A victory for equality – of sorts?

Last week the people of Ireland (or at least 62% of those who voted) chose to legalise same-sex marriage. It was a historic referendum for many reasons. Possibly a one-of-a-kind referendum for this country. What made this referendum different to others? You only have to look at the turnout to see...

A hint of summer

Post-nap afternoon snack.  We sit in the garden with bowls of sour creamy yoghurt and crunchy just-cooled granola.  In a spot carefully chosen out of the shade, so we can feel the dying heat of the sun on our faces.   Washing flaps overhead, under a blue sky criss-crossed with wispy...

Christmas memories past and future

Linking up with the Christmas memories linky over on Dr How’s Science Wows…   Christmas is a memorable time of year – for children in particular.  It’s the most magical holiday of them all where feats of sheer impossibility become achievable in one night.  There’s all the sparkle and glitter; from a tastefully...

The beeping smoke alarm

I’m not too sure exactly what’s going on in this dream I appear to be having, but one thing is definitely registering strongly.  I’m aware of an incessant beep that permeates each level of my consciousness as I start to rise up from what was a pleasantly deep and...

Bowled over

So there I am, just two weeks into my new job, walking up the road with two colleagues on our way back from getting a sandwich in the local convenience store. We navigate the busy junctions with no pedestrian lights and stroll back up the hill towards work –...

The great ice age of 2010

The cold snap we were experiencing at Christmas slowly progressed into an ice age that held parts of the country frozen in time for days. Outdoors, the world had been transformed into into something unrecognisable, with a thick layer of ice and snow blanketing everything. It was...