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Foxy by 40 – You are a Shark!

July & August update for Operation Foxy By 40: sewing, shark mantras, cat quilts and the meaning of life. A new hobby This year Gareth is deep into restoring a vintage motorcycle, a 1976 Honda CB750. Much of its dismembered innards are currently living under our bed in neatly labelled boxes. I’m often called into the Read More

Oh Rio, Rio

I love the Olympics. I measure life in Olympiads. It’s a nice handy unit of time, more interesting than your usual years and minutes and so forth. Thus, it’s been six Olympiads since my sister was born. I blogging for an Olympiad. And it’s been an Olympiad since I bought new trainers. I must buy Read More

Friday reading for you

Hello comrades! I’ll be back en blog next week, but wanted to share that I finally zapped out my monthly newsletter today. Only 29 months since the last one! In a moment of madness I put “Greetings, friends and Russian spammers” as the subject line, since so many of my subscribers are Russian spambots. But this Read More

Foxy by 40 – June 2016

Some updates on Operation Foxy by 40… This is 66 The Mothership is back into orbit after a month in the UK. The pinnacle of the trip was a jaunt to Manchester to see her beloved band Heart in concert, to belatedly celebrate her 60th. I had no expectations other than fervently hoping that those giants of 70s Read More

Breathe into a paper bag

This is a space to acknowledge the incomprehensible muck of the past week that I’m having trouble articulating beyond retweeting other people’s witty things. (It appears there is no plan. I don’t like not having a plan. This comes from having a Mum that quizzed me every morning as I sleepily slurped my cornflakes, “Right Shauna, what’s Read More

Meditation with Don Draper

There’s a number of items that I write on my Things To Try This Year list each January, never actually do, then faithfully carry forward to the next list. Top of the list was meditation. I’d tried about nine different meditation apps in an attempt to calm the chattering mind, but always found a nit-picky reason to abandon Read More

Operation Foxy By 40

There was an olive in my bra! It was green and fridge-cold. I’d been scoffing them straight from the jar when the rogue fella slipped and disappeared down the front of my t-shirt. The olives were a hasty 3pm lunch on a wet and windy Friday last November. I’d been installed on the couch avec laptop since 9am, a mere Read More

The Mothership at 60

Today The Mothership turns 60! I stand by all the warm and fuzzy things I wrote on her 50th, so I wanted to share with you ten of my favourite Mothership moments. Happy birthday, dearest Mum – I love you loads. Thank you for keeping me on the straight and narrow for 38.5 years. Thank you for providing me with Read More

Up & Running 5K Course starts Monday

A quick shoutout: we have an Up & Running 5K course starting on Monday! We’re running it as a live group again, as opposed to self-study, so you’d be part of a great global group of women all starting at the same time. The 8-week course gets you ready to complete a 5K. Julia is a Read More

The Magic Cottage

I have to mention another life-affirming weekend, way back at the end of January. Not to say the default harrumph-around-the-house weekends aren’t life affirming, but anyway… The sassy Sas invited me and three fellow self-employed ladies to the Cotswolds for what she dubbed a #ladybossretreat. Show More Summary

Here’s Ziggy!

There’s a fair bit to catch up on from the past two months but first we need to get the CAT SPAM out of the way. Yes, it finally happened. As so many of you said it would. We got a cat! And she’s a non-Neighbour Cat, too! Her name is Ziggy and she’s a 2.5 year Read More


Amsterdam is the best Euro Weekend Destination from Scotland, I reckon. There’s other cities you can fly to in the same amount of time, but Amsterdam is the perfect blend of Different Enough From Home and Non-Painful Journey From The Airport. It also brings that miraculous feeling of childhood day trips to Orange – you travel Read More

Like a goose

It’s one of those projects you start then immediately wonder why the bloody hell you started. We’re painting the inside walls of the garage, or more accurately Gareth’s Hobby Lair. It’s home to bicycles, motorbikes, home made home brewing contraptions, tools of many kinds. Shortly after we moved in he noticed that the garage floor Read More

2015 Review Thingo

Happy new year, comrades! Here’s the seventh annual installment of Review Thingo. Previous episodes: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. 1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Visited Orkney with Mothership. Went to The Ashes cricket at Lord’s. Show More Summary

Everyday Life: October and November 2015

There’s much more to Vienna than schnitzel, but two months on it shines in the memory like a tender, crispy beacon. Rhiannon and I spent a weekend in Vienna for a two-years-overdue celebration of Ten Years Living In The UK. When not busy gnawing schnitzels, my jaw was dropped in awe at the State Hall of the Read More

Return to The Kingdom

After two great years the Highland Experiment is over. We’re moving back to the Fife! Update: we’ve moved back to Fife! We’ve been here five weeks now and it’s taken me awhile to emerge from a pile of work and boxes. Luckily Jennette and I had scheduled a blogging pact break so the Conservative Party is none the richer for my slacktitude. There were Read More

Everyday Life: September 2015

Crikey, I’m way behind on life! There’s so much to catch up on. First of all: September report. September was obviously a hard month with losing our lovely friend Clare at the start of it. There doesn’t seem to be anything stage-like about the Stages of Grief at all. They happen out of order and/or at the same time Read More

I hope you catch lots of bugs in your remaining years

^ That’s what Gareth said in farewell to Neighbour Cat as he left for work on Friday morning. The black & white assassin is finally away to her new house, fifteen months since she first sauntered into our living room uninvited. We were so lucky to get seven bonus weeks of cat sitting. Her owner was full Read More

Everyday Life: August 2015

It would be easy to post this idyllic scene without comment, and make August look so darn wholesome and perfect… …but if you pulled back the frame you’d have seen the car park full of cars and my forlorn expression as we’d just found out there was nae room at the Old Mill Inn for dinner. I was Read More

Remembering Clare

Two weeks ago my friend Clare passed away and I miss her so much. She was a beloved member of the Up & Running community and a huge part of the last four-and-a-bit years, sharing many globetrotting adventures and thousands of forum words with us. I’ve been writing down fragments of memories, to make sure I get down all the Read More

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