Crossing the Threshold: Mortality and the Paris Catacombs

The bones are artfully built up into a wall, mainly with long bones – femurs and the like – layered with a row of skulls here and there. They grin at us as we shuffle by. Barely daring to look, we are a funeral procession for the long-dead. … More Crossing the Threshold: Mortality and the Paris Catacombs

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As The Romans Do: Connecting to the Ancients in Bath

Stepping out onto the terrace above and surrounding the main pool as I exited the ticket room, I’m struck by the magnificent blend of ancient and modern. Statues of emperors and early governors of Britain stand over the pool and its visitors, their blank eyes staring sightlessly across the milky blue-green water. … More As The Romans Do: Connecting to the Ancients in Bath

In The Interim: The Forest Path

As soon as we stepped out of sight of the road, I was struck by the utter silence that enveloped us. After moving to the city, one never encounters silence. There are always the sounds of cars, of voices, of machines humming away through the night. It’s ceaseless, and staying at my boyfriend’s house down south is my getaway from the city bustle. This bushwalk was the extension of this – purely soundless. … More In The Interim: The Forest Path

What Lies Beyond: Visiting Hadrian’s Wall

It must have seemed like the end of the world. Up to the horizon there is nothing but meadowland – there are no signs of civilisation as far as the eye can see. The vastness makes one feel so small; I can’t help but feel uneasy. For a Roman, that land was unknown and unknowable. The wall kept the unfamiliar out and the known world in. To me, it felt like coming home. … More What Lies Beyond: Visiting Hadrian’s Wall

I Won’t Make Any Sewing Puns: Foraying Back Into Needlecraft

I love embroidery. Over every other creative endeavour, stitching brings me the most peace and satisfaction. Often as I stitch I sit in the same room as my boyfriend while he works for the day, and together we make a fine picture – me sewing away and him tapping at the keyboard. … More I Won’t Make Any Sewing Puns: Foraying Back Into Needlecraft

Journal-Keeping as Remedy: How I Learned to Start Writing Again

The New Year is the perfect time to begin keeping a journal, especially for those who wish to get back into writing. When you’ve been struggling to put words on the page for work or for yourself, journaling is a low-stress option to encourage creativity and de-clutter the mind. … More Journal-Keeping as Remedy: How I Learned to Start Writing Again