Blogging and teenagers – you can’t win!
Jul11

Blogging and teenagers – you can’t win!

Ever since I started my blog eight years ago, it has always been a principle of mine not to identify my children on here. No doubt I’ve missed out on plenty of commercial opportunities as a result, but that’s not my priority. My priorities when blogging have always been to record stories for posterity, to share them with anyone who wants to read them and to keep my children safe. I’ve never worried about paedophiles,...

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And then the vegans took over
Feb05

And then the vegans took over

I became a vegetarian at the age of 17, 28 years ago. A lot of my friends became vegetarians at the same time. Like me, some of them still are vegetarian. We did it for the right reasons, because we cared about animal welfare. But it was also a bit of a trend at the time. I’m not sure if it stayed a trend or if at some time during the 90s and noughties, teenagers stopped becoming vegetarians. But I even raised a vegetarian...

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Body confidence, social media and me
Jul02

Body confidence, social media and me

Lately, there’s been a real spate of photos of women on social media in their underwear or swimwear. They’re not showing off, they’re showing us what a real woman looks like – stretch marks, cellulite and all. And I admire them. They look great and I applaud their confidence and their bravery. They’re reminding us all that the airbrushed images on social media and in magazines are neither real nor...

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The Gallery: Light
Feb11

The Gallery: Light

I’ve talked a lot over the past few days about how over winter I am. I am just desperate for spring to come. The one thing that gives me that little bit of hope that it really will be here soon, is the light. The days are most definitely getting longer. No more closing the curtains at 4pm and waiting until 8am for the light. It is still properly light at 5pm. It’s still pretty light at 5.30pm. And it starts to get light...

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The Gallery: What I’m doing right now #widrn
Apr02

The Gallery: What I’m doing right now #widrn

What I’m doing right now is taking a risk. Because I’m watching my daughter’s swimming lesson – and taking photos at our swimming pool is a hanging offence. For those of you not familiar with Instagram (and if not, why not?) #widrn or #widn is a sort of Instagram game. Someone posts a picture of what I’m doing right now #widrn and tags a couple of friends and they do the same. So they might be loading the...

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