Reasons to be cheerful

For once I’m in a sunny mood on a Thursday. There’s lots of reasons – none of which I’m going to focus on today. We survived the first week of school with no tears from any of us, received an interesting package in the post and a more...

The Sandalwood Tree – A Review

Sometimes you want to read a novel which transports you to another time and place. The Sandalwood tree, by Elle Newmark does just that. It is a lyrical novel set in war-torn India which brings the country to life. The novel follows two love stories set ninety years...

The Gallery -A Happy Memory

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time (Edith Wharton) Sometimes you need a bit of hindsight to look back and realise you’re happy. The big important days like birthdays and christmas are wonderful but you’re sometimes...

Run, Fat Girl, Run

When I go for a run I still feel like that scene in Simon Pegg’s movie Run, Fat Boy, Run (though stupid name as other than the prosthetic tummy you couldn’t call him overweight. He is preparing for a marathon and on his first run sets of brilliantly...

Slipping through my fingers

I dropped of my oldest daughter at her first full day in Reception this morning. Last week they did half days so although we had the organisation of getting uniforms ready it didn’t really have the emotional impact of her being out of the house for the whole...