A year in moments #19 – Ride him like Seabiscuit

It was a Saturday morning in February 2017, and for some reason that I can't remember, we were doing a fancy dress BMF (British Military Fitness) session. It was cold but bright, and quite muddy. I'd been out the night before, and was still feeling a little tipsy as I walked through town in my … Continue reading A year in moments #19 – Ride him like Seabiscuit

A year in moments #11 – Meeting The Poet

It was Friday the 13th September last year and we headed up the stairs, the music thumping through the wall on the left. The air was thick and hot as we reached the bar, people jostling to get to the front of the queue. "What do you want to drink?" I shouted to Katie as … Continue reading A year in moments #11 – Meeting The Poet

A year in people #92 – Coops

December 2016. On the Saturday before Christmas, I'd arranged to meet James at the pub for a couple of afternoon beers before I headed to a carol thing in the park. He was going to be there with his mate Coops, who I'd met briefly once before. I remembered Coops as this fabulously funny, all-round … Continue reading A year in people #92 – Coops

A year in people #73 – Rick

Rick was one quarter (the boyfriend - now husband - of Kim) of the forced-couple-socialising by my ex-husband. As way of introduction, I was told Rick was a DJ, funny and a nice guy. Rick and I share an appreciation of beer and late night deep chat. One Saturday night in September 2008 we'd all had … Continue reading A year in people #73 – Rick

A year in people #67 – Gemma

I came back from a few weeks abroad and Sian had made a new best friend. I vaguely recognised Gemma from BMF sessions but Sian had brought her into the fold. I'm not quite sure whether Gemma had a choice about being in said fold. The first Saturday I was back, I went to BMF … Continue reading A year in people #67 – Gemma

A year in people #66 – the project manager

"Where the hell are my clothes?" I thought to myself. I woke up, my head pounding. I opened one eye, and promptly shut it again. Ouch. Uh-oh. That familiar feeling as you realise you're hungover and you start to piece together what happened before you fell asleep. There was a pub. Drinks. Work colleagues. Definitely … Continue reading A year in people #66 – the project manager

A year in people #63 – Amber

"You will be fine the world does not end at Mike I assure you!" Wise words from Amber when I'd split up from my ex-boyfriend here in New Zealand last year and wondering what to do next. I knew I'd get good sensible practical advice. We'd chatted many a time about relationships, being single and … Continue reading A year in people #63 – Amber

A year in people #53 – Kim

My ex-husband had just started a new job. He came home one day and was telling me about his friend there, Rick. They had stuff in common like music and DJing and beer. I was pleased for him, as this meant I wouldn't have to listen to his music and feign interest at a weekend. … Continue reading A year in people #53 – Kim