Archive for October 2013

a week in the new forest

October 26, 2013

There was an evening train from Oxford, birthday cake, a barn in the woods, a roaring fire, monopoly and bowls of soup. We spent afternoons walking through the trees in our gumboots – the only humans for miles. I sat under an enormous oak listening to the sound of the wind and tried to breathe […]

the one thing you must do

October 24, 2013

Audrey, counting all the ways she don’t care On the occasion of my first post as a 40 year old lady, it seemed fitting to write about a Very Important Conclusion I have reached: almost everything we think we have to do is bullshit. Ergo: You don’t have to dream bigger, want more, want everything. […]

fears and flashbacks

October 14, 2013

One of the very few fears that I still carry, is that I will never reach my potential. I’d be lying if I said the decision to complete a PhD didn’t have something to do with needing to resolve this within myself. Of course I am totes down with contributing to a body of knowledge […]

redfox retreats: things I want to remember

October 08, 2013

The first night in the house: just me, Sus, Meg and a spider the size of my head. Our final ‘holy crap what were we thinking?!’ hug before the first arrivals. The nervousness, the anticipation, the welcome. Shutting the front door after the last redfox was home. A deep breath. A big prayer. The opening […]