Category Archive: Personal

A bad start to the week

It’s not that I don’t like Mondays, it’s just that they don’t seem to like me. Generally it’s the little things that go wrong, and at the worst times. I try to keep… Continue reading

My fifteen minutes of fame?

My blog has been rather quiet in the past week or so because I’ve been rather busy with work, but the good news is that my persistence paid off and the company I… Continue reading

Moving from gas to coal, and refurbishing an abandoned 1950s fireplace in the process.

In the 70s and 80s, gas was a cost-effective way to heat your home and nearly everyone had gas-fueled heating installed. But today gas prices are going through the roof, and many families… Continue reading

A child minding dilemma

Originally posted on John Knifton:
(An extract from my old birdwatching diary “Crippling Views”) Saturday, June 11, 1988 I walk back home from the local newsagents, my eyes peeled as always for the odd…

You know how to whistle, don’t you?

Lauren Bacall, the last goddess of the silver screen, has passed away. I never had the honour of meeting her, but I do have the great honour of being named after her. She… Continue reading

My Grandad in the First World War

Originally posted on John Knifton:
My grandfather had a very eventful journey through the First World War. He joined the Canadian Army on June 12th 1916, and fought at Vimy Ridge, Passchaendale and…

Graduating from Durham and Saying Goodbye

Wednesday was a big deal for me, I finally graduated from Durham. I’ve been there for eight years and completed three degrees, but when I graduated wearing the big red PhD robes I… Continue reading

Picking the fabric for my graduation dress

Now that I’m sure that the pattern for my graduation dress is right, I can crack on with making the real thing. The practice toile for my dress was a bit time consuming,… Continue reading

Tissues and Issues with the Toile

Toiles are a great way of practising making a dress, but they’re even better for checking the fit of a garment. So I’ve just tried on my toile, and guess what? It doesn’t… Continue reading