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Our Latest Family Shoot (and Hello Again Subscribers)

Our Latest Family Shoot (and Hello Again Subscribers)

Firstly, just a quick hello to subscribers and sorry you haven’t been getting email notifications. WordPress took a while moving you over to my new theme but it’s all done now, so we should be sorted. In the mean time, what did you miss?
Here’s where I talk about all the work that went into getting my new blog up and running, here’s a glimpse into our house (and a few of my favourite things) and then my latest post talks about me taking some steps to slow my life down a bit, something which… Read more

“A Viable Die-able Age”

“A Viable Die-able Age”

When you’re young, you don’t think about death. Or, the luckier amongst us don’t have to. Sure, your cat may get run over. Or the silkworms in your shoe box may stop moving. But that is death that is on the very edges of your life – you always know it’s there but it doesn’t affect you too much.
And then you get a bit older and you may lose one of your grandparents. They were there before and you loved them and they showed you how to arrange flowers, or play cards and gave… Read more

Tattoos: Love or Loathe?

Tattoos: Love or Loathe?

Excuse the rather strange expression on my face. I was NOT actually trying to pull off a “Blue Steel”, I was making a train sound (choo choo) to try to get Ben to smile. And it worked. Kind of.
Do you know how hard it is to take a photo of you and your baby while also showing off your tattoo, which is really not in a very flattering place? Well, it’s hard.
This was all because of a great interview I did with Cindy Alfino on her awesome blog 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1… Read more

On Wide Open Spaces

On Wide Open Spaces

My soul feels a little bit squished at the moment. How can I explain it? Instead of a clean white piece of paper sitting peacefully on a desk, I feel like I’m squashed and crumpled up into a little ball, all my thoughts jumbled together in a messy wad of paper that someone’s about to chuck in the direction of the bin.  I’d prefer to be the smooth uncluttered piece, brimming with potential – but at the moment I’m just not.
There are lots of reasons but a wonderful friend pointed out one of them… Read more

A Day of Love

A Day of Love

So today is Valentine’s Day. I remember being very excited about The Day of Love once upon a time. I think it was when I was 16 at boarding school and the boys at our brother school used to send us roses. They’d call our names out at breakfast while we were seated in the massive dining hall and the prettiest girls hardly got to eat their cereal, because they were running up to the stage all the time to fetch their roses (I got to eat more than enough cereal thanks).
Most of them… Read more

Losing a Parent: How to Cope

Losing a Parent: How to Cope

Nothing and no one can prepare you for losing a parent. In fact, a friend likened it to having a baby, in that they are both life events that alter you completely, and no amount of advice or research can adequately prepare you for what the reality will be like.
This is my Mom and me on my wedding day. If I had known that two and a bit years later her smile would have faded, that her hair would have all fallen out, that the twinkle in her eye would have gone – all… Read more

You Can’t be Good at Everything..

You Can’t be Good at Everything..

Although some people try. You know those people? They’re usually really good-looking, super achievers at work and then they still run marathons and stuff. I get tired just looking at them.
No, you can’t be good at everything and one of the great things about getting older is that you realise what you’re actually pretty decent at and what you’re really a little bit rubbish at.
If you know me, you know that I LOVE lists, so I decided to make a list of all the things I’m really not that wonderful at. Not in… Read more

We Will Miss You Madiba

We Will Miss You Madiba

You were an example that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
Rest in peace Madiba, your country will miss you.
Image source… Read more

Rachel the Brave: A Letter to my Daughter

Rachel the Brave: A Letter to my Daughter

My first “bragging post” was about baby Ben and you can read that here. This is my second (and last) bragging post for 2013, a letter to my daughter, to Rachel the Brave:
Dear Rachel
Did you know that we never really intended to have a daughter called Rachel? It was a not a name we dreamed of or spoke about before you arrived.
When I was pregnant with you we quite liked the name Rae, which is my middle name – I was named after my maternal Scottish grandmother. So one day I looked… Read more

Searching for a Pink Puppy

Searching for a Pink Puppy

Rachel came home yesterday with strict instructions to write a letter to Father Christmas and take it back to school with her today. She decorated the whole thing with fairy stickers, did her special kind of scribbling and then instructed me to write and ask him for a…PINK PUPPY.
Errrr, okay then. A puppy is quite a commitment and we’re still getting our head around having two children, let alone a pet. Also, finding a pink one may be a tad tricky.
After further questioning it turns out that she wants a toy puppy just… Read more