Life

Bees flying around the entrance to their nest as seen from inside our house.
Glorious Bees

We have a bees’ nest. The joy of living on the edge of woodland is the high frequency of wildlife to our garden, and it appears that this year the…

Boy pulling on long socks
The Big “Why?”

When we were on the verge of becoming parents, we were showered with well-meaning advice and recollections from people who had ‘been there, done that’. One recurring comment was that…

The words 'twenty questions' written on a notepad
Twenty Questions

I was challenged to join in some more fun this week, in the form of answering 20 questions about myself. I love things like this, so without further ado, here…

Sun
Blogger Recognition Award

Earlier this week I was very excited and humbled to be given a Blogger Recognition Award from the lovely My Real Fairy. To know that other people are reading and…

Toy washing machine by internal white door
Growing Up

I loved to read, and reread, Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch when I was younger, and I delighted in watching the film version too. Even as an adult I find…

Me and my husband at Lake Pukaki New Zealand South Island
Love Is…

I have a clear memory from when I was growing up of a book that my mother owned called Confucius Says. It was my introduction to the philosopher and, among…

Flower in garden
Making Progress

I’m acutely aware that I haven’t been as obviously present on the blog as I would have liked to have been recently. I have been fairly active on social media…

Yellow labrador retriever running across a park with a ball
For The Love of Pets

Family means everything to me, from my husband and sons, my parents and sisters, my wider family, my chosen family of friends and, in my case, our fur and feathered…

Me, my mother and my two sisters
Your Post

This is for you. The woman who made a choice in her early twenties that no longer fits, but you feel that you can’t change it without attracting criticism for…

Me and my husband on our wedding day
The Reality Of Marriage

I’ll put this out there, I like Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure that I love it, with the extravagance and the pressure, but I like it. The first connection between…

Me at my office desk when I worked in Human Resources
Learning Styles

In years gone by, before I became a mother and chose to stay at home with my children, I was a Human Resources professional. In fact I still dabble in…

Guinea pig money box
Pocket Money

Chief was six last year and it felt like we entered a new gear of parenthood. Gone were the majority of the chunky plastic role play toys and ride on…

Utility room with tumble dryer
“It will wash.”

“It will wash.” That must be the most common phrase that have I used since becoming a parent. Sick all over my jumper, “it will wash” I’ll say. Chocolate squashed…

Frit on a bus window
Frit

Our children love learning, and my husband and I love to watch and learn with them. Looking at the world through their eyes: the wonder of an aeroplane, the delight of…

My hair donation in a plait
Hair Donation

The Little Princess Trust provide real hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair as a result of illness…

NHS England letterhead
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Last week it was Cervical Cancer Awareness Week in the UK, so perhaps it was rather fitting that on Friday I received my smear test results. This year, as in…

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