That day


I remember it like it happened yesterday; climbing that hill excited and exhilarated. At the top, breathless and rosy cheeked, we leaned against the wind and it held us like strong arms.

I think we sang Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush…we wanted to be her; do you remember? And we laughed into the wind that held us. You were my friend, but we grew apart, and I wish we hadn’t.

Friendships come and go, some are not worth the fight, but ours was good, and I feel wistful, because I think I was the one who forgot to tend to it; left it to fade.

Creating along with writealm’s June prompt-a-day

today’s prompt is ‘relation’

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Seven roses


Seven roses he brought her.

She asked, ‘Why seven?’

He said, ‘Anyone could give you six’.

At that moment she knew exactly why she loved him,

despite all the shit, she knew.

Creating along with writealm’s June prompt-a-day

today’s prompt is ‘seven’

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Dappled Light

Boys and bikes

As the August sun rose

high in the sky,

dappled light

 reached through the trees,

landing gently on the path

like fallen leaves.

It was summer

and as the boys peddled away

she cried, because

she knew it wouldn’t last forever.

Autumn would come.

Learning, writing and connecting with June prompt-a-day from writealm

today’s prompt is ‘dappled light’

Soul full

soul full

Last night, there was good food, good wine and good company…all thanks to one of the most beautiful people I know.

Today, my soul is full to the brim.

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom  

~ Marcel Proust

Learning, writing and connecting with June prompt-a-day from Writealm; today’s prompt is

‘soul full’

Two things

Two things

In 2002 I became a little concerned that I had been having periods, without much of a break, for around 8 weeks. For me, this was very abnormal as my periods had always been incredibly regular, so I made an appointment to see a doctor.

At my appointment I explained what was going on to the female doctor, confident she would be understanding, but unfortunately she wasn’t. What came out of her mouth in response to my explanation still rings in my ears 12 years later.

‘What do you want me to do about it?’

This was not asked out of care or concern, it was asked intimating that I was wasting her time. I was completely taken aback and stupidly just accepted her poor care…how I wish now I had insisted she had sent me for a smear test.

One year later I was invited for a smear and that was when the cancer was found. I am not saying that if the doctor had sent me for a smear in 2002 the outcome would have been any different, but it might have been. I might not have had to have surgery and I might have been able to have more children…I will never know.

As Cervical Screening Awareness Week begins, there are two things I want to impress on you:

1. Go for your smear…I know it’s uncomfortable and embarrassing, but the consequences of not going can be far worse.

2. If you are having irregular periods (please don’t panic, not all irregular periods indicate cervical changes) please go to your doctor and if they try to brush it off please, PLEASE insist on a smear…God knows I wish I had.

I am very lucky that 12 years down the line I am here and healthy, but I am more than aware that everyone who has cervical cancer will not be so lucky.

We are so very fortunate to have access to cervical screening, so please, please, please ladies, don’t miss your appointment.

Jane x

p.s. I am not trying to vilify all doctors, the vast majority are caring and very helpful.



Standing in the garden today was a joy. Sparrows chattering while flitting here and there and everything so lush after gorging on the heavy rainfall.

Yesterday, in the sun, my husband and I watched bees feasting on blossom at the bottom of our garden…there must have been nearly 50 of them at one point; wonderful.

We only have a small plot, but there is so much to see, so much happening…the restorative power of nature cannot be underestimated…there is so much pleasure to be had, even in a suburban garden.

I hope you’re having a happy Saturday!

Learning, writing and connecting with May prompt-a-day from Writealm; today’s prompt is ‘power’

The great escape


Thursday afternoon is my great escape; when the day job comes to an end and home life comes to the fore. The sense of escape is not because I dislike my job, on the contrary, but just the knowledge that time will slow down for a while, we can sleep in, breakfast won’t be rushed and the end of the day takes a little longer to come around…bliss.

Learning, writing and connecting with May prompt-a-day from Writealm; today’s prompt is ‘escape’



Hazy sun-promised mornings

warm days that smell of childhood

and our home; an open window.


Sun-kissed skin

freckles like spattered paint

and grass under bare feet.


Slow sinking days

thick heat and late night rain

sleep sought but hard found


Time to dream

under big skies

with cotton wool clouds.


Lazy days by the sea

soft sand between our toes

and nothing to rush home for.


This is summer

when times stands still;

for just a while.

Learning, writing and connecting with June prompt-a-day from Writealm; today’s prompt is ‘summer’s bounty’

Tea & Paper

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