The Alternative Gro Clock Review


Several years ago I bought a Gro Clock for Eliza, she was waking up too damn early for my liking and I'd tried everything. Finally this clock worked. The Sun came up at the time I had set to be 'morning' and she came trotting in to our room. … [Continue reading]

Saucer Eyes

Mog and the BFG

Tilly is going through that wonderful phase that 4 year olds do, when everything is terribly important and things get said with complete earnestness that results in big wide saucer eyes. It's utterly charming and him indoors and I have to stop … [Continue reading]

Dear Mr Kellogg; A Question From My Daughter


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 … [Continue reading]

What I Know About Jumble Sales


It's not a lot. So if you're looking for a top 10 list of what to do and how to get a bargain probably not what you're after. Although if you are genuinely looking for a 'how to shop a jumble sale' then you are beyond any reasonable help I could … [Continue reading]

Not Perfect


There are some times when I wish this blog was anonymous. I'm not sure why it's not to be honest, I guess when I started writing it I thought it wouldn't need to be. I never thought anyone would actually read it and if they did I didn't think they'd … [Continue reading]

7 Things Dry January Taught Me

Dry january

Dry January is officially over. I confess that I haven't been completely purist about it. There was the trip to Dubai with Jonathan mid-month, he may well have sent me home on the first flight if I had refused a glass of wine, and besides I didn't do … [Continue reading]


It's taken me 6 years and a huge amount of self loathing and recrimination but I think I might finally have grasped the art of distraction that parenting experts tell you about. They make it sound so easy. "Child wants to play with the razor blades … [Continue reading]

Random conversations at bedtime

i love you mummy

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 … [Continue reading]

Goodbye Mabel

Goodbye Mabel

I rescued Mabel from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home about 11 years ago, maybe a bit longer. Somewhere in the roof are the documents, long since put in a 'safe place'. I went to choose her on my own, there were a few cats in the little cages, some … [Continue reading]

Father Christmas Is Watching You!

father christmas and his sleigh

Father Christmas is a very busy chap at this time of year, not only that but he's supremely blessed with the gift of multiple sight. How else can he watch all the children in the lead up to Christmas? Unfortunately the ONS won't give me an estimate … [Continue reading]