“I’m glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M. Montgomery

I call these pieces my ramblings if I am being unkind to myself, but these days, I am all about being kind. Every time I look at this page, I promise myself I will write more regularly, at least once a week. And then I don’t. Have a fossick. I cover a lot of random subjects and one of these days I will discover self-discipline and write even more. At least once a week.

Peaks and Geeks

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,For I would ride with you upon the wind,Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” (Yeats) Possibly because I grew up by the ocean in Bunbury where the tallest natural structure was a sand dune down the road from…

These gentle days

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost …. like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood…” Jack Kerouac. Nature is…

Getting on with it

When I was a kid and my mum had lost patience with the state of my bedroom and insisted I clean it, I had a last-resort technique if procrastination, sulking and tantrums all failed. I think the corporate speak for it is ‘leaning in.’ I was a really messy child so we’re talking substantial levels…

The good, the bad and the ugly

It’s been a bit of a week. We left the city and our beautiful bright apartment in the old centre of Montpellier, arrived in the Pyrenees ready for our rustic, rural retreat and things have not gone entirely smoothly. We had lots of plans to farewell Montpellier. We loved it there so much. We envisioned…


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Gillian is a former radio broadcaster and journalist, who writes random observations and short, short stories.

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