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Imperfectly

It’s much too easy to let my blog & instagram slide into being part of the ‘perfect life’ myth – that idea that everyone else has everything great, & you’re the only one dealing with the crap. So, to redress the balance: I have really bad anxiety. I sometimes cancel plans because leaving the house

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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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