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a little bit of Sisterhood

I’m not really one for group stuff. It’s not that I’m antisocial; with the right people I’m totally chat-happy, but it’s so difficult to locate those key people, and I get so anxious, and then I need a nap. Overall it’s juat easier to skip right to the end & stay home in bed. It’s

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show & tell: a catch-up in iPhone pictures

A belated update, because my MacBook is out of action again. Sigh! I got my hair chopped last week at a salon I’d previously loved. This time my stylist spent my appt rushing between me and another customer sat in the back. After drying my hair she pronounced me ‘done’ – despite having completely forgotten

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sunshine & roses

I found the post below in my drafts folder earlier this week. My own words surprised me, because right now it’s all so different – Orla is in a ‘sunshine child’ phase, & we’re skipping along pretty happily in one other’s rhythm. It’s joyful, & all too easy to forget the days when it isn’t

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lovebirds

I’m at home when I hear her alarm call. I know Matilda, my single remaining hen is safely locked in her outdoor run, having just been out to feed her that morning; but still, she continues to cry. Outside, I greet her, stroke her feathers, & realise she isn’t calling. She’s still and silent, preening

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stuff that works: toddlers

Parenting a toddler is awesome. She is adventurous, hilarious – ‘bubble poo’, ‘no please!’ & ‘cold toast’ (bread!) – and endlessly affectionate. During my recent coughing fits, she drops whatever she is doing to come and tenderly pat my back. I find little plastic pigs in my shoes in the morning. She collects things in

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the instagrammers: @juliabesidethesea

Julia (@juliabesidethesea) & I have followed one another for a couple of years on Instagram, but we only met for real last December. With over 120k followers, she’s a bit of an Instagram celeb these days – but still, of course, as lovely, funny and friendly as ever. I knew she’d be the perfect person

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Giveaway: Sparrow & Co

All my decluttering and simplifying has led to a lot of time spent contemplating our belongings, and a pattern has emerged. I’ve realised that so many of the objects we’ve discarded as clutter turned out to be things we had never deliberately acquired in the first place – gifts, hand-me-downs, impulse purchases made for all

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