Thief!

When you bring home a new pet, you have no idea what bizarre behaviour they’re bringing along. Meg is a collector and will take anything that fits in her mouth. She’s hauled off guitar picks, pencils, and pens, but her favourite things to steal are cherry tomatoes from the kitchen counter. I have found ten…

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Loch Ness

A few summers ago, my husband and I went to Loch Ness for a holiday. We did a lot of the touristy stuff — monster spotting, a boat tour of the loch, and of course several trips to give shops for Nessie toys and whisky. My favourite bit was simply wandering around near the water,…

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Olive

We have eight hens, all of different breeds. This is Olive. She’s a crested cream legbar which means she has a punk-rocker hairdo and a giant comb. It also means she’s a bit nervy and doesn’t like to be handled, but we forgive her because she lays the most beautiful blue eggs.

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Bike Inspection

In an attempt to get fit, I brought home a shiny new bike today. The towpath along the canal goes almost directly from my house to my work, so I plan to ride to work two or three times a week. New bikes need a good looking over to be sure they’re safe. Meg is…

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Allandale

Just over the canal from where I live is the tiny village of Allandale. Its main street is lined with red sandstone houses built for brickworks employees in the early 1900s. The Antonine Wall runs through here, and there is talk of a new railway station in future.

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Landing

I don’t have a favourite room in my house, but I do have a favourite space. The light on the landing is beautiful all day, and the view from the window is spectacular. I pass through this space at least ten times a day and it always makes me happy, especially when there is a…

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Starburst Clock

I won this clock at an auction a few years ago, cheap! When I finally got round to hanging it on the wall, it had stopped working completely, and clock repair shops are hard to find in this area — I’ve looked. So my lovely clock tells the correct time twice a day, but I…

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It’s Good to be King

It’s been a trying couple weeks — burst pipes (plural!), floods (plural again!), a broken dishwasher (!!!), and my taxes are due. I could easily become a giant stressball. Instead of freaking out, I’ll take a page from Logan’s book and just chill. Nothing bothers him, except being held down and smooched on top of…

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Saturday Drive

We went into Glasgow today to visit our nearly-local Ikea. Had I realised they were remodeling the showroom and there is now 50% less space for people to meander around, I’d’ve given it a miss. The trip wasn’t a total loss, though. We’ve chosen our new kitchen!

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