Surviving a heatwave with children

Remember those balmy days of your past where once the sun came out you’d be in a beer garden sipping down 90’s drinks with gay abandon before you had even phoned in sick? With kids in tow, hot weather becomes infinitely less pleasant. Here’s how to survive parenting through anything above 18C… Sunscreen Approach sunscreen…

The World At My Doorstep

I found out this week I have won 3rd prize in the Wealden Literary Festival writing competition, hurrah! The festival is billed as ‘An enchanting weekend full of words, ideas, local food, arts and crafts celebrating the nature of place’ and entries to the competition were judged by author Katherine May, whose brilliant book ‘The…

What would Beyonce do?

You can’t go far wrong in life if you live by the motto ‘what would Beyonce do’ but seeing as I lack my own collection of glittering thigh high boots and couture leotards at the moment, and Lee almost certainly doesn’t know all the words to Big Pimpin’ (poor life choices), we decided not to…

Ill behaviour.

I’m thinking of opening up my house as a weight loss clinic, after last week I lost 5.5lbs in as many days. My weight loss clinic is going to be called The Victorian Krankenhaus Poorhouse, and rather than having to do anything difficult like stop eating sugar you just turn up, lick our work surfaces…

Home.

Home. I feel these hills in my bones Love stretched taut Over the skeleton Of Froggatt Edge This sun blazed face On the right side of the valley   The colour of these rocks is my soul Dreich As the Scots But grit, enduring As Edensor blue   Fin cop Higger tor White sky Winter…