Travelling as a coeliac

Gone are the days of spontaneously dropping into restaurants, of grabbing local fare from off-the-beaten track cafes, of wandering freely and never having to think ahead.

#Sorrynotsorry – why I’m no longer apologising

People with coeliac disease, we the gluten intolerant of the world, do not choose this ‘lifestyle’. It is not a ‘fad’. It is not something that we do to make ourselves stand out, or to be an inconvenience. We don’t take pleasure in checking the back of every packet and learning all the ingredients that are safe to eat, or making sure that that bold allergen label doesn’t say ‘gluten’ or ‘produced in a facility that handles gluten’.

Thanksgiving at the Summer Solstice

This week was the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a sacred day, the longest day and shortest night of the Year. In Celtic lore, this was the night when the Holly King and the Oak King battle for supremacy as the Wheel of the Year turns. At midsummer, the Holly King defeats the…

5 Things I love about living in Edinburgh

  I still can’t believe that it’s been two weeks since I moved to Scotland. Even saying the words feels a little like playing make-belief with friends. But then I walk outside into the chilly afternoon, and find myself on cobbled streets, surrounded by Georgian builds and there…the castle looming over the city and it…

Starting afresh

As I craned my neck, sprawled across the three central seats on the almost empty airplane, I hoped the guy sitting at the window cross the aisle didn’t think I was checking him out. I’d been twisting and turning trying to see out the window for awhile, and he kept catching my eye. Awkward. I…

Imbolc and new beginnings

Imbolc (pronounced EE-MOLG) is one of the Celt’s four fire festivals and commemorates the change of seasons from winter to spring. The 2nd of February is also known as Candlemas and Brigid’s Day. This Sabbath celebrates the first signs of spring, and the successful passing of winter. It’s a day when the ancient Celts honoured the…

New year, new cycle, new me

For those of you who know a little about numerology, you might have heard that last year we were in a Universal 9 year (2+0+1+6 = 9). This means the year was focused a lot on bringing up issues, and forcing us to let go of things that no longer served our highest good. I…