There’s no Pexit for Parenting

This week has been trying. It’s been a week filled with the rhetoric of quasi political debate, lots of it based largely on a combination of tabloid fear-mongering, a mash-up of Internet memes and something vaguely intelligent that some bloke on C4 news said, or was it that comedian on the Jack Dee panel show? […]


On motherhood, middle-age and stuff…

Three things about Barcelona

How did I get to this age without ever visiting Barcelona? That was my prevailing thought during our three-day stay. I love Barcelona; properly love it in the way you love a thing that you know immediately to be flawed and troublesome at times and yet remain inexplicably tied to. It’s an exhausting city that […]

A love letter

Dear Teacher, You know that moment at parents’ evening when you look up from your register and clock me sitting, waiting, trying to peer around the pushy parents stood directly in front of me who are determined to see you first (even though it’s not their time slot)?

How to get the kids out of the door in the morning…

Three kids; one shower (well two, but only one that anyone seems to find acceptable to use in the morning), and a complex fusion of personalities – at least two of whom are most definitely NOT morning people (I’m one of them) makes the daily routine in this house an absolute nightmare.

Project Flop

*** UPDATE – See bottom of post for Flop MkII – my second attempt turned out much better than the first! *** For those of you who may not know, I’m the ‘voice’ behind the twitter feed for the wonderful, Bafta-nominated, children’s animated TV series, Bing. It’s such a lovely project to be involved in […]


I really must start to do this more often. If nothing else to save myself the 15 minutes resetting my password every time I try and log in. Earlier this week I felt inspired to write, even had one of those car journeys where an entire post forces its way into your head, spidering its […]

Mummy, what’s your hobby?

Last night, as I sat covered with children on the sofa, one of them asked what my hobby is. And I realised that I don’t have one. And that bothered me. One of them piped up: “Reading mummy, that’s your hobby”. And it is, to a degree. But I don’t dedicate nearly enough time or […]

Revolution – is it just me?

Every now and again a programme comes along that sweeps the nation up on its zeitgeisty wave, setting twitter alight and giving us all something to pretend to do on a Friday night. On paper this is what you’d expect from Revolution, currently airing on Sky 1. It’s got all the elements there; post-apocalytic landscape, […]

Happy / Hapus

We have a new daily ritual. It involves following @TiFiaCyw on twitter and attempting to learn three Welsh words every day. This week produced a particularly appealing word: