From demanding whiner to proud achiever in 4 minutes (at Cameron House Nursery School)

From demanding whiner to proud achiever in 4 minutes (at Cameron House Nursery School)
Last Thursday was my daughter’s last day at Cameron House Nursery School. It seems like only last week that I took her for her first day there. So much has changed since that day. She is taller, more articulate, 100% toilet trained, able to count to 100, add, subtract, read several words and write lots ...

The sound of a snoring baby (and all that it brings)

The sound of a snoring baby (and all that it brings)
Today I was babysitting my friend Katrina’s two beautiful daughters, aged 3 and 1. I’d forgotten what it’s like to hang out with a 1 year old. Doing so brought me back a couple of years, and inspired the following piece of writing about the moment that a baby naps, and motherhood in general. Enjoy: ...

Lunch at the park

Lunch at the park
So, the weather has been warmer lately: We’ve switched from winter to summer jackets. In fact, on some days, no jacket’s been necessary at all. The sun has even been gracing us with it’s presence and warmth! This seasonal (but not always guaranteed) improvement in the weather has been the catalyst for the institution of ...

Buy Beautiful things

Buy Beautiful things
Recently it’s been wedding season in my family. My husband’s two brothers and three cousins all decided to get married at once. We’ve had 5 family weddings in the space of a year. Having the same crowd at each of the weddings obviously prescribes several different outfits. This can turn out to be an expensive ...

Cairo to Constantinople

Cairo to Constantinople
I’ve had a fascination with the Middle East since I was a young teenager. So, when I spotted a poster for ‘Cairo to Constantinople, early photographs of the middle East’, I was keen to have a look. This exhibition is basically a photo diary of a journey around the Middle East made by prince Albert ...

Meet my hero

Meet my hero
Easter Easter time in Britain can feel a little like an anti climax for me sometimes. There are pictures of eggs, bunnies and little flowers everywhere. And lots and lots of chocolate. I have to say I’m always partial to a bit of chocolate, and will very gladly eat that on any occasion. But in ...

For sale near you….

For sale near you....
This blog post is rather different to the last one. It is not about a love story. It is not about feeling happy or excited. Quite the opposite. In fact I find it quite difficult to write about this subject; because when I think about it for any length of time, I start to feel ...

Anchoring: Why I like Norah Jones

Anchoring: Why I like Norah Jones
I was sitting having a quiet relaxing coffee, with iTunes on shuffle, when the sweet familiar voice of a certain Ms Jones came on. I instantly started to feel deeply happy, surrounded by a cloud of comfort, confidence and quiet excitement. Within seconds of recognising and enjoying these feelings, my brain automatically asked its favourite ...

Pink and yellow butterfly

Pink and yellow butterfly
Has anyone else been driven to desperation by their kid? I’m talking about the kind of desperation where you end up feeling like you need to be in a dark silent room for at least an hour, in order to recover. The kind of desperation that is brought on by a tantrum of humongous proportions. ...

Seasons

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” – Holy Bible, Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 A few months ago I had been really unwell, so I went to see my GP about this horrible cold which I did not seem to be able to get rid of. After listening to ...