The American author Helen Keller famously advised: "Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first!" We hear you, Helen.

In the lead-up to the launch of the quarterly issues of the magazine "Makarelle", we wanted to showcase some of the talented writers and visual artists exclusively on our website. We decided to call this section 'Syllabub', after a delicious Cornish dessert.

Our summer issue of Makarelle under the theme 'Tattoo' will be published on July 16th, 2021. Meanwhile, we will serve you two tattoo syllabubs every week. Stories will become visible from the dates given.
Watch this space!

Friday 18/06/2021: 'Flowers' Lucy Weaver

So I'd always considered a tattoo but they are so permanent that I couldn't decide on something I'd always love... Until I had Lillia and then it seemed apt to somehow have one as a permanent reminder of how lucky we are to have her! After 3 years of infertility, we finally went through IVF, and despite a very poor response to the treatment and an approximately 7% chance of success, we were shocked when they told us it had worked! The eggs were taken out on April Fool's Day then put back in on Good Friday and she was due Christmas Day so has always liked significant dates!! Unfortunately, she had to be delivered early by emergency c-section at 37 weeks but once again, we thanked our lucky stars she arrived safely, albeit only just over 5lb! My husband has several tattoos so was happy for me to get one but I decided I wanted it somewhere it could remain hidden if I want so it's on my hip just above the bottom of a swimsuit!! I drew it as a sketch first, combining Lillia's names by using a lily, a rose, and some ivy. I then contacted some tattoo artists but most of them wanted to use their own design rather than mine. However, I finally found a lady at Happy Tatts in Alresford who was happy to use my original drawing. I've now had it four years and recently have been considering adding to it! My mum and sister have both been talking about getting one so we are currently in discussion regarding an image we would all like so we can have the same.

Tuesday 22/06/2021: 'Egypt'

Jennifer Roberts

I’ve always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. I’ve done a course on it to improve my knowledge and I love the mythology and the religion that surrounds it.

I wanted to have something that represented that interest and I’ve had more added to it over the years.

Next month I’m having another one to complete the set on my back.

Friday 25/06/2021:

'Infinity Feather'

by Diane Errington

When I lost my husband a few years ago I was utterly devastated. He was the absolute love of my life and I felt lost without him.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that white feathers are the way people who have passed on remind their loved ones that they aren’t too far away, so I chose a design that incorporated a feather with the infinity symbol because I’ll never stop loving and missing him.