Competition time

I have entered a competition.  I think its the first competition I have entered since High School.  Having entered this one I now know why it's been 22 years since I competed.  I'm just not very good at it and it makes me nervous.  I would be hugely appreciative if you could visit my entry at…

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Starry starry night

Many years ago a friend went home to his parents for the weekend.  On his return I asked him how it had been and he replied,’ there was lots of sky’.  I have never forgotten that statement. If you live in a city like I did at that time, you don’t notice the sky between…

Seders I have known

In 1997 in Wellington, New Zealand I attended my first Passover Seder.  I had absolutely zero idea what a Seder was, truth be told, I didn't really know what Passover was.  I had vague recollections of being taught about this important Jewish holiday in a Religious Education lesson at high school but as my RE…

Ode to Jesse

Dear Jesse Thank you for coming to stay with us this week. Thank you for remembering me and not holding a grudge that we gave you to another loving member of the family when so many children arrived in such a short time. Thank you for being the same furry, cuddly bundle you always were Thank you…

Good Day Sunshine

The strangest thing happened this morning.  Everyone I met on the early morning drop off was happy.  What's the secret?  Mother's loading 3 or more children into cars with smiles on their faces, men chatting happily with small children in carseats behind them, the lollipop man was smiling, someone let me out and smiled at…

Hey Mama

Today is Mother’s Day in the UK, the perfect opportunity to expound on a Mama’s number 1 enemy, no not alcohol…guilt. I defy you to find a mother who does not feel guilt at some point, if not all the time.  I would also go as far as to add that those who were immune…

Si Si San Miguel

When I think of expats I think white vests strained over burnt bellies sipping San Miguel in an English caff in the Costa Del Sol. Definitely not the reality of the millions living away from their birth country for most expats. These days so many Brits seem to be intent on leaving Britain with its rain and…