Eighteen Months

We married early in the morning. We’d waited so long. We wanted to be married that day, not fritter it in hazy preparation. And anyway, I was never one for elaborate hair-dos and make-up. We rose early, in the quiet of a sleepy lakefront village. All the tourists had gone home for the season. He … Continue reading

The Return

I thought a break from writing would help me better process the crazy changes in store this autumn and leave space for my private life to flourish, but it seems I was wrong. Writing is, by its essence, an act of processing. To put new things into words requires attentive thought unlike any other I … Continue reading

The Plunge

Bean’s visa was approved last week. We left the Embassy and, after a celebratory pitstop in the decadent Selfridges Food Hall, we boarded a river cruise down the Thames. Saying goodbye to London and landing at Greenwich — ground zero; the place where time began — to watch the sunset. Fitting for the beginning of … Continue reading

This is SO happening!

Courtesy of the uber-talented nane press, our first real wedding item is whisking it’s way to us now. Let the count down begin!

The Name Game

When the conversation eventually turns to wedding business it is telling to see who asks what I will wear and who asks if I will change my name. Names are so important. I relish place names with odd provenance. I make up names for characters in books I will never write. I cherish the sounds … Continue reading

The Waiting Game

As you may have gathered, we are in a holding pattern. We filed the paperwork for Bean and I to move to America back in October. It’s six months later and we haven’t heard anything. Whenever we do, it will only be for the government to authorise medical exams, interviews and Phase II of this … Continue reading

Weddings: An open letter to no one

Dear World, So like most dutifully brainwashed middle-class brides-to-be, after he put a ring on it I bought a wedding magazine, put a million oh-so-casual pictures of mason jars and burlap on my Pinterest, and started dreaming about tablescapes. And then? And then I woke up. Somewhere in the middle of hearing I would probably … Continue reading

Newness Abounds

It is a shiny New Year, and one that is already jam-packed full of adventure. [Warning: since I cannot construct a sentence to save my life today and frankly, I have some furniture which needs sanding, this is less of a poetical post and more a list of rambling nothings.] We are firmly ensconced in … Continue reading

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