Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re a kid you get asked that all the time, don’t you? For the record, currently Flea wants to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I was her age, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved to read, and I loved […]

Flea’s Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover


As you may know, Flea’s recently been away for a week on a school ski trip. While she was gone, I kept myself busy working on her bedroom. We moved into this house when Flea was two years old, and the yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh trim weren’t really doing it for an almost-ten-year-old. […]

Things you Think when your 9 year old is on a Ski Trip


I wonder what time it is? I wonder what time it is in Switzerland? They had a late night last night with that movie night the headmistress Tweeted a photo of. It’s so cute they were all on the floor with their duvets and pillows. Didn’t look very comfortable, mind. My feet would have been […]

In Need of a Project.


I’m writing this with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not just because it’s Monday (although that never helps). But because Flea – my tiny, precious Flea – is currently in Switzerland on her first ever ski trip, with school. I’m trying not to hyperventilate just typing that sentence. I mean, do […]

The One Where we Buy a Shed.


As regular readers may know, we recently added a new member to the family – Teddy the puppy. Mostly, Teddy enjoys biting stuff. Toys, sure, but also skirting boards, passing feet, coats, her own lead… and bicycles. Flea and I noticed that Teddy had started chewing the tyres of our bikes, which were locked up […]

25 Reasons you don’t deserve Mother’s Day Gifts


Ah, Mother’s Day. That special day of the year when family and friends congratulate us on being selfless, loving creatures who would do anything for our precious offspring. Except when we’re lying through our teeth, obviously. Being a Mum is – I’m increasingly convinced – one long con-trick. If I’m not trying to convince Flea that I […]

Cycling with Kids: A Parenting Masterclass.


Cycling is pretty much the most virtuous thing you can teach kids to do, I reckon, short of treating leprosy. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, good exercise, and it’s fun. So a couple of months back, I made the decision that I’d buy myself a bike, so that Flea and I could go riding together. My […]

Valentines Day: Sharing the (blog) Love.


Happy Valentine’s Day! So, here’s the thing:  I’m not a big believer in Valentine’s Day. Over the years, frankly, I’ve had some shocking Valentine’s dates. I count my blessings that only two ended up in hospitalisation. But that’s a story for another time. Preferably after several stiff drinks. Anyway, this year, we’re stopping home. It’s safer […]

Back to Earth with a Bump


It’s the little things, that let you know you’re not on holiday, isn’t it? You were enjoying late nights and lazy mornings… and now you’re lying on the sofa, being told it’s “okay if you’re too jet-lagged to take me to school tomorrow” You were getting gently sun-burned in 37 degree weather… and now you’re scraping […]

What Boyhood reminded me about Parenting


This weekend, we re-watched one of my favourite movies of the past year, Boyhood. In case you haven’t heard of it, Boyhood is a coming-of-age story with a difference – filmed over 12 years, it follows the same cast through the boyhood of the film’s central character, Mason. We follow Mason from being a six-year-old […]