First reader to send me a witty and relevant spiel, preferably in verse and under 60 words, gets a half dozen macaroons through the post (make sure you add your name and postal address to your message). Entries to this unbeatable contest should be sent to:


Warm thanks to the kind readers who keep pitching up and visiting, helping the blogophyte find her feet and pace.  A lot more to learn and to bring you, but at least we’re now toddling along.  And to those who have signed up to the mailing list, special thanks. It’s a big help to write for an audience at least some of whom have names and even faces known to me.

In case you missed earlier posts, or would like to revisit, I am working on some archive pages. First up will be the quotations featured to date, soon ready for you to stroll about. For now, enjoy a new batch of quotes, metaphors, triologisms and words on this page, and a review of the wise, playful and beautifully written adventure story, The Little White Horse, complete with recipes for pies and biscuits inspired by the book and created by Fiction Food.

Photo credits: baby in bath by Lhbomir Manzheley; macaroons by Baher Khairy, both at

Playful contest closing date: 31 October 2016… or earlier if a dazzler of an entry takes the biscuit.


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