Weekend away
May30

Weekend away

Parents get time off for good behaviour, don’t they? A weekend away together once or twice a year? Maybe a weekend with friends too. If they’re really lucky, even a week long holiday with their friends. Not in this house they don’t. I have been a parent for nearly 12 years and I have NEVER had a weekend away with my husband. Or my friends. There were one or two weddings and one hen night in the early days, when we...

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Wednesday Words: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
May29

Wednesday Words: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

When I read a book, it’s always there at the back of my mind. It’s on the edge of my consciousness. I feel like I can grasp it, but not quite. It’s like half a memory. Sometimes I’m not even sure what is there, whether it’s something that’s happened to me. But it’s the book. I’m thinking about it without even realising it. It’s affecting me and getting under my skin. I’ve...

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No more bright clothes
May27

No more bright clothes

My younger son, for all his incredible intelligence and maturity, has always had lovely childlike qualities. He’s less in a hurry to grow up than his brother and has always been happy to be a little boy (despite the fact that he is so tall he comes up to my nose!). Maybe it’s down to their place in the family, maybe it’s because he’s so bright he feels he has nothing to prove or maybe it’s down to when...

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Scream and shout
May26

Scream and shout

Sometimes I get down. Sometimes I get angry. Sometimes I scream and shout and cry. Sometimes I feel down and depressed. I wish I didn’t get like this, but I do. Not often, just sometimes. It’s normal for me and for a lot of other people too. It’s probably a mild form of depression. And I’ve read enough written by people who are properly depressed to realise that it really is a mild form. So it’s normal....

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What she wore: Next shorts and Tshirt
May25

What she wore: Next shorts and Tshirt

Last Sunday marked a momentous day for our family. It was the first day so far this year that one of the kids got up in the morning and put shorts on. Without tights. Yes, it was sunny and the temperature hit a very pleasant 19 degrees! My younger son usually lives in shorts from the end of April until the middle of October, so it’s a reflection of our appalling weather that we’d made it almost to the end of May before...

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