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Border Lines · 3W ago

A mother & daughter moment with pastel de nata

So the 15-year-old has just been to Portugal. She came home longing for those gorgeous, sticky custard pastries whose sweetness is so cleverly balanced by an ethereal hint of lemon and cinna...
Border Lines · 4W ago

Community green spaces: a precious commodity

One of the most cherished and central aspects of community life is shared green spaces – areas where people congregate, walk the dog, go for a run, enjoy a moment of contemplation, take in a...
Border Lines · 4W ago

Mouth of the Tweed: inspired by local produce

Today I toddled along to the sixth Annual Mouth of the Tweed event here in Berwick-upon-Tweed. There’s a nice buzz on the quayside as tourists and locals sample food and drink from the dozen...
Border Lines · 2M ago

Dirty rice: an easy filthy treat!

No sooner had I read Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for Dirty Rice in The Guardian than marvellous MasterChef contestant Alison was cooking it on the BBC TV programme (her own version). Sadly for...
Border Lines · 4M ago

I’m aware of bowel cancer. Obvs. But I don’t fit the profile, do I?

It’s bowel cancer awareness month. The thing about awareness is that it doesn’t necessarily equate to action. And it’s action as well as awareness that Bowel Cancer UK are focusing on this m...
Border Lines · 5M ago

Scanning for stress: the villanelle

I’ve always enjoyed writing poetry. A good poem captures the essence of a moment or idea and satisfies the reader and writer in a way that is quenching. However, studying poetry during the c...
Border Lines · 5M ago

Hippotherapy – horses bring movement and smiles to children with disabilities

Originally posted on Border Lines: Angela Torsch is a petite dynamo of a woman. Words tumble from her with amazing rapidity and fierce focus as she explains the methods, benefits and joys of...
Border Lines · 6M ago

World Cancer Day – Feb 4th 2017

Here’s a scary selfie to encourage you to support World Cancer Day on February 4th. Bowel Cancer UK is one of the ten charities aiming to get people talking about particular cancers, spottin...
Border Lines · 7M ago

Today is the time and place for miracles

We invest so much into beginnings. We wish for better. Or for different. Or for change. And New Year is the classic time when we decide this is the moment that it’s all going to happen. It’s...
Border Lines · 9M ago

Death is dry

I wrote this poem following the recent death of my mum. It somehow seems appropriate to share it today when people are remembering those who have died in conflict. My mum remembered World Wa...