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My Christmas list, should you be wondering…

5 Comments 06 December 2013

I have some ideas for you. I think I am one of those Hard to Buy Presents for people. I don’t collect anything, I am particular about my style (both personal and home) and I don’t like a lot of Things cluttering up the house. I always tell people my favourite presents are the ones […]

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Perfect Christmas Present for Teen Girls

18 Comments 25 November 2013

Vouchers for iTunes or Miss Selfridge are so last year. What do many teen girls really want? They want to look amazing. They try on each others’ clothes, they experiment with makeup, they take photos of each other in poses they’ve copied from Vogue. All as part of the great journey towards discovering which angle, […]

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Morning Walk in the Yellow Woods

3 Comments 26 October 2013

  Leaves papier mache the path, after autumn rain passed by in the night.

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When you have children

4 Comments 03 September 2013

Summer is a pause button, a moment of time like a sigh or a cat’s stretch. Or, softly pooling water in a wide bend on the river, gentle swirls holding a leaf in place under a dappled ray of afternoon sun. And then school again and time speeds up, back to normal. The current catches […]

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10 tips for a great BBQ playlist

2 Comments 02 September 2013

The top five elements to any good party: music, decoration, food, drink, and people. The right mix of people, plenty of drink both soft and alcoholic, enough food to balance the drink, and the decoration can be as simple as flowers on a table and low lighting but there needs to be something to set […]

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Happy birthday ol’ guy!

3 Comments 28 August 2013

My cat Paddy is 20 today. He started life in North London, was dropped off at a pet shop in a card board box along with several other black and white brothers and sisters, dropped off with the shop probably a little earlier than he should have been (the pet-shop owner said, ‘but it was […]

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What is Life?

3 Comments 30 July 2013

Or: How one man who couldn’t wire a plug went on a journey to build a fantastical house and gardens. Here’s something different for you. (I often say that, don’t I? It’s because it’s true, I’ve just realised. I am a collector of Different. I love my shelves of curios…) Today’s guest post is by […]

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The Little Grief

40 Comments 23 May 2013

The inescapable torment I do battle with every time I say goodbye, and today: A hug for my brother, a hug and a kiss for my husband and we said goodbye at the airport. The air around them hummed with their excitement (and nerves, I think—the pressure!) to join friends for a week of golf […]

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The luxury of having a mudroom

9 Comments 26 March 2013

Currently, our mudroom is our kitchen. It’s also our hall by the back door. Ideally, it will one day be it’s own special room, complete with shoe racks, welly organisers, boxes for Stuff, coat hooks, a sink for washing the outdoors off, and so on. It may also double as the utility room, with washer, […]

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I could have been much meaner

5 Comments 18 January 2013

Jasmine, from a company called First Energy who said she wanted to book a free 20 minute appointment with me to talk about a government initiative about solar energy (I think) called on around 2 January. I was busy with kids but we are interested in solar energy so I asked that she call back […]

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The only sensible thing to do

6 Comments 05 December 2012

It’s a snow day here in my corner of Essex. I got out the snow shovel and cleared the drive, noticed that the council hadn’t gritted the roads in the night (or the day before when they were already getting icy), saw the verrrry slowwwww traffic and debated. It was when my husband called me […]

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14 Questions. Do you have answers?

6 Comments 03 December 2012

I have a notebook and pen in the side pocket of my car. I often think of glamorous things like “oh yeah, we need more bin bags!” in the middle of the school run and need to write it down. Sometimes I think of a new twist for a character I’m developing, or a new […]

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Do you use Good Reads?

4 Comments 15 October 2012

I’m making efforts to make better use of my different social media channels. This means trying to do at least one Instagram image a day, pin things regularly (with discipline—that site’s addictive!), I’m trying to go on FB more (a lot more as that’s where many of my family are), I am slowly reappearing in […]

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GCSE’s and mountains out of molehills

4 Comments 08 September 2012

It occurred to me this summer that I only have four more years left with my daughter at home. I watched the pages of calendars flip ‘flt-t-t-t-t-t’ past in a cartoon blur of motion as I saw my time with her escape me. In  a subconscious effort to slow that page-flipping calendar I didn’t do […]

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6 Things I wish I knew before getting cats

3 Comments 03 September 2012

It was My Cat Paddy’s 19th birthday last week (Happy Birthday Pad Man!) and PetPlanUK have asked me to write a post about my cats so I thought it was perfect timing. I’ve been thinking a lot about Paddy’s 19 years lately. I got Paddy in a tiny little petshop in Norf London (that’s not […]

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Olympian effort at buying Olympic tickets

10 Comments 22 July 2012

It started with the ticket lottery. All interested people in Britain got to put their name in a hat and see if they were drawn. Immediately people started grumbling. It was highly irregular. What happened to just buying tickets? The system would crash, we were told. Then the system did crash. More grumblings. Oh and […]

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