If you’ve ever met me (and even if you haven’t) you’ll likely have heard me mention my Granny – an amazing woman with a great knack for telling stories. I learned a lot from her. Sadly, she passed away in early February this year, having made it almost (but not quite) to 94. I can … More A few words for Granny
There’s something mesmerising about flames. They way they dance, crackle, reach out in all directions. Simply striking a match is really sensory experience – the sound of the friction of the match head against the side of the box, the sudden fizz as the match flashes into life, blinding you with its brightness for the … More Playing with fire
Do any of the following phrases sound familiar to you? “Waste not, want not” “That’ll come in handy one day” “Ooh – I could make something with that!” “I love making things, I just never find the time.” Welcome to my world. Having just completed the #30DayGetChuckedChallenge – where you throw out one thing … More Simple things to make with string!
Ten years is a long time. The Rosetta mission launched ten years ago, travelled millions of miles and finally landed on a comet last week. Its incredible journey took it round the world several times and it zapped around Mars too. I’ve not travelled quite so far (not in terms of distance at least) in … More Ten Years
There have been a lot of brave women speaking out about incidences of sexual harassment lately. I’ve been meaning to write something about my experiences for some time, but recent discussions have made me realise just how useful it can be to read other people’s stories. There’s something comforting in knowing that you’re not alone … More Ripples of Doubt – my experiences of sexual harassment
It’s been a long winter. Even now, almost mid-June, Granny has got the heating on and I’ve been staring at dull grey skies. If like me you need a bit of sunshine in your life, you may have got frustrated by the grey, but take time to smell the roses. Genuinely, they’re flowering now, so … More Flowers in the rain
I recently wrote a blog post about the sexism inherent in the latest Lynx Apollo advertising campaign, which wants to send 22 brave men to space. The post got quite a lot of attention both on social and traditional media, with Forbes, Discovery News and RIA Novosti all picking up on the issue. Tomorrow morning … More Is “feminist” a dirty word?