‘A prayer following the EU referendum'
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Sheffield Cathedral

This last 3 weeks I have been on a trip to Sheffield. In part it was to take a break for myself and I could have taken it anywhere but I chose Sheffield so that I could do local history research for my new project ‘My Darling Janie’; the story of the love letters of my great great grandparents courting in Sheffield in the 1870s.

What it became was not only a chance to discover my family past but one to firm up friendships and reconnect with my living family in the shape of my maternal grandfather (who is still with us at 97) and my paternal cousin, who I had not seen for over 30 years.
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On confronting my own autism
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"I've done such a great job at pretending to be normal that nobody really believes that I have Asperger’s”

I’ve been a keen observer of Asperger folk for many years. I’ve even prided myself on being a bit of an Aspie-whisperer with loved ones and colleagues. I’ve been a Henrick to a Saga, a Leonard to a Sheldon, a Watson to a Sherlock. I’m married to a wonderful person who is on the ASD spectrum - our relationship of 10 years has been the source of some of the happiest days of my life but our communication difficulties mean that we regularly confront painful times.

This weekend I had perhaps one of the biggest emotional meltdowns I’ve ever had - to the point of being unable to function properly for several days. However, I hid most of it from everyone around me. All they say was me being unwell, in pain and unable to come along to social functions.Read more...Collapse )

Happy Christmas
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Didn't manage to get the decorations up this year but did do a little bit of faff with some narcissi and some fairy lights :) Here's hoping that 2016 will be a good year for you and yours xxx

Would you like to buy our house? (shiny pics!)
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Hiya,
Sadly due to health, but also a desire to live nearer my family in the next town, we have put our lovely house and holiday let on the market: http://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/37996330?search_identifier=96c4e501594701baba4f04d0aaa5ba06

If you know anyone who wants to live the Rural Dream, our place on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons might just suit them, please let them know :) Thank you!
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Update and plans for downsizing...
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I want to write my heart out on a page, lay out my fears and joys and name them.

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Trying to find a new dream...Collapse )
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Trying out creative retreats at the holiday cottage
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Seren Lofft
I am going to have a go at offering some one day art courses and creative mentoring at Seren Loft. I thought this might be a nice way to offer some extras that tie in with what I'm up to as well. So we'll see. Also just a reminder that I still offer a family and friends a 25% discount.

Dare. Meet your new road.
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First heard this song as a teenager and puzzled over the lyrics not really comprehending them in my heart, just loving the beautiful harmonies. Heard again today for the first time in years and suddenly I *know* what it means (for me). I can take the pebble from my shoe.



Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Can you take me with you?
For my hand is cold
And needs warmth
Where are you going?

Far beyond where the horizon lies
Where the horizon lies
And the land sinks into mellow blueness
Oh please, take me with you

Let me skip the road with you
I can dare myself
I can dare myself
I'll put a pebble in my shoe
And watch me walk (watch me walk)
I can walk and walk!
(I can walk!)

I shall call the pebble Dare
I shall call the pebble Dare
We will talk, we will talk together
We will talk (chorus) about walking
Dare shall be carried
And when we both have had enough
I will take him from my shoe, singing:
"Meet your new road!"
Then I'll take your hand
Finally glad
Finally glad
That you are here
By your side/By my side

By your side/By my side
By your sideBy my side
By your side/By my side


(Peggy Gorden/Jay Hamburger)

Caving in.
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Iago by Grace Petrie



You know that I'm my own worst enemy
Always trying to wreck what's right in front of me
Doesn't mean that I don't understand
That everytime I force your gentle hand
To come and comfort me
I make myself your enemy

So lay me down my darling
In your bed
You lay my demons all to rest

But there's Iago sitting on my shoulder
Everytime I hold her
Telling me I'm never gonna make the grade
Telling me I'm stupid
Kinda self deluded
If I think I've got my happy ending made

And everytime he calls it ends up in a fall
He stands there and he doesn't help me at all
Sometimes I think that I'm
Just running out of time
Just heading for the crime
When I let myself break my heart with my own two hands
Put a bullet in the head of the great romance of my life
And I know that Iago
Will be the only one left alive

Sometimes I just don't have the energy
To be the things I'm meant to be
But everytime you take me in your arms
It's like you drown out the alams
Going off inside of me
Nothing but serenity, yeah

So lay me down my darling
In your bed
You lay my demons all to rest

But there's Iago sitting on my shoulder
Everytime I hold her
Telling me I'm never gonna make the grade
Telling me I'm stupid
Kinda self deluded
If I think I've got my happy ending made

And everytime he calls it ends up in a fall
He stands there and he doesn't help me at all
Sometimes I think that I'm
Just running out of time
Just heading for the crime
When I let myself break my heart with my own two hands
Put a bullet in the head of the great romance of my life
And I know that Iago
Will be the only one left alive

He'll be the only one left alive
He'll be the only one left alive
You know that I'm my own worst enemy


Building bridges.
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"Sacrifice" Björk

Why can't you give her room?
Respect her spatial needs.
I feel you compress her
Into a small space.

With clairvoyance,
She knew what you needed,
And gave it to you.
Now her desires are repressed;
Arrows in the flesh

When she found your love,
Her nature bowed her head;
She surrendered,
She renounced the world for you,
Now she's poisoned by demands
You cannot answer.

Why this sacrifice?
Now she regrets the whole thing,
A delayed reaction
When she left her craft voluntarily
For your nest, for your love.
Did you understand?

Appreciate,
Build a bridge to her.
Initiate a touch
Before it's too late,
Say the words to her
That will make her shine.

Tell her that you love her.

Your generosity will show
In the volume of her glow.
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When life gives you squash make Squashyoffee Pie
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Look what we grewed!

In the relatively new tradition of my pudding mash ups, this is my take on Banoffee Pie (without the bananas) via a nod to Pumpkin Pie. This came about because I was making a special meal for when my Ma-in-Law visited and her favourite pudding is Banoffee Pie, however, my best beloved will not even allow bananas in the house. Butternut squash makes a far superiour pumkin pie than actual pumkins in my opinion and so I got to thinking about combining the two.

Borrowing heavily from Jamie Oliver’s quick Banoffee Pie recipe, I made the adaptations as follows.

1 pie crust (store bought or in my case made from scratch as I am gluten free)
Half a medium butternut squash (the straight bit not the bit with the seeds in)
100ml milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 tbsp caster sugar
300ml cream
1 tsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp water
100g block dark chocolate

Cut the squash in quarters lengthways. Place in a roasting tin slicked with 3/4 tbsp of water skin side up and roast for 20 mins at 180C. You want them nice and soft. Allow to cool and remove the skins.
Blitz the squash with the milk, spices and salt until smooth.
In a pan over high heat melt the caster sugar. Don’t stir it, just swirl it gently in the pan until it goes a dark caramel colour
Add the squash milk mixture to the caramel - which will suddenly go toffee like. Don’t worry just keep, stirring until the toffee melts back into the mixture.
Pour into the pie case and freeze for 20 minutes (or leave in the fridge for a couple of couple of hours)
Whip cream and then swirl the coffee into it to make ripples and spoon it on top of the pie.
Make chocolate shavings - scrape a sharp knife at 45 degrees across the chocolate towards you. Sprinkle over the cream

(I’m still figuring out if I can make this dairy free - but finding an acceptable alternative is ongoing. I could make the squash caramel and then assemble it as a dairy-free ice-cream sundae layer thingy.)

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