actually wrote a whole blog post about this, musing not just on how the hell I made it this far (honestly, in some ways I’m surprised), but also on how society, as represented by TV, movies, and an uncomfortable proportion […]

Once upon a while ago, I used to cook full-time. In fact, I had a few jobs where this was the case, the first time being with the caterers at Waiheke Island RSA when I was still at Uni, and the most recent being in a lovely wee deli/cafe in Yorkshire. These are facts that […]

When we decided to head to Paris for a few nights, I had two things I wanted to do – visit the Catacombs, because they were closed the last time we were there, and visit a few English secondhand bookshops, because this has become a bit of a thing for me. Unfortunately, the Catacombs are […]

​I know, I know. There are a thousand and one gift guides out there for the writer/reader/introvert in your life (because let’s face it – more often than not, they’re one and the same). But how many fancy pens and pretty notebooks can we really use? Especially as we are super-picky, and it’s entirely possible […]

The last month has been one of those months, not just for me, but for quite a few people I know. In fact, I think it’d be fair to say it’s been one of those years for lots of people. It always is, in one way or another, isn’t it? And there are things we […]

​​We all say it. Can’t complain. It’s not quite as disingenuous as ‘Oh, good, everything’s great’, but it’s not exactly the truth, is it? It’s the ‘I’m fine’ of conversations, the way we stop ourselves when we almost – almost – come right out and say that maybe we aren’t okay. That maybe work isn’t […]

“So, I need something to read. What d’you recommend?” I start sweating. My stomach tightens around this morning’s smoothie, and I have to swallow before I can manage, “Well. What d’you like reading?” “Oh, anything, really. Surprise me!” Surprise me. Oh, god, no. This is the worst. True story. I hate recommending books, which is […]

Memory’s a tricky little thing, isn’t it? It’s so selective. It seems to have its own (very strong) opinions on what’s important and what’s not, and they very rarely gel with mine. I mean, I couldn’t tell you how many times I get back from the shop without, say, the milk (which could have potentially […]