Sugar and spice make pirates nice

On Austin’s third birthday, I was shocked to hear him say he wouldn’t eat a fairy cake because “they were for girls”. Despite our best…

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Anything with a face

“I’m not going to eat his head. I don’t want to hurt him.” Austin, while on our recent trip to Spain, developed a conscience about…

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Travel tips from Spain (it’s the new Scotland)

When I was 18 and planning my trip to a kibbutz, Grandma’s advice to me was, “Why don’t you go somewhere safe on your gap…

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Gwen’s first words

Our little Gwen has started chirruping her first words. ‘Umm’ (Mum), ‘Dadad’ and – most ubiquitous – ‘Pear’. ‘Pear’ means pear. And banana. And orange.…

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Do a good deed on snow day

When a foot of snow fell last year, we dug out our sledge from underneath a deflated ball pool and headed straight for the park.…

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Alas, poor Chum

NYE 2010 – Chum’s supremacy was established We have passed a milestone in Austin’s life. Last night, he fell asleep without his Chum. Chum, a…

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Shit happens

A woman I once worked with (who happened to be my boss) had an ‘eternal balance’ theory of weight loss and gain. I was losing…

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Christmas things that were rubbish before children

…..which are now rather wonderful   A couple of months ago, I posted about some things that were rubbish before having children. Since giving birth…

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First night apart

Last night, for the first time, Gwen slept in her big brother’s bedroom. Without her cot crowding our bedside, the room felt airy, clean and…

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