I knew I was dreaming, though I’m not sure how. Dreaming, but in control at the same time. I was able to make conscious decisions and influence my surroundings, which was lucky, because I managed to wake myself up just as the giant spider was going to eat me alive.

 

Spider

** apologies to all my fellow arachnophobes for this photograph, but it had to be a decent size.

Great email mistakes #3

April 29, 2013

It was my dream job, the position I’d worked towards all my career, and I was in with a good chance of securing it. Having composed the perfect cover email I took a deep breath, clicked ‘send’ and let out a high pitched squeal. I’d forgotten to attach my CV.

 

paperclip

Her mistress’ voice

April 28, 2013

The terrier shelters from the storm beneath a tree, shivering, hungry and missing her home. Having given up barking for help, she whines only at the occasional passerby who is hurrying to get out of the rain. Then, at last, a friendly and familiar voice calls, “Molly, there you are.”

 

HMV

Great email mistakes #2

April 27, 2013

“Considering she’s my best friend, she’s such an idiot,” I typed, sending Julia’s email to the rest of the girls so they could all have a laugh at her expense. Soon a reply pinged into my inbox. “Consider that ex-best friend,” wrote Julia. Instead of ‘forward’ I’d accidentally hit ‘reply’.

 

Outlook

Mistaken identity

April 26, 2013

The Goldcrest pecked furiously at its unrelenting challenger, a rival male, uncannily equal in size and plumage. I admired his persistence, though if only he would pause and step back for a moment, his mistake would be plain to see. The small bird’s opponent was merely his own undaunted reflection.

 

Goldcrest

Photograph by my mum, taken through the skylight window of her art studio

Great email mistakes #1

April 25, 2013

“So, at what point, Martin,” the Managing Director queried, using my name quite deliberately, “were you going to tell me?” I panicked. Was she referring to my disastrous monthly sales figures? Or the fact that I’d just accidentally emailed our entire client base my first attempt at writing erotic literature?

 

Erotic literature

On this day

April 24, 2013

The date is April 24th, the year 1066. A blazing comet has appeared in the sky, which is surely a bad omen for Harold and his army. Any battle with the Normans will be a bloody one, and many fear that William of Normandy could become King William of England.

 

Tapestry cropped

A simple explanation

April 23, 2013

Staying the night at a friend’s country house, I was woken by a cold wind blowing across my face. Even in the darkness I could see the smiling old woman at the foot of the four-poster bed. “That’s my grandmother,” explained Matilda in the morning, “she died twelve years ago.”

 

Country house

An endangered species

April 22, 2013

“Daddy, why’s the sky blue?” asked six year old Joshua. “Let’s Google it,” offered his father, unsure of the answer himself. “But I want to look it up in a book,” the boy insisted. “Oh. I see.” He turned to his wife. “Do we have any books?” “No, love, sorry.”

book resizedPhotograph by Tuku

Silent witness

April 21, 2013

The mime began his performance, hoping to earn a little extra to pay the bills. The crowd showed its appreciation of his physical and visual jokes by tossing small change into a hat on the pavement, until a thief ran off with it. Ever the professional, the mime said nothing.

 

small change

Photograph by Tudor