Tag: Suffolk

Nanny ‘Snips

  “I remember an old woman with long white hair, in two plaits.  She is sitting in a rocking chair, gently rocking back and forth as she watches the flames flicker in the fireplace.  She has an old cream coloured, woolly shawl around her shoulders.  Beneath that, a white blouse.  She is wearing long, heavy,…

Ringing the Bells of Change

Today, I have been reflecting about the lovely clinic in Wickham Market that I now practice from as one of my therapy venues.  Depending on the day and time, I sometimes arrive to the cheerful sound of a peel of Church bells.  This always makes me smile, as I think of busy villagers getting ready…

Words in Cryogenic Suspension

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” – Saul Bellow. From midnight to 3am, while my village falls silent and stars twinkle against the vast blackness of the sky.  While most people around me travel to the ‘Land of Nod’ to experience adventurous dreams.  While…

Let’s Get Physical

Over the last week, I did something rather extraordinary, for me!  I signed up to membership of our local Leisure Centre! I now have access to use of all of the facilities; including gym, pool and the various classes that run from there.  I have ordered some new gym wear and I have booked myself…

10 Year Landmark!

In 2008, I set up my own practice. This year, I celebrate running my practice for 10 years! This year, 2018, my practice continues to develop, with the addition of ‘Writing Services’; an aspect of my work which will continue to be developed over the coming year.  A huge thank you to all of my…

Dear Conservative Govt.

Today, I need to share something about how appalled I am at our Government.  I was shocked, recently, by a decision affecting my mother’s care.  Our lovely Conservative Government and Conservative Local Authority, continues to make the rich in our society richer, while cutting back vital support for the poor and disabled.  Our Prime Minister…

Bridging the Divide

In 2003, I worked in a role that supported Victims of Hate Crime.  My counselling and psychotherapy skills were used to support men and women who had been targeted by abuse and violence due to being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or other similar defined status.  I also supported those who had been targeted by prejudice and…

The Cathedral to Bygone Days

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I would recommend to anyone who may be feeling isolated, in some way disconnected from their local community or simply just in need of distraction, to consider visiting local venues of interest.  A museum, for example, can help us to feel connected to our local community, it can help us…

At the Waterfront

The town of Ipswich has an improving reputation as a place to be.  Having lived in this English county of Suffolk for almost ten years, I still find myself surprised by people’s reaction to Ipswich.  No sooner than I mention the name of the town, than the response is an almost automatic “Oh, but it’s…

A Swash-Buckling Day

It’s that time of year when people across this nation get excited about festivals.  Across the UK, people have started preparing for, or attending, the many festivals that sparkle throughout these islands.  I live in beautiful England and already my own village, in the picturesque county of Suffolk, has held a Flower Festival in our…