My Etsy shop – finally!

Finally got round to selling my handmade cards. Named my Etsy shop after my much-loved and much-missed mum, Caroline, who died in April 2017. She always encouraged my creativity and I dedicate my miscellaneous arts and crafts to her. And besides, I’ve got to do something with all the cards I made during those horrible…

Hope

The perfect reflection of sky in still water. The sudden illumination of a snow-capped mountain as the shadows shift. The soft clouds which hang wistfully in the valley or gather round the highest peaks. Georgia was definitely a good choice of holiday destination, I think to myself with deep satisfaction.  It’s beautiful here. I want…

My neighbourhood is on fire

My neighbourhood is on fire. What sticks in my mind? Waking up to the news that a huge building in my area is on fire? Realising that people have died and many more will be traumatised for life by their near escape? Realising that this building is right next to my old primary school and…

Seeing angels

I stopped because I needed to catch the scent of the blossom and because tiredness and sadness were making my feet too heavy to move. The old man shuffled down Harlesden High Street in comfortable robes and an embroidered fez-like hat that looked made for Eritrean weather not this chilly spring day. Leaning on his…

For life, not just for Christmas

Last week, I stood in the not-so-little town of Bethlehem looking up at the city’s dividing wall. Though somewhat beautified by thought-provoking art, it’s still a powerful symbol of injustice and makes daily life horrific for many. But then, as the sun rose at the start of today, I listened to the happy news that the UN…