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A letter to our MP, #LoveEqualMarriage

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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have launched a new campaign to encourage people to fight for equality and support same-sex marriage. They are calling for people to contact their MPs to offer a message of support for same-sex marriage and encourage them to vote in favour of the proposed legislation. Here is our letter: Mrs Louise Ellman MP House of… Read more »

Enduring love? Couple relationships in the 21st Century – part 1

TONIGHT WE HAD a visit from an Open University researcher who is working on a project called Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. My partner completed an online questionnaire a few months ago, and we were selected from almost 5,400 people who completed the questionnaire to be one of 60 couples who are interviewed for the second stage… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 11: Sweet #FMSphotoaday

A TASTE OF AUSTRALIA will be with us for Christmas this year – a ginger and banana Christmas pudding! Lighter and less rich than the traditional British pudding, my partner has been making this every Christmas for years, and I am delighted he has kept the tradition going since moving to the UK. He is a great cook, host and… Read more »

Photo A Day – December 8: Someone I love #FMSphotoaday

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY my partner and I had our first date. Little did we know as we met in that café that we would make the news in 2012 as the first couple in the UK to register a civil partnership in a place of worship. Yesterday I found myself on the news again, as the UK government leaked a report… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 17: Last thing I bought #FMSphotoaday

TODAY’S THEME WAS a tricky one – I am not a great shopper and I like to have one day a week when I stay at home and get things done. Today I did not venture out, so the last purchase I made was the flooring we chose for our newly decorated rooms. (I’m not counting the pints of Guinness… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 12: Drink! #FMSphotoaday

TONIGHT WE HAVE cleared the kitchen to make way for the decorator tomorrow. As I cleared the room I discovered these fine beverages. When we catered the reception for our civil partnership in May, we had wine left over, and received some alcohol as gifts too, so for a while we had an unprecedented and indecent amount of booze in the house!… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 6: My favourite #FMSphotoaday

SINCE TODAY WAS our ‘demiversary’ (six months since our civil partnership) I am cheating by sharing my favourite photo taken on that day instead of today. As my friend Sean catches the owl that flew the length of the church aisle carrying our rings, our family and friends looked on amazed, as we had kept this moment secret. This was… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 4: TV turn-off #FMSphotoaday

  THERE SEEMS to be a synchronicity about some of the Photo A Day prompts – Friday was about ‘Colour’ just as we are choosing our carpet colours, today is about TV, just as we are getting rid of ours. The decorator arrives tomorrow so we are clearing the lounge/dining room today. I put details of some bookshelves, the corner… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 3: A very British breakfast #FMSphotoaday

  FOR BREAKFAST this morning we had boiled egg and soldiers with a pot of Earl Grey tea. Each egg was delivered in style on the back of a Mini. These very British egg cups were a gift to us from one of our best friends for our civil partnership, to remind us of the fun we had trying to… Read more »

The scared and the sacred – Wrestling with identity

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THIS is a detail of Jacob Wrestling With The Angel, by Alexander-Louis Leloir (1865). I discovered this image as I began writing my coming-out-in-faith story. I believe the story which inspired it has something to teach us about our identity, which may explain its popularity as a source of inspiration for artists, and why it speaks to me of my own… Read more »