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…

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…

Not Tupperware

Recently I helped a dear friend move house. It wasn’t under easy circumstances, her husband had just been involved in a horrific traffic accident and was in hospital so she was trying to do it all on her own. Two weeks before Christmas. With a baby. Not. Fun. Times. Anyway I ended up taking some…

Spark joy

Happy New Year everyone. This is belated because I’ve been laid up with the lurgy for several days. Pretty much had every type of cold and flu symptom in succession since the end of December. You’d think I’d have lost loads of weight but that’s the sneaky thing about lurgies, you have to eat all…

Russian Royalty

As mentioned in a previous post back in January (click here) I have always been interested in the Russian royal family. So recently we took the opportunity to visit an exhibit currently on at the Science Museum entitled The Last Tsar: Blood & Revolution. The exhibition featured items belonging to the last Russian royal family…

Mary Rose

When my husband, then fiancée, asked if I’d be willing to get married the day before his birthday I thought it was a wonderful idea. Our anniversary would be the day before his birthday always. This would mean he would never ever have any excuse for forgetting the annual celebration of our nuptials. Aha! I…

No Man’s Fort

If I’m ever nervous about anything I get my husband to do it first. So I let him turn 40 in September and he said it was actually fine so I followed suit in December. One of our presents, from some very dear friends of ours, was an experience gift voucher to visit one of…

Royal Wedding

Yesterday Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a beautiful ceremony in Windsor and the world watched. I ended up watching all of it seeing as I am sofa-bound after hurting my coccyx in a fall the day before (I’m refraining from telling people that I broke my bum). And I have to say that this…

Stairs

So earlier today I tripped and fell down the stairs. I’m sure it looked nothing short of hilarious. Had you seen it on You’ve Been Framed you’d have pointed and chuckled and then probably winced. I’m sure I’d have laughed had it not been so excruciatingly painful. It was still early in the morning. I…