Category Archives: Opinion & Personal

How to vote and why you should

Voting has always been really important to me. I can't explain why, because it wasn't something drilled into me as a duty by my parents. Maybe it's because the bungalow across the road from our house was a polling station. I remember the excitement of crossing the street to complete my ballot paper for the first time ...

Two years on from diagnosis

The second year after Freddie was diagnosed with serious liver disease

I've shared a couple of posts on this blog about one of my best friends Emma, whose son (and my godson) Freddie has a rare liver disease. She hopes that by talking about her situation she might help other parents thrown into the dark, frightening world of childhood illness. Personally, I just think her story is an inspiring ...

Goals for 2015

Enjoy it because it

If 2014 was the year of getting things done, 2015 is the year I want to do more. Let me make sense of that. There's no doubt that in the last 12 months we've achieved a lot on the house renovation. In doing so, we've worked hard, committed a lot of time, energy and money and ...

10 most popular posts of 2014

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I know pretty much every blogger in the world does it, but it's a good and interesting end-of-year exercise to see which have been the most read posts. It usually throws up a few surprises, and several oldies-and-goodies. I wonder if this year's list will raise your eyebrows? These are the posts written in 2014 that have been the most ...

What I got for Christmas

As you get older the things you want for Christmas can

I'm a pretty lucky girl. I know it. I struggle to think of things I want for Christmas. One explanation is because, well, this. Another is that I don't have particularly expensive tastes, and a decent income, so I tend to buy the things I want throughout the year. But I always look forward to opening my presents for ...

Christmas, and thoughts on 2014

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On Christmas Day there were 10 at our house for dinner. As I've said, getting the house to a state where people could actually visit safely, sit comfortably and eat round a table has been a long, hard slog and there have been times I didn't think we'd pull it off. But even my modest self can't deny ...

Weekend in the Lake District

Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, UK

Last week there was bad news again. The kind that makes you cry, gasp for breath and feel scared and bewildered. The kind that makes you want to run for the hills and hide out for a bit. Coincidentally, we were due a weekend in the Lake District for the Mr's birthday (and mine which was a couple of weeks ...

When life gets stressful

"What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it

My life's suddenly got quite stressful and I'm not sure I like it. I remember feeling distinctly carefree, blessed and happy pretty much all the time only a few years ago. In fact, I defined myself as laid back - frankly, horizontal at times - and not one for feeling any pressure unnecessarily. I maintained this through getting a ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

How can women help women?

Work hard and be nice to people - Anthony Burrill

The other day I went to a support group for this difficult patch I'm going through, and it got me thinking. First, there were only about 10 people there. It was in Sheffield, and the nearest group of its type for probably half of Yorkshire, and I know there are a lot more than a couple of handfuls of ...

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