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mother’s day

I found her under a gooseberry bush, which is a euphemism of course for a labour so painful I really-actually thought I was going to die. I did not find childbirth spiritual or beautiful. Instead, it found me, violent & terrifying; a trauma so gruesome that under any other circumstance you’d be given a week

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Lust List: April

{ As if there’s only three things I want in a month. Ha! } Vintage star maps, because I’m already decorating the bedroom of the dream house in my mind. Smock dresses, especially this sheer blush pink number from ASOS. I can’t really pull off smocks – they flare out over my curves & make

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Sunday food: Cinnamon buns

I’m calling these a Sunday food, but we eat them most days at the moment. Orla’s started waking at 6am, & these cinnamon rolls are just the right combo of sugar & carbs to tempt me out of bed & down to the coffee machine. As always, I obsessed until I had the recipe perfected.

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the dream house

  Dreaming, dreaming of the big old storybook house we’ve found in the hills. 230 years old, with open fires, creaky floors & the warm, comforting heat of a big old AGA. If we lived here, we’d never need to move again. If we lived here, it would be happily ever after. Between us &

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Sunday Food: proper crumpets

“in the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trips to Disneyland, but the common threads that run throughout and repeat; the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes…” – Kim John Payne I love this quote (via mamawatters) because it so perfectly says what I’ve always

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Notes for my Daughter

  Not sure it’s really possible to fast-track wisdom, but in case it is, & in case I get hit by a bus, etc, an ongoing list:   Read! It doesn’t matter what – it will make your thoughts clearer, your mood lighter & your spelling better. Everyone thinks they are a good driver. Most

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Resolved

How are you getting on with your New Years resolutions? I ask because I am kicking ass with mine! Sorry, not very modest but then modesty is so 2013… The biggest change for me has been around ‘selfishness’. I’m no Mother Theresa, but probably like a lot of women with low self esteem, I can

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One

She is one. This seems completely impossible, but the calendar confirms is is true. She sleeps snuggled close to one of us in our big bed. She likes to tuck her feet around against my tummy for warmth, & push against me, just like she did when she grew inside. She uses words – uh

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