Calvary – Thank God for Fox Searchlight.

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It is very rare that a film compels me to pick up a pen and start writing.  Hollywood is a machine that continues to grind out soulless block busters.  Whilst studying for an MA in Creative and Professional Writing, my cohort was lucky enough to have Philip Reeve, Carnegie award-winning author of the Mortal Engines series as a guest speaker.  Reeve described Hollywood not as a town that makes movies but as a town full of lawyers making deals about movies. Continue reading

Delicious Devonshire Scones


My contribution to International Scone week, another ingenious idea from Ceilia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and her friends Heidi and Joanna. Enjoy!

Originally posted on SurreyKitchen:

We have just returned from a short break exploring the bleak and beautiful scenery of Dartmoor as well as Devon’s stunning coastline.  Parkers Farm ( is a family holiday park that I have been visiting with  since I was a child.  I have used it as a base in the winter months for white water kayaking trips with my husband and some of our more mentally unhinged friends.

With the rivers being low in the summer we decided to do some sea kayaking just out of Dartmouth.  One of the reasons I love sea kayaking is that like caving or mountain climbing, it is one of the few ways you can truly escape from everyone and everything in todays modern world.  I also have a strange fascination with sea caves and lighthouses which I blame on reading too many of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books as a kid.  It is

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Emma’s Lavender and Lemon Shortbread.


I was inspired to make lavender shortbread after going to see the purple spectacle at Mayfield farm in Ewell last week.  The family run farm grows lavender organically with no chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides and was awarded Soil Association status in 2009. Continue reading