Why I’ll never be a fashion blogger (*weep*)

This post is in no way disparaging about fashion bloggers – let me say that before we go any further. In fact, I’d really love to be able to include fashion content on My Bellyful, but, sadly for me, I have absolutely no fashion sense WHATSOEVER (note that the capital letters highlight exactly how useless […]

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Why I (sometimes) use free images on my blog

Not that this is a confession or anything, but… You may have noticed that since returning from my blogging break at the beginning of the year, some of the images now featured on My Bellyful are credited to other people. I realise that using free images isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I’d […]

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Fiona of Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden and Anika of What She Did Next – thank-you ladies, this really does mean a lot to me! If you haven’t visited either of these blogs before, then I urge you to do so […]

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Bellyful of Art is changing…

Hey everyone! I have some really exciting news… So at the start of the year I mentioned that Bellyful of Art would be expanding its remit to include more life-orientated content and since January I have been getting a great response to the new posts that now feature on the blog. At the time, however, […]

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April: over-indulgence, unpredictability and the London Marathon

Oh dear, this is only the second instalment of my new monthly segment and already I’m running behind schedule! I’m blaming this lateness solely on the chocolate-induced stupor that has seen me nestled amongst crumpled foil and empty egg boxes since the Easter bank holiday weekend. Attempting to write whilst stuffing my face has been […]

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Summer Haiku

Dreaming about summer already… Winter left behind  as blue skies bring summer sun that warms skin, gently I don’t write a lot of poetry, but when I do I really enjoy it. I particularly love the challenge of writing a haiku though I’m conscious that my limited skills in this style of poetry are reflected […]

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The Shelter Boy

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Mr Abbott? Are you okay?’ My eyes open. A boy is watching me; I’m coughing. ‘Yes, yes. Sorry, David, I’m fine.’ I prise my face from the concrete wall and sit up straight, ‘Must have dozed off for a minute there.’ The boy is staring, his eyes fearful. I smile.…

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March: hot cross buns, IWD and the end of winter

I’m so pleased that this new monthly segment has started in March (yes, it would’ve made much more sense to start in January, but sadly good ideas aren’t always convenient or timely!). March, for me, marks a new beginning: we’ve struggled through the dark evenings and freezing temperatures proffered by January and February; we’ve fretted […]

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Train travel: A Daydreamer’s Haven

Let me start by saying this: I rarely travel on trains. Some might say that this makes me supremely under-qualified to write a precis on why train travel is a daydreamer’s haven, but I beg to differ. In fact, my general lack of travel by public transport of any means is perhaps the reason why […]

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Love and…

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Are you all right?’ Alison leans forward, a hand reaching out to touch Tim’s knee. ‘I’m fine. Really.’ ‘You’re very pale.’ ‘It’s the heat.’ He rearranges himself on the blanket, ‘I’m not very good with the heat.’ ‘You’ve always been okay with it before.’ ‘Well, it’s not normally this hot,…

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Good on Paper interview: Craig Parkinson

It’s been ages since I posted any kind of writing update and if you’ve read Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter… then you’ll understand why this update is so short! Though 2017 may not have been my most productive year in writing terms, I was given the wonderful opportunity last summer to interview […]

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The problem with (and joys of)…being an introvert

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” – Audrey Hepburn It would be fair to say that I have always been somewhat withdrawn. The questions: “You’re very quiet, are you all right?” and “You […]

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Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter…

I haven’t written on Bellyful of Art for a long time…an embarrassingly long time. 2017 brought with it more challenges than I ever could’ve imagined, and I struggled for a while to see where or how I could find a place for blogging in the clutter of endless paperwork and complex emotions that had become […]

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The Ultimate Writing Prompt

I’ve been fighting my way out of a writing rut recently; wrestling with intangible ideas, struggling to shape words into sentences. I find myself procrastinating, sitting in front of my computer idly searching the web, knowing that the best way to break the block is to write, no matter how awful the result. And yet… […]

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