• Photo of my Dalmatian Shimi
    Life

    and Goodbye to Shimi, the Dalmatian

    I hoped to have blogged about something else. Two weeks after my cat died, my Dalmatian has too. I’d never had a dog before. Cats had always been a constant while growing up. There’d be the odd rabbit, fish and hamster too. Even stick insects. But never a dog. Then, twelve years ago on Boxing Day, we brought one home. It was a female Dalmatian puppy. We’d already been over twice to see the litter. On the second visit, she lolloped to greet us, and that sealed it for us. Her nickname then had been Three Spot, due to the distinct three spots which were beginning to develop on her…

  • Photo of Assassin's Fate novel by Robin Hobb, cover by Jackie Morris
    Read

    Assassin’s Fate Review and meeting Robin Hobb

    As my tagline is ‘Read, Write, Bake.’ I spent last weekend partaking in the former. Saturday 6th May I visited Waterstones bookshop in Plymouth and finally had the chance to meet Robin Hobb at her book signing. The following Sunday and Monday I read it. It’s taken me till now to come to terms with the perfect ending to a wonderful series and review Assassin’s Fate.

  • bluebells in the woodland
    Poetry,  Write

    Helen Duncan’s poems of nature

    As estranged from nature as we’ve become, I find you can’t help but become enraptured by spring. I’ve picked two poems penned by my great grandmother who loved to write about nature. One is about springtime and the other is about Dartmoor, a rugged moorland in Devon.

  • Spring time snowdrops in the sunshine
    Stories,  Write

    Spring and a short story about how a Kingdom was born

    You make me feel like Spring has sprung Spring has certainly sprung here in Cornwall. The days are lengthening and the buds are swelling. It inspired me to write a short story. It is based in the same world as the WIP I’m currently working on. Worldbuilding is a key part of writing and immensely fun. In a fantasy realm, the author needs to build everything from scratch and make it believable to the reader. In the story below I explore two aspects. The founding story of the Kingdom of Berncia and the religion named the Four Branches. Mythology and religion always tell larger than life founding stories where the Gods…

  • A photo of my lovely cookies
    Bake,  Read

    Tea, books and a cookie recipe to indulge in

    Tea, books and a cookie, what a trio of loveliness. Who could want more? I’ve read a fair few recipe/food blogs in my time and tend to go along the vein of a lot of faff to start with, punctuated with photos of the same thing they’ve baked at every possible angle. Eventually, after much scrolling, you’re rewarded with the recipe! Therefore, you get the recipe first, because it’s what I’d have wanted. If you read what’s after then thank you, but if you’re just here for the food then I understand.

  • Photograph of my poet great gran Helen Duncan
    Poetry,  Write

    The Poems of Helen Duncan

    Dad gave me the box of family history to rummage through. I found two notebooks, which belonged to Helen, filled with pages of poetry. Many were of favourite poems she copied but she penned her own too. Other family members sent and wrote poems and within these two books of elegant handwriting weave worlds of written words. You'd think the contents would be world's apart but it's quite the opposite. What fascinates me is the stark similarities we find.