• Joy Pockets

    This week’s little gratitudes The first snowdrops of the year in our garden *** Treating the children to lovely days out – special treats and fun galore!***New words by the day from “baby” Ash *** Mr Dreaming Aloud doing all those technical things I can’t […]

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  • To all those who say “it doesn’t get any easier”

    To all those who say “it doesn’t get any easier, just different.” I say bollocks. And so does Mr Dreaming Aloud. As do many of our friends. We say – you forget just how hard little children were. Or perhaps you truly were lucky enough […]

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  • A wild woman riding the waves

    It occurs to me as I get buffeted by the storm winds of life, that all this is really research for my writing. I have learned not to panic, not to freak out, not to go running for help when it all gets a little choppy. […]

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  • I Can Only Be Me! (And You Can Only Be You!)

    So it seems, for the first time in years, perhaps ever, I am dancing into the New Year. Literally. OK, well nearly literally, the party was on the 30th, and it finished at 9.30pm as we all had to take kiddies home to bed! But […]

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  • Mama’s home!

    So after my last post and a couple of comments (all of which I deeply appreciated – they touched my soul), I saw the light. I realised I could ask for what I needed, which was to escape. I asked in love. Mr Dreaming Aloud […]

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  • The confessions of a domesticated wild woman

    As we head into a New Year, my soul is calling to be free. I am so sick and tired. Literally and metaphorically. Tired, tired, tired of the complications of emotional relationships on every level. Tired of family. This Christmas season has been fraught in […]

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  • Operation Christmas Spirit

    Operation Christmas spirit: this is my last ditch attempt to feel festive, after feeling decidedly meh! after the pottery Christmas party yesterday. So up with kiddies at 8.30, despite a lousy night, despite it being my writing day. And straight into the kitchen. I unleashed […]

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  • Losing my religion

    That’s me in the spotlight, That’s me in the corner,  losing my religion. (REM) I have a feeling that part of the problem with Christmas this year, is that it’s the first year in my life when I really, truly know that I don’t believe. […]

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  • Children are for life… not just for Christmas

    “True dat!” As my brother would say. Though it feels like a life sentence at times. And then they are so sweet. So vulnerable. So funny. And my heart melts. And then again…

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  • Festivals of light

    We are in the middle of a six week period where cultures around the world celebrate light – candles and twinkling fairy lights for Hannuka, Eid, Christmas and Advent, Diwali and Winter Solstice. There seems to be strong human urge to gather together, to feast, […]

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