Missing you Hilary

THIS GIFT WAS AMONGST THE MOST OVERWHELMING MOMENTS IN MY LIFE I still receive my Google Alerts for Hilary and not a day passes without one chiming you back into my memory.

A green thought in a green shade.

Christmastide spent at Castle Cary where it feels a little like Paradise Regained. While Grandmother, Daughter and Grand daughter gather together for an evening meal. There is no Grace only gratitude.

Howl: Allen Ginsberg

I don’t quite know why except one of my patients last week was wearing a sweater by Bella Freud with Allen Ginsberg scrawled across the front that his poem, Howl, about the devastation of AIDS crawled into my mind. And the world feels like it is howling and we do not hear. And my husband, […]

An inaccurate Map of our Pain:

From Gabor and Daniel Maté’s new book ‘The Myth of the Normal’Contrary to what I, too, used to believe, a diagnosis like ADHD or depression or bipolar illness explains nothing. No diagnosis ever does. Diagnoses are abstractions, or summaries: sometimes helpful, always incomplete. They are professional shorthand for describing constellations of symptoms a person may […]

“Hope” is the thing with feathers

At the moment all we have is Hope and Science to get us out of this contagion. “Hope” is the thing with feathers –That perches in the soul –And sings the tune without the words –And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –And sore must be […]


February inspiration. Photograph by John Haynes

First Jigsaw

Lockdown blues and boredom lifted by collaboration and challenge.