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Sanctuary

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The Festive Housekeeper’s Diary

The older I get the more random I behave in shops. This week I have told many a shop assistant that "I am at that stage of Christmas shopping when I'm actually completely done, but I'm buying more nonsense just in case I'm not" and they have humored me with a smile and I have watched them wrap something nobody I know really needs, and wondered what it is all for. Christmas is a[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

  An early start, sniffling into my latte by fairy light. After a weekend spent re-arranging furniture and ornament, it feels like sitting in someone else's house. A visitor in my own living room, thrilled that the rug I imagined would take over the room simply ties everything else together. Not so thrilled with the croaky voice and irritating blocked nose. Every year at ar[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

  I am in hiding. The window-cleaners are due and they are CHATTY MEN. Men who want cups of teas and plates of cake and biscuits and though I can usually be relied upon for such matters (and there is indeed a mighty fine slab of Parkin in the cake tin), today my ability to make small talk about the weather has gone the same way as my ability to dress in a way suitable to me[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

A slow morning after a long night. Finally climbing into bed at four o'clock in the morning when Ste returned home after a seven freezing hours sitting in the car waiting for the breakdown recovery that didn't arrive. His shivery misery compounded by an act of abject cruelty I can barely comprehend. The milk of human kindness apparently much in short supply where once there was friends[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

  It is rare now that I write at the weekends, for there simply isn't time, but today has been a long, lazy day and my fingers are itching to type. Suddenly I am alert, and blinking back into life like a mole emerging from a long dark tunnel. Awake and astonished that there is still a life to be had here in my lovely interwebs. Able to sit upright without feeling as though sleep co[...]