Father’s Day

“Alpinism is the art of climbing mountains by confronting the greatest dangers with the greatest prudence.” René Daumal (March 16, 1908–May 21, 1944) Inevitably, on Father’ Day my thoughts turn to my late husband who died in a climbing accident when our son was 21 months old. I feel sorrow and grief for both Brett …

It Takes Two

On the day of lockdown my 27 year old son, possibly feeling sorry for his old mum, decided to join me in my bubble. I was a bit nervous of this as I like living alone and he certainly enjoys his own space. Sam was gently nudged out of the nest by me at aged …

Puzzled and Puzzling

Puzzling Things I’ve picked up from doing puzzles:  The tradition of doing the edge pieces first still holds good. You need a framework. When you least expect it a piece fits into a space that you never thought it would. Close observation is required to note the tiny wee bit of black or the marginally …

Brain overload

Even though I only work two days a week at a university, the last two weeks seem to have caused brain overload. I am juggling a few different things right now with two friends very ill with dementia, helping with the rat catching programme at Hobsonville Point, running the book club, working casually but more …