Real life

If I told my new friend the truth, our friendship would be over

17 June 2023 9:00 am

‘Achoo!’ was the first thing the girl sitting next to me on the plane said as I took my seat…

My rodent house guest has a Benadryl habit

10 June 2023 9:00 am

The mouse has been eating his way through the medicine cabinet to the extent that I am really quite frightened…

The BB wants to put my dream farm on a skip

3 June 2023 9:00 am

‘Have you got your passport? Your phone? Your wallet?’ The builder boyfriend patted his pockets and told me not to…

I have found heaven in West Cork

27 May 2023 9:00 am

A bay mare was standing over a foal curled up sleeping at her feet. Yawning and struggling to keep her…

How not to conduct a house viewing

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The lady standing on the doorstep did not need to tell me what she thought of my house, because the…

Why do people assume I am posh?

13 May 2023 9:00 am

If we cram any more doctors into our spare rooms we can put a sign outside advertising NHS accommodation. We…

Real life

6 May 2023 9:00 am

The vegans have landed in West Cork

29 April 2023 9:00 am

After a day’s house-hunting in West Cork, I texted the builder boyfriend to say that we were too late. The…

Real life

22 April 2023 9:00 am

How to outsmart a mouse

15 April 2023 9:00 am

‘Mr Mouse’s days of fine dining are over,’ said the builder boyfriend as he put the finishing touches to his…

Power-crazed zealots have taken over Surrey AA

8 April 2023 9:00 am

‘What’s Bill W. got to do with it?’ said one of the committee members to the others as they discussed…

My pony has an astonishing digestive system

1 April 2023 9:00 am

The pony grabbed the bag of carrots and ran across the field with it in her mouth, tail in the…

The builder boyfriend is no figment of my imagination

25 March 2023 9:00 am

The lady who walks her dog past my horses every day was obviously eager to tell me something. I have…

The rise of the village poo-painters

18 March 2023 9:00 am

After they banned horses from the village green and surrounding common land, I set about trying to find out why,…

The case against a cashless society

11 March 2023 9:00 am

‘We don’t take cash,’ said the boy behind the counter in Pret after I tried to hand him a £5…

Real life

4 March 2023 9:00 am

The limits of left-wing inclusivity

25 February 2023 9:00 am

When we put the house on the market, my environmentally conscious neighbours disappeared on a holiday so long I asked…

My eight-year campaign to cancel my mobile phone contract

18 February 2023 9:00 am

The man in the phone shop greeted me with what I presume is a look specifically designed and reserved for…

Real life

11 February 2023 9:00 am

Driving through the road widening works at junction ten, I noticed a horse being ridden down a muddy passageway that…

Real life

4 February 2023 9:00 am

The rise of the johnny-come-lately anti-vaxxer

28 January 2023 9:00 am

‘No way am I having it now,’ said a friend, as she insisted on discussing the latest scare stories. And…

Our toxic relationship with the NHS

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

The nurse fixed me with a disapproving stare: ‘Why is there such a gap between these prescriptions?’ I had gone…