family · Parenting

What I learnt and rediscovered about moving house

Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you can do and I hadn’t realised how true this was until we did it again. Here’s my lowdown of what makes it so: Solicitors – namely conveyancers. Do you make paperwork an art form? Want a straight answer – what’s that? Can I push… Continue reading What I learnt and rediscovered about moving house

Christmas · family · Parenting

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all went to pot

This Christmas Eve, despite our best efforts, husband got mildly pissed at a friend’s gathering, which in returning home led to a slow descent into cantankerous intolerance as we tried to get our three-year-old to bed amidst tears, protestations and threats of no presents if he didn’t go to sleep.  He was still up, faffing… Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all went to pot

Cooking · family · Parenting

Cooking with imagination

I’m trying something new in this post (hope it doesn’t sound too’PR’) and talking about a children’s book that I was sent some info on recently. I really liked it and thought you might too. It’s a children’s cookbook called Mission Cookpossible, written by Amelia Thorne and illustrated by Jose Fragaso. The characters are funny… Continue reading Cooking with imagination

Christmas · family · Parenting

Mother Christmas gets a raw deal

“Where art thou, Mother Christmas? I only wish I knew Why Father should get all the praise And no one mentions you.” Roald Dahl had it about right when he wrote the above. This year, I made Herbie a special postbox from an old Cheeseballs container, covered it with red card, cut a letterbox in… Continue reading Mother Christmas gets a raw deal

Parenting · Travel

If you can keep your head when, all around you, a toddler is having a meltdown…

We had a day out to Kipling’s country home, Bateman’s in Burwash, recently and it was another great National Trust visit.  After the usual argument in the car park about where the entrance was and why we were not walking there immediately, we explored the grounds and the wider countryside as it was a bright… Continue reading If you can keep your head when, all around you, a toddler is having a meltdown…

family · Parenting · Travel

On the trail of Stick Man

Our most recent family day out took us to the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Forest in Kent. Our main aim – to find Stick Man, a character our toddler finds particularly hilarious in the film of The Gruffalo’s Child, when there is literally one second of footage involving him falling over in the snow, which has… Continue reading On the trail of Stick Man

Parenting · Travel

Walking and wildlife in wet but warmish Wales

Bad alliteration alert, sorry, but in other news we had a lovely time in  Mid Wales recently. We hired a cottage with Sykes Cottages off the beaten track in a village called Abbey-Cwm-Hir, away from all the distractions of modern life and got back to nature. The winding roads led to my favourite husband quote… Continue reading Walking and wildlife in wet but warmish Wales