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My Very Evil Mother…

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I never fail to learn new things from my children. Their world is a wonderful adventure, new things every day. It’s easy to forget that school at that age was exciting. So it was with delight but some surprise when Eliza said to me earlier: “My very evil mother just sits under newspaper.” “What on [...]

Dear Mr Kellogg; A Question From My Daughter

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Dear Mr Kellogg Eliza and I are having a bowl of All Bran Bran Flakes as a small snack as I’ve just got home from work and am hungry, she is also hungry, having informed me she felt ‘empty’. I confidently poured her a big bowl (she likes it very much) and then decided to [...]

Random conversations at bedtime

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Every now and then I just want to remember something the girls have said. This is one such time. I cycled up the hill this evening in the freezing cold, with hands like blocks of ice after having left my gloves at home this morning. I was on the later train after too much faffing [...]

Growing up: In Which The Stabilisers Come Off

There are a few moments in my children’s development to date that have brought tears to my eyes: sleeping crawling, walking, starting school, being headbutted by Tilly (bless her). And there have been many proud moments, too many to list here, but they will all be documented in this here blog (as that’s the point [...]

In Which My Baking Illusions are Shattered

I was feeling pretty smug about my baking abilities at the weekend. I made a lovely lemon drizzle cake, everyone was very impressed. It tasted divine, it may have looked a bit rustic but that’s part of the charm surely? My cakes are normally pretty good and I’m not bad at biscuits either, I even [...]

Children’s Day

My mother on her wedding day.

It is Mothering Sunday today. Not Mother’s Day, no that’s the ‘modern’ term and my old teacher Mrs Ogden, who knew EVERYTHING knew that it was Mothering Sunday. So called because in the old days it was the day that girls in service would go and visit their mothers. I remember being very sad when [...]

So A Pink Elephant Flew Into School Today?

They exist at Eliza's school.

“So a pink elephant flew into school today did it?” This is the question I pose to Eliza after all questions about what she actually did do at school fall on disinterested, disdainful ears. She normally says “Don’t be silly Mummy, I just don’t remember what I did”. Clearly on the days when I’ve been [...]

A Few Memories of My Childhood

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My conversations with Eliza remind me every day that there is real wonder and beautiful innocence in being 5. At the moment she’s very interested in my childhood so we have isolated random conversations about that. As I was stroking her hair tonight after her stories, she asked me, “Mummy what did you do when [...]

In Which My Daughter Solves My Work Life Balance

My eldest daughter and I have some fantastic conversations, she has a unique 5 year old perspective on the world and she is Always Right. Which can be a bit of a challenge at times, when you’re discussing something like how to peel a carrot or how to ride a bike without stabilisers. It’s a [...]

A Bed of Roses

Lately Eliza expresses her gratitude and her love for me by saying she wants to marry me. Sometimes she wants to marry Tilly (when Tilly relinquishes the duck watering can or when she lets her play with the Lelli Kelly wand – I know it’s horrible).  Occasionally she wants to marry Daddy when he builds [...]