The Price of Fish – the women’s story

Today is the 121st anniversary of the loss of the fishing vessel Bernicia. She’d sailed from Cellardyke on the east coast of Scotland, and was lost in storms in the North Sea on or around 12th February 1900. On board were 10 men, one of whom was my Great Grandfather Alexander Murray. Last year I…

Views, Visitors, and Mugs of Tea

I’ve written 320 blog posts. I aim to post every other day or thereabouts. This post is number 321. Yesterday, someone sat and read pretty much every single one of them. As part of the blog set-up, I get stats. WordPress tells me the number of people who visit the site each day, the number…

Dry January

Some people that I don’t know are doing Dry January, and I was invited to join the group. Well – that’s not quite true. I know one of them – and she invited me. I’m not actually even doing Dry January… When my ex and I first got together, he wasn’t drinking at all. He’d…

Keep Dancing!

Strictly Season comes to an end tonight. It’s been fun, yes? And the effort they’ve all gone to in order to put on a live show during a pandemic has to be applauded. Such a shame about Nicola and Katya. And now we’re down to the last four. In no particular order – We have…

Choosing a Tradesperson

I want to replace my front door. The day we came to view the house, in early Spring 2013, I remember saying, as we walked up the front path to the front door – ‘That’ll have to go’. That was more than 7 years ago. Hasn’t happened yet. I’ve done everything else – re-wiring, re-plumbing,…

Blackberry Picking

It’s blackberry season. There’s an abundance of them down by the Leeds Liverpool Canal, just a stone’s throw from where I live. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a summer’s evening. It brings back a lot of memories. It was an annual tradition. Mum, me, Mum’s Aunt Nan and Aunt Nan’s walking stick. The…

The Ladybirds and the Bees. And the Birds.

I don’t get birds in my garden. There are birds all around – in the big trees across the road, in the garden of the house behind mine, down by the canal just a stone’s throw away. But in my garden? Nothing. Nada. Nowt. So – I gave up on the birds. I decided to…

Visiting the Family (Tree)

I have 12,700 relatives, all over the world – Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, as well as England and Scotland (so basically, come to think of it, just the post-colonial white English-speaking world). Have you ever thought about researching your own tree? It’s fascinating – I’ve uncovered mystery, heart break, and skeletons in the…

Eyebrows

Have you been to the shops? I haven’t, yet – I’m going to let the excitement die down a little first. And besides, I don’t really like shopping anyway. But as soon as I’m able to, I’ll be having my hair cut and my eyebrows re-shaped. If I have to queue round the block, take…

Guest Blogging – I Need YOU!

If you’re reading this, I want to hear from YOU. Fancy writing a guest blog for me? We’re living in very peculiar times. All our lives are different now, whether we’re working longer and harder than ever before, or stuck at home with not enough to do. Maybe you’re furloughed? Maybe you’re self-isolating? Maybe you’re…

Funny Old World

Happy Easter. If you can call it Happy. If you can call it Easter. It’s certainly the strangest Easter I’ve ever known. It’s Sunday 12th April. In the UK, that’s the date lockdown was supposed to end – but it won’t. We don’t have an end date now. The police are actively preventing people travelling…