A year in moments #18 – the beach

Giant wisps of sand blew across the beach towards the sea, disappearing into the waves. The wind swirled in gusts, like it was dancing to a tune they couldn't hear. She ran towards the edge of the sea, laughing, and he ran after her. She stopped suddenly. 'Isn't it beautiful?' She said, the wind blowing … Continue reading A year in moments #18 – the beach

Cohabiting with a big pink saxophone

'At first it felt like a bit of a holiday. You have to work out where you're going to lock yourself down, so that's the first dilemma isn't it?' Julie had several options, and elderly family to consider, but in the end chose to lockdown with her partner at his house. They've never lived together … Continue reading Cohabiting with a big pink saxophone

Live the life you love

Jenny laughs, when I ask her how lockdown is going. 'Well, I'm quite enjoying it, I have to say, although it's been a real emotional journey, from absolute, acute, ridiculous, over the top oh-my-god-I'm-going-to-die-tomorrow kind of anxiety at the start, with me making out my will and all sorts.' That anxiety went away a bit … Continue reading Live the life you love

Lockdown dating diary

The screen flickers and I see the beams of Ruth's kitchen ceiling, and I picture her little country cottage nestled in a picture perfect Cotswold village, surrounded by rolling hills and endless green English countryside. I see a figure in a dressing gown moving about at the bottom of the screen, and a voice shouts, … Continue reading Lockdown dating diary

Love and liver failure

“I’d probably say my lockdown experience is really boring,” Natalie laughs. We’ve not spoken in nearly five years, bonded by an unforgettable induction experience when we both started a new job on the same day. Her voice and accent is exactly the same as someone I know here in Christchurch, and which is strange. I’m … Continue reading Love and liver failure

A musing on relationships

Recently I’ve had cause to think about [romantic] relationships and my perspective on them, and I've been asked to share them. (Just to be clear, this is my perspective.) Society mainly seems to define a successful relationship by it’s longevity, doesn't it? No thought of whether it’s happy, or functional, or healthy. Just long.  Find … Continue reading A musing on relationships

A year in moments #9 – the story based on a poem

He laid awake, looking to his left. The light was just starting to peek through the curtains. She was facing away from him, sleeping. He watched her shoulder and the curve of her back, just exposed by the covers. She gently turned over to him, her eyelids giving away that she wasn’t yet awake. He … Continue reading A year in moments #9 – the story based on a poem

A year in moments #4 – the Valentine’s Day mystery

Valentine's Day; a day for love and romance and all that jazz. It's been a while since I've been seeing someone over Valentines Day, so it doesn't usually register. I was at work; about 11am and Nick (who's staying in my flat) messaged me about something. "Oh, and you've had a delivery," he said. What? It's … Continue reading A year in moments #4 – the Valentine’s Day mystery

A year in moments #2 – arriving in New Zealand

It was about lunchtime, yet my brain didn't really know what time or day it was. I'd been travelling for over 30 hours and my weary body was pleased to have finally landed. I didn't know what was waiting for me behind the arrival gates. Would he be there at the front with a big … Continue reading A year in moments #2 – arriving in New Zealand