Absence

Apologies for the absence. To touch on it briefly, we have suffered a close bereavement. One of the children in our family (not mine) passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, and we have all been trying to navigate our way through the unspeakable shock and loss. I really don’t want to discuss it here as my…

smol

Just a quick post about this little company that I love! smol claim to have made the most effective concentrated laundry capsule in the world. They don’t sell in the shops so you buy directly from them and your order comes through the door at monthly intervals. And there are big savings to be made….

Limonene & Linalool

Regular readers of this blog will know that my teenage daughter has coeliac disease. This means she can’t ingest gluten. She adheres to a strict gluten free diet and we have to be careful about cross contamination. She was diagnosed six years ago and we haven’t stepped out the front door since without having to…

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription service. Essentially what happens is a courier delivers a box to your door each week containing ingredients for the meals you have chosen from a set list. I signed up a few months ago because I felt like we were stuck in a rut. I don’t consider myself…

Scorchio!

 This summer we have seen temperatures soaring across Europe. Today the UK had the hottest July day on record. The last time it was this hot was the summer of 2003. I remember this only too clearly because I was dealing with a newborn baby at the time. Newborn babies are hard enough work without…

Genius Square

Now, anyone who knows me and my family will know that we are partial to a game LOVE games! For her birthday my daughter received a game called Genius Square. If I had to go on Dragons Den to pitch this game I’d probably say it’s Tetris meets The Rubix Cube. The game consists of…

I’ve been reading/listening to…

Everybody died, so I got a dog is the memoir of Emily Dean who you might know from the radio show she co-hosts with Frank Skinner. She talks us through her days as a child actress, her chaotic Bohemian parents and the close relationship she shared with her only sibling, Rachel. You hear about her…

Spring Garden

This is the time of year I start venturing back out into the garden to judge what’s doing well and what might not be. This week we’ve had quite a lot of rain and high winds, thanks to Storm Gareth (who the hell names a storm Gareth?!) so I haven’t had a chance to do…

Vase

I go a bit crazy at this time of year dotting fresh flowers around the house on every windowsill so desperate am I for Spring. I always think it’s a good idea to have a variety of vases at the ready. Tall and thin for gladioli, hourglass for lillies or peonies… shape matters when it…

Watching…

It’s about to be officially Spring but it really hasn’t sprung yet. It’s still cold and damp and just generally very grey so here’s some great telly to get stuck into whilst we all wait for it to warm up. This Country (BBC) This award winning mockumentary follows the lives of young people in rural…