It had started off misty and grey that day, the air damp and cool against my cheeks. By the time I reached the halfway point of the walk, the earlier haze of the morning had cleared to expose a blue sky pierced by the unexpectedly intense sun. The light filtered through the trees, dappling the … Continue reading Better in Memory
As a teenager I thought I wanted to travel the globe. My tiny world felt so small it was suffocating me. I wanted to breathe life in; walk off a plane into new smells and tastes, and look down at my feet and see earth that was unrecognisable to the ground I was used to. … Continue reading Wander-lost
An acorn came home with me from the woods. The girls had spent the afternoon stomping along the forest floor, touching the trunks of trees that had seen the last days of summer and could hold onto their leaves no longer. Fallen branches rested on the ground, and my children rested on them in turn. … Continue reading Acorn
I have a very poor attention span when it comes to relaxing and so it has been a surprise to find that spoken word has become a love of mine. I can’t watch TV without having my phone in my hand, get bored part way through magazine articles, and can’t sit still for longer than … Continue reading Spoken Word
Today is Roald Dahl Day and I was asked on Twitter which one of his books is my favourite. The answer came easily; Matilda. There are so many messages running through the book that provide hope and show the power of allowing ourselves to dream. Matilda is five and misunderstood by the rest of her … Continue reading Roald Dahl Day
This blog was written for The Motherload and first published here. We have a cat now. I didn’t really want one, but I was outnumbered. I grew up with pets myself, by which I mean I mostly ignored our dogs and begged and begged for a rabbit then promptly lost interest and left my parents to … Continue reading Do Pets Benefit Children?
This blog was written for The Motherload and first published here. Happiness, anxiety, joy, anger and disappointment all featured heavily in my IVF experience. The process started in 2012 and we were very lucky that in 2014 I gave birth to our eldest daughter. Holding her in my arms for the first time is one of … Continue reading To The Embryos That Were Lost