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category: Identity

Eight Years On….

(12:30 Saturday afternoon) Back in the Summer of 2010 as my daughter was approaching her first birthday, I wrote a blog called “It Takes Nine Months…” In it I talked about how I’d struggled to fine my sense of ‘self’ after having our first baby, how I’d struggled to reconcile… read more

The Accidental 1950s Housewife

“Oooh, I could quite get used to this” I thought as I knelt on the lawn, trowel in handing ‘doing some gardening’ and alternating between listening to Radio Four and One. “I quite like being a housewife.” It was summer 2009 and I’d been on maternity leave less than a… read more

Sometimes… But today…

Sometimes Sometimes the girls go to bed easily. Teeth, stories, songs, reading, lights out, sleep. Sometimes we then have the energy and time to tidy round the downstairs fully. And make their pack lunches the night before. Sometimes we’re on top of homework, and it’s all ready to hand in,… read more

Friday Night: Parent-style

Friday Night: Going Out From sixth-form though to my mid-twenties, Friday night would mean only one thing: Going Out. Oooh, how I loved it! It wasn’t just the going out part. It was the Getting Ready. Sometimes on your own, but mostly with a whole group of girls, outfits would… read more

California Dreaming: Hello from the other side* (of the Atlantic)

* credit Adele. As my lovely co-author, Jassy Davis of Gin & Crumpets fame, recently reminded me, it’s five years since we got our hands on the first sample copies of The Contented Calf Cookbook. Five years! Wow. It feels simultaneously both like a lifetime ago and yet just a blink… read more

International Day of Happiness: Thank you for the days

Today is International Day of Happiness. This is well-timed for me, as I’ve recently been reflecting on happiness and positivity. I’ve always been a positive person. I tend to be of the belief that we only have one life, so we might as well make the most of it, and… read more

Parents Evening? And I’m the parent. Really…??

Last week was parents evening at 4YO’s school. Naturally it fell (yet again) on a week when hubby was away and couldn’t make it. Luckily my wonderful friend, neighbour and fellow reception-parent had a later appointment than me, so offered to look after (and feed – thank you lots!) 4YO… read more

Twickenham ten years on: making new friends

The start of a new year is always a time for reflection isn’t it? And over this Christmas and New Year period I got to thinking. We have lived in our house ten years this summer, and in Twickenham ten years October just gone. That’s a long time!! And I… read more

Going Back to My Roots: Blonde Ambition

I’m a blonde. Well, ish. When I was very young I was a natural blonde. Then as my hair began to darken, along came my discovery of Sun-In. (Come on, admit it – we’ve all been there! That chemically smelly not really being masked by ‘lemon’ fragrance….) And this became… read more

I could have danced all night… And still have begged for more.

In the words of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night! I could have danced all night! And still have begged for more…. I could have spread my (swan) wings And done a thousand things I’ve never done before. I’ll never know what made it so… read more

“And what’s your occupation?”

I’ve noticed recently that I’ve had to answer this question a fair amount recently – various registration forms for either of my girls, a market researcher I spoke to yesterday at the station and notably when Contented Hubby registered 9MO’s birth. He decided for me that if I’d written a… read more

Pretty in Pink. And green, and orange, and Thomas, and Bob.

As you will know from my last post (The best laid plans of mice and mummies), BF, Hubby & I went on a knicker-buying outing ahead of BF’s imminent transition from nappies to ‘big girl pants’. While we were out shopping we took the opportunity to stock up on a… read more

“Sometimes you just have to know when to take a cab”

My good friend Leonard and I caught up on the phone the other weekend for what turned out to be one of our ‘Power-Chats’. Ladies, you’ll know what I mean: 1) we talked about literally everything in our lives, 2) we analysed said everything to the nth degree, 3) Leonard’s OH… read more

Politics of the playground

We all remember how difficult it was to navigate our way around the social “do’s and don’ts” of the playground when we were young. The playground was a tough place to be. You were judged on a daily basis as to whether you fitted in, what kind of girl/boy you were, were… read more

Happy New Year!!

I always feel like March is actually the real start of a new year, not January. So, Happy New Year to you all !! In January I still feel in the depths of cold, dark (and in recent years, snowy) winter and all I feel like doing is hibernating. I… read more