5 Reasons why this season is Fr-Autumn

5 Reasons why this season is Fr-Autumn

Five reasons this season should be named Fr-autumn   Many people consider autumn their favourite season. I can understand why; long weekend walks kicking through crisp leaves, the smell of burning logs, clear skies and stunning woodland colours. But let me remind you...
We Should Not Sweat Exams!

We Should Not Sweat Exams!

It’s ironic really that some genius in the academic world had the smart idea to schedule national examinations during Scotland’s best chance of decent weather. We have a tiny window of opportunity – barely a porthole – for the sun to shine in Scotland. Yes, we’re...
Love Libraries

Love Libraries

Like many writers, I grew up in libraries: primary school, high school, college and universities, hospitals and local council. One of my earliest reading memories is The Tiger Who Came to Tea – something I’d never cope with as an adult! Most Saturdays were spent...
Walking improves creative thinking!

Walking improves creative thinking!

Every Sunday my friends and I try to go hillwalking – mostly in the Pentlands, overlooking Edinburgh. Over the years we’ve had many experiences and all weathers!   My weekly #Pentlands hike   Set off on Turnhouse, Carnethy, Scald Law, Keep on climbing...
My 5 Favourite Soups

My 5 Favourite Soups

Soup Is The New Coffee is the story of two girls’ rivalry (or ladlery) over the soup business. Here are some of my favourite soups:   ​Lentil – King of Soups! A firm favourite but, in all honesty, it’s mostly because it’s the only soup I can make without a...
My 5 Tips for Writing

My 5 Tips for Writing

I like to develop characters that I enjoy spending time with. They’re not based on actual people but, if they feel like friends to me, then I hope they will feel real to other people.   I do my thinking while I walk – and I walk miles! It means that when I sit down to...