The official website for Tessa Barrie and her Alter Ego, Sally Edmondson, or is it the other way around? Home of the forgetfully funny Dotage Diaries and squibs about my life to date and how I've survived it.


I had never consciously thought about writing about my life but, subconsciously, I had been doing it for years. Blogging under the sub-heading of My Life to Date and How I’ve Survived It. That was the clue.

During Lockdown, I suddenly felt the urge to start writing about my life to date.  I had two large writing projects in the mix, which I should have been focussing on but, I couldn’t.   It was a surreal time, which gave us all so much time to reflect and to reminisce.  

A halcyon day – losing myself in the Indian Ocean 2013

Lockdown concentrated our minds about what we want to do with the rest of our lives when this weird period is finally behind us, and it also brought back colourful images of our halcyon days.  

Those memorable holidays in far-flung places, going to the theatre and being a part of the beating heart of London’s vibrant West End, or even an evening with friends in the pub. 

We are not out of the Coronavirus Woods yet, and the continuing threat of succumbing to COVID-19 galvanised me into recording some the events in my life to date, for posterity.  

My Life to Date and How I’ve Survived it by Sally Edmondson

is an ongoing project.

Writing for Your Life

My writing may never change the world or receive great accolades.  I am not an activist, philosopher or a scientist.  I don’t even dare to dream of aspiring to the elevated creative genius status enjoyed by J. K. RowlingMargaret Atwood and Zadie Smith, but I do still dream and I do have stories to tell.

For once in my haphazard life, I am focused.  focusedI am on a mission to harvest the characters and plots that have been ricocheting around in my brain for too long.  I am working on discipline but, for now, it eludes me. Every morning discipline jumps into my head, telling me I should structure my day, but I quickly dismiss it and just let rip.  So much to say, so little time.

I’ve been pussyfooting around this passion of mine for too long and now I feel like I am writing for my life.

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”

Annie Dillard


Thank you very much for visiting my niche-less blog! If you have time before you leave, would love you to tell us what you think. All the best, Tessa Barrie

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