Category Archives: Travel

The Life And Times Of A Transient Journalist


I am most definitely not dead, but a lot of things have been happening – both to me and for me. My time has recently been taken up with gardening, cross-stitch, writing for What Culture, running a Facebook group with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, A Madman With A Box, Accomplishments, Birds, Blogging, Caring For Feathered Friends, Doctor Who, Gardening, Hobbies, Home, Home Crafts, Hope Orchard, Journalism, Marriage, Mason Kayne, Media, Travel, Travelling, Tribble Towers, TV, Wedding, What Culture, Writing | 8 Comments

Growing Up Aged Thirty Nine And A Half


Growing up is something that I tried to avoid for all of my life until now. I inherited Romani blood which runs hot in my veins; I am an autumn child who has spent many years floating free with no … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, A Madman With A Box, Acceptance, Adventures, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Attitudes, Disability, Fezes Are Cool, Geekiness, Health, Hobbies, Home, Homelessness, Hope, Love, Marriage, Memories, Navel Gazing, Neurological, Reminiscense, Romany Gypsy, Self, Tales Of The Rambling Rose, The Black Dog, Travel, Tribble Towers, Vulnerability, Women's Institute | 20 Comments

Epilepsy, Disability And Idiocy


“MOVE IT!” I had just hobbled off the coach, en route to my home town to visit with my son. London Victoria is where I had to change to a different coach, and I was looking forward to the two-hour … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Abusive Behaviour, Anxiety, Attitudes, Autism, Autism Awareness, Body Image, Book, Born This Way, Bullying, Disability, Discomfort, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Awareness, Harrassment, Health, Hope Orchard, Illness, Neurological, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Perception, Proud To Be Autistic, Reading on the move, Seizures, Self-worth, Tales Of The Rambling Rose, The Ignorance Of Strangers, Travel, Travelling, Unacceptable Behaviour, Vulnerability | 34 Comments

Preparing For Christmas


Because our friends and family are scattered all over the country, we at Tribble Towers really have to plan ahead, and even then we can’t fit everybody in! Yesterday I made my now-famous (sort of) piccalilli – with a difference. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Accomplishments, Adventures In Preserves, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Born This Way, Christmas, Cookery, Cooking, Creativity, Cross-stitch, Disability, Doctor Who, Doctor Who Scarf, Family, Fandom, Food, Fun, Geekiness, Growing Gifts, Hobbies, Home Crafts, Homemaking, I Stitch So I Don't Stab Stupid People, Kitchen Witchy, Neurological, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Proud To Be Me, The Things I Do In The Name Of Fandom!, Travel, Travelling, TV | 16 Comments

Gypsy Road – Part Two


How Did I Meet My Ex-Husband Anyway? He was on a street corner late at night, guitar in hand and singing his heart out. A lonely busker, out past midnight in the hope that clubbers would drop him some money.

Posted in Abusive Behaviour, Acceptance, Adapting, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Fear, Fight For Your Rights, Hidden Homeless, Homelessness, Living On The Edge, Marriage, Memories, Positivity, Proud To Be Me, Refusing To Be Beaten, Romany Gypsy, Self, Strength, Tales Of The Rambling Rose, Tenacity, Travel, Travelling | 19 Comments

Gypsy Road – Part One


After my ex-partner made me homeless I chose to return to my ancestral Romani roots and hit the road for a while. After all, I had always wanted to leave my home town and I had friends throughout the British … Continue reading

Posted in Abusive Behaviour, Adapting, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Friends, Hidden Homeless, Homelessness, Life Plans, Living On The Edge, Memories, Romany Gypsy, Tales Of The Rambling Rose, Travel, Travelling | 7 Comments

The Grievers, Cheltenham And Epilepsy Awareness


On the way home from Cheltenham on Sunday, I finished my Kindle copy of The Grievers by Marc Schuster. Intelligently, sensitively written, the book is dark, thought-provoking, edgy, stark, bitter-sweet, melancholy and screamingly funny by turns. Others have already written … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Accomplishments, Adapting, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Autism, Blogging, Born This Way, Disability, Epilepsy, Family, Marriage, Neurological, Proud Parent Of An Autistic Child, Proud To Be Autistic, Proud To Be Me, Reading, Travel | 17 Comments

Christmas At Tribble Towers


Just two more days to go, and here at Tribble Towers we are more or less ready. Family (mine) has been visited, gifts traded, pickles created and menus planned. I still have to wrap a couple of gifts and make … Continue reading

Posted in Accomplishments, Christmas, Creativity, Doctor Who, Family, Fandom, Food, Friends, Health, Home Crafts, Homemaking, Kitchen Witchy, Love, Travel, Yule | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

The Christmas Adventure Begins Here


For us it does, anyway; Tribble Towers has a lot to do. Tomorrow we are travelling to my hometown of Cheltenham for a weekend: This is part of the town centre. It is a really beautiful place, but I don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Accomplishments, Adventures In Preserves, Christmas, Family, Food, Home Crafts, Travel | 2 Comments

Sunday Update


On Pickling: Well, I got the chutney finished and jarred yesterday; it only needed a further two hours (why cook so much of it Gem?) and it came out looking like this: I used all kinds of things in here; … Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Christmas, Creativity, Family, Home Crafts, Homemaking, Love, Travel, Yule | 2 Comments