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...

Moon Dough Grocery Store – Review

Moon dough was on my daughter’s birthday list this year. When I piled up all her presents there was just too much so I didn’t buy her any. This was partly because we already have a large collection of play doh and I wasn’t sure if there was any point...

Listography: Games I used to play

I have fond memories of our playing field at Junior School. The sun was always shining, there was always the smell of freshly cut grass. Playtime seemed to last forever. Half of the field was sold off to build houses and I every time I go past I have to say to my...

Five things I want you to know about your father

Dear girls,These are the things you should know about Daddy, if you don’t already.1.) He was in a band. Yes that is in the past tense. Ok I’ll admit it – I am Yoko to his Lennon. His band wanted to practice more than once a week. I was a new mum. I...

Reasons to be cheerful –

I’ve been feeling less than cheerful this week. After a lovely week away at my parents I’ve been trying to remember how I do things. How exactly do I cope? It was a lovely rest being away – no cooking cleaning or washing. Although strangely it...