Funerals for Children; The Gentle Celebrant’s Guide

COMING SOON Pre-term | Stillborn | Infant | Toddler | Young child | Teenager | Adult Children Creating and officiating the funeral of a child is, quite possibly, one of the most challenging jobs of a funeral celebrant. This is not easy work and should only be undertaken with a deep sense of reverence, gentleness […]

The Soapmaker: experiencing place

Reflective Essay for MA Creative Writing © Veronika Robinson This is the reflective essay (a mix of personal reflection and academic research) that I submitted with my portfolio for module two of my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing in 2020 (University of Cumbria). The topic of the module was: Experiencing Place. I have explored this […]

The Soapmaker

The soaps from Dragonfly Cottage are highly sought after for their ability to change people’s lives. Grace Lysander, a third-generation soapmaker, crafts artisan botanical soaps from her studio in rural Cumbria. Homesick for Australia, and balancing her life as a single mother alongside a thriving business, she knows that there’s no point being a soapmaker […]

The Creative

I am blessed to belong to a family of creatives. My mum, one of the most creative women I’ve ever met, has been such an inspiration to me. She sewed ragdolls and clothes, built wooden castles, erected a flying fox so we could swing through our huge rural garden, created wonderfully tasty food, played mandolin, […]

Forever in Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans loves his life in the city with five-year-old Lily, but when she outgrows him he’s sent to her cousin in the countryside. Everything about his new life is different, but before long he learns to love living there. The following year, he’s no longer needed. What will happen to him? Educational themes: moving, […]

Recipe for Love

On the same day that Mahalia Mason moved to her late grandfather’s country homestead, she was reunited with the neighbour, Beau Candler, a Bluegrass country music producer. The last time she saw him, she was just seventeen. Despite the passing years, and her career success as a chef, Mahalia never got over her teenage crush. […]

House of Hearts

Self-made millionaire, Simon Beaudin, is on sabbatical to finish his book on recession-proof businesses. The boutique shop House of Hearts in Rainbow Valley is recommended as a possible option. The name of the business is enough to turn him off, but when he meets Soraya Juniper, the successful business owner, he’s completely turned on and he’ll do […]

Love in a Scottish Storm

Liesel Eather has just one thing to do before she gets married: travel around Europe. And she insists on going alone. When Liesel drives up to the private castle of Isaac Heathfield, ignoring all the Do Not Trespass signs, she tells herself it’s the last adventure before getting married. Isaac is in no mood for […]