Apperley Bridge Marina- Open Day


Apperley Bridge Marina in West Yorkshire held a fantastic open day yesterday, to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Leeds Liverpool canal.

Kirsten Savage, my sister and wonderful cover artist for Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft, joined me at a small small selling my book, her art, and some lovely hand made whistles and runestones crafted by our dad.


The sun battled with strong winds which threatened to have the canvases all over the marina! It was a gorgeous day though, I’m looking forward to the next event here. The marina itself is beautiful, there are plenty of birds (see the swans above) and plenty of quiet spots to sit and reflect.

Summer Adventures: Temple Newsam


Jim, Nathan and I made the most of the sun by heading down to Temple Newsam Home Farm in Leeds.

Nathan befriended a sheep and was freaked out by the apiary, which I, conversely, found fascinating. We saw baby rabbits, squirrels and had a magpie visit our lunch table. Less than a tenner for all four of us, not bad value considering the smiles we got out of it. All in all a lovely day. 

By the Sea


Under windswept trees 

I close my eyes 

I am surrounded by the seas.
Oceanic,

Sweeping over

Through 

Beyond me.
Beeches,

No beaches

But the waves are the same.
White horses gallop

Through my tired mind.
I am surrounded by the seas.
Rushing towards

Blinkered eyes

Illusion of sound

All around me.
I am surrounded by the seas.
Green and lush

Ever moving

Never still

Nor calm

Nor gentle…
Leaves for seaweed;

Cones for shells;

Birds for flying fish

Humans for sharks:

Avoided.
Like a rock

I wash up beneath my tree

Surrounded by the sea,

The sighing, crying sea.

Politics for the People

Posted about a year ago. Seems very relevant today. More politicians like this please. #MondayBlogs

Sounds of Time

I was really moved by MP Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the House of Commons. If you haven’t yet heard it, please go take a listen. She joins Jeremy Corbyn as one of the few MPs that are addressing the fact that our current government does not speak for the majority of the people in the UK. She hits every nail on the head, and I can only hope that these nails hammer hard into the coffin of our outdated, archaic government.

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United Kingdom

Oh to be united
No hate, no faces blighted
With the frown and fierce expression
From the guts and buts in session.

Oh to be together
Facing future, stormy weather
Hand and hearts: a strong foundation
Revolution, revelation.

Oh to be a nation
Full of fine, high expectation
No berating, no more hating
We all voted, now we’re waiting

For the penny to drop
For the slander to stop
For the high-ups to hold up their hands
Stand together, as we leave 27 other lands.

Oh to be united
Feeling hopeful, and excited
We left, it’s done, don’t cry
Smile as we say ‘Goodbye’.

Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft OUT NOW!

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It’s finally here: My second book, Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft, is launched today.  I’ll be reading from the book and doing a little talk at Waterstones in Leeds at 7pm tonight, so if you’re in the area please pop in. I will be joined by the cover artist, Kirsten Savage, who will be displaying more of her fantastic artwork including some never before seen pieces.

There will be mead and cake, though the cake tends to disappear quickly, so get in while you can! There will also be some Beltane themed magic for you to dabble in.

The Kindle Edition is only £2.84 at the moment, so grab yourself a bargain here!

Day Nine: Anxious

I rarely say
What I am feeling
When anxiety takes hold
For I may
Be fairly reeling
And not nearly quite so bold

And cold it is, this mind of mine.

I often smile
And teeth are grit
When anxiety is near
Because I want
To just be normal
Not a prisoner of fear

Yet here it is, this mind of mine.

I want to fall
My fists still beating
When anxiety’s inside
Rail against
My brain’s foul cheating
Feeling that I may have died

I tried, oh mind of mine.