autumn

Brambly hedge

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As a kid, I have a fond memory of going blackberry picking with my mum the first weekend after school had started again in September.  Blackberries seem to be appearing earlier and earlier so we have already been and returned with a surprising haul.  We used half for the traditional crumble and the other half […]

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Park Life

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Before becoming a parent one of the things I used to resent was standing, freezing my butt off, with other mums in the park, watching their children swing, slide etc, and only having the usual snippets of conversation as the parent tends to falls, friendship upsets, sibling rivalry etc.  But, since becoming a parent I […]

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January Friend

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I tend to find January a bit of a tough month if I’m honest.  It’s cold and dark and often wet, and the twinkling lights and excitement of Christmas have been left behind.  I’m afraid winter is not my favourite season and January can often leave me wondering if the dreary bitterness will ever end. […]

Christmas

Deck the halls

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If you’re anything like me when your kid brings home a delightful hand-crafted decoration from school, you’ll do the classic “that’s lovely dear, tell me all about how you made it”, but secretly be thinking “do we really have to put that on the tree?!”  Hopefully, you’re not like me and you embrace the beautiful, […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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I don’t want to give the impression that I absolutely hate the cold and live longing for the summer.  That’s not completely true!  However, I do find that the cold and I don’t get on very well so I’ve been trying to find ways of improving our relationship.  A wonderful new knitted cardie from my […]

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Autumn Days

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I am so incredibly grateful that a season as worthy as autumn follows the summer.  Saying goodbye to the warmth and sunshine, the long, stretched out evenings, the dinners in the garden, the leaving the house in just a t-shirt, the smell of sun-cream, the garden produce and the holidays is always a tricky one.  […]

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Run Mummy Run!

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“Not enough time”, “no inclination/motivation”, “too tired”, “no childcare”, “not sure what to do”.  These may sound familiar.  Fitting exercise in as a mummy is a challenge and if you are not inclined anyway, it’s way down on the priority list.  Today I have the privilege of interviewing an outstanding mother who is part of […]

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Sweet Dreams

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“I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” Ernest Hemingway Anyone else feel like that?!  Sleep is a funny old thing but something, that as parents, is so crucial and yet so unobtainable.  Why is that?  Why is the hardest job of our lives one we have […]

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Summer Holiday

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As August draws to a close so do the end of the British summer holidays.  The mornings and evenings start to have that autumnal feel and the new term peeks its head around the corner.  Poppi has her new school shoes (with which she is so incredibly pleased I had to persuade her that they […]

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Old Paint

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Ahhh, the summer holidays.  I wonder how you read that “ahhh”.  Ahhh as in “help” or ahhh as in “phew”.  The summer holidays can be an almighty sense of relief for some parents, but for others, they can be quite the opposite and somewhat daunting.  Six endless weeks to fill with activities and entertainment.  As […]