We’re Moving House (again)

February 23, 2018 | 5 Comments

When we told Rachel that we were moving to our new house next week, the first thing she said was: and how long are we going to live in that house mommy? Because from her birth to the age of seven, she would have lived in five different houses (which is only an average of about a year in a bit in each house).

I suppose there are lots of people that live this way, but my memories of childhood are rooted very firmly in one house, at the end of a winding gravel road. I knew every corridor by heart, the bits of carpet and where they were frayed, the creak the floorboards made, the width of the verandah, the wicker laundry basket I’d hide my sister in;). Childhood = one house with a green roof to me. But for Rachel, it’s completely different. Continue Reading…

South Africa

A New Day has Dawned

February 20, 2018 | 2 Comments

Isn’t it crazy how much things can change in a week? There’s been such a massive shift in our political landscape that I haven’t even known how to express it. But every morning since the 15th of February I’ve woken up and then when I realised that Zuma was no longer our president, a little smile set itself on my face and lingered there, the whole day. And then it settled on my heart too, like a warm facecloth on to tired skin. Continue Reading…

Books, Parenting

Kids Book Club has Relaunched!

February 13, 2018 | 6 Comments

This post was written in collaboration with Kids Book Club

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about kids and reading! And I was a big fan of the Kids Book Club a few years ago when they first started up – I’m all for getting kids excited about reading, especially when the books are sent straight to your door, removing the inconvenience of having to go to the shops (I’m becoming more and more allergic;). The other thing about choosing books is that it’s hard to know what’s right in terms of age range and reading ability (and I spent years working in book publishing, so I should know a tiny bit more than most!). Continue Reading…