Book review: The Motion of the Body Through Space

Lionel Shriver’s turn of phrase is an art form in this exploration of obsession, jealously and – ultimately – stoic love. From the very first line, Lionel Shriver’s The Motion of the Body Through Space sets the tone of wry commentary in a well-worn marriage, as the husband declares himself suddenly taken by the idea … More Book review: The Motion of the Body Through Space

Dipping a Toe

For a while I’ve been wanting a new challenge. It’s 5 years since I hiked Kilimanjaro, and I’ve been itching to find something new to get stuck into. My brief stint of rowing at uni left me disappointed and in pain for too long, renovating a house and planning a wedding these last two years has impeded regular climbing, and my joints take a lot … More Dipping a Toe

Big Sky Therapy

My whole life has been punctuated by some sort of worry. From 18 months old I had a phobia of dogs, and ended up going to a psychiatrist when my parents realised that my instinct to run away from the problem could lead to serious issues – namely running into the road in a state … More Big Sky Therapy

My Only Regret

For 3 years now, I’ve been saying my one regret in life is trying rowing when I was at university. I fell in love with the sport, became super fit, and thrived on the competition that drove me to the gym or the water 6 days a week. My heartache comes from the fact that … More My Only Regret

Take to the Water

It’s been a long and endless struggle, trying to find an aerobic exercise that I can do, enjoy, and doesn’t injure me. I’ve always had a problem with stitches when running, and have tried every trick in the book until I finally acceded that it just wasn’t for me. Rowing was a wonderful, exhilarating 6 … More Take to the Water

Another Year On

Let me preface this blog post with a word of acknowledgement. I know my injuries (if I can really call them that) are not life threatening, permanent, or drastically altering in any way. I am not belittling nor exaggerating either my own experiences or those of people who have suffered far more than me. But … More Another Year On

Finding That Foothold

I do enjoy a good climbing pun, but actually this post isn’t really all about climbing. In fact, it’s barely about climbing at all. It’s about swimming. I’ve not swum properly (eg. lengths, rather than paddling on holiday) for at least 5 years – definitely not since I started wearing contact lenses when I was … More Finding That Foothold