A year in people #70 – my first boyfriend

I was 15 and had gone to a friend of a friend's (let's call her A) house for the weekend. They had a swimming pool and it was summer so HELL YES. A's Dad was a plumber, and had a young lad working for him (who also happened to live just down the road) who … Continue reading A year in people #70 – my first boyfriend

Jonny Marine: Part 6

Continued from Part Five... It was kinda perfect, and not really a surprise. I mean, going on holiday with your ex who you split up with because of timing and not lack of feelings? Probably not going to stay platonic. But he was adamant he hadn't expected this. Insistent he hadn't come over with any … Continue reading Jonny Marine: Part 6

Jonny Marine: Part 4

Continued from Part Three… Out of the blue, I got a message from someone in January 2018 asking if they'd just seen me driving around Lincolnshire. Given I was halfway up a mountain in New Zealand at the time, the answer was most definitely no. I didn't recognise the number or the picture and wondered who … Continue reading Jonny Marine: Part 4

A year in people #35 – 38 year old me

Happy birthday you. You're 38 today. Do you feel 38? Yesterday you felt about 88. It's because you've just spent a week eating mildly unhealthy food and drinking booze and then tried to run in the hills for 3 hours. At this age, you know what the effects of diet, alcohol and sleep do to you.  … Continue reading A year in people #35 – 38 year old me

A year in people #18 – the man who broke my heart (a little bit)

I was infatuated. My god I'd never felt lust like it, you could literally make me go weak at the knees. I don't know exactly why, I couldn't pinpoint any particular thing, you just had an effect on me that I'd never felt before, and haven't quite felt since. We spent months growing close. Friends, … Continue reading A year in people #18 – the man who broke my heart (a little bit)

A year in people #16 – the boy with no name

(because I can't remember it) I was 14 years old, on holiday in Tunisia. It was exotic, my second ever holiday abroad and I was allowed to take a friend. Of course, at that age, we thought we were So Grown Up. Just the age where we'd started to notice boys, we'd hang around the … Continue reading A year in people #16 – the boy with no name

A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie

Mrs Mackie, there are two things I remember about you as the mother of my best friend at primary school up until the age of about 10. Tenderstem broccoli and fishfinger sandwiches. We only had normal broccoli at home, so this long-stemmed vegetable looked and tasted so exotic. It fanned out on my plate like … Continue reading A year in people #8 – Mrs Mackie

A year in people #4 – Little Will

I’d been invited to a party. A joint birthday party for a big birthday at a big house in the country up in Lincolnshire. An unlimited booze, posh food, band, no-expense-spared type of party. I wasn’t drinking. I’d had a few nights out in the weeks before, I was in the middle of ultramarathon training, … Continue reading A year in people #4 – Little Will