The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all – we’re animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. AndContinue reading “The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better”

5 Tenuous connections between the keto diet and Hawaiian monk seals

The fun thing about having a blog that doesn’t make any money is that you can write about absolutely anything you want, which, as you can probably tell, is what is happening here. Up until about 15 minutes ago, I’d never even heard of the Hawaiian monk seal. This is probably because a) I’m notContinue reading “5 Tenuous connections between the keto diet and Hawaiian monk seals”

I wish I was a fearless Roman Goddess

Will I always feel like this? Like swamp mud Viscous, formless. I need warm, firm hands  To sculpt me into something  Recognisable Like a woman, or a tree.  I wish I was a fearless Roman Goddess Or an African warrior with my Tits out.  I would invite death  To pierce my soft underside, And thenContinue reading “I wish I was a fearless Roman Goddess”

Pandemic paradise: Waterfalls, crystal clear pools and hobbit huts in the Lake District

It’s mad. I’ve lived in England all my life. I’m a keen walker, I love nature, I studied Wordsworth at university, grew up enamoured by Peter Rabbit and all of his other fluffy little mates and yet, until Christmas 2020, I’d never been to the Lake District: THE most walkery, naturey, Wordsworthy, Peter Rabbity placeContinue reading “Pandemic paradise: Waterfalls, crystal clear pools and hobbit huts in the Lake District”

Week 2 on a ketotarian diet: who am I, why am I doing this and why should you care?

I used to write a lot of irreverent blogs about being ‘a bit too fat’. As a topic, I suppose it became my speciality. This is partly because, being British, I’m naturally compelled to make disparaging comments about my own appearance for everyone else’s amusement…but it’s also because that’s how I genuinely spent my entireContinue reading “Week 2 on a ketotarian diet: who am I, why am I doing this and why should you care?”

I’ve invented a nutritious & delicious vegan milkshake and you have to try it

Some people came out of lock-down with nothing to show but a deepened loathing for society, twitchy screen-eyes and some early symptoms of scurvy. Not me. I put my time to good use and, with the help of a slow masticating juicer, a smoothie making machine and having a long list of more pressing tasksContinue reading “I’ve invented a nutritious & delicious vegan milkshake and you have to try it”

How yoga can help you have more fun in life

At the moment life feels pretty serious, what with all the fears and stresses of the worldwide pandemic, and the way the threat of illness is changing the minutiae of our lives in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19 is forcing us to realise how fragile the systems we base our lives on are, and howContinue reading “How yoga can help you have more fun in life”

10 quickfire reasons why I’m happy to be nearly 30

I’m 30 soon. All my late twenties, 30 has loomed like a cloaked figure on a misty street, one gnarled finger beckoning me to some dark and terrible fate involving wrinkles, grey hairs, dead eggs, big bills, bigger hangovers, new fat deposits and a keener sense of my own mortality. Interestingly, the closer I creepContinue reading “10 quickfire reasons why I’m happy to be nearly 30”

5 activities to improve your wellbeing during coronavirus lock-down

There’s nothing more annoying than some self-professed wellbeing expert telling you how to live your life in the middle of a government-enforced lock-down. Especially when it’s threatening your livelihood and riddling you with anxious visions of a summer spent in a darkened room spooning jam into your mouth under your face-mask because all those peopleContinue reading “5 activities to improve your wellbeing during coronavirus lock-down”