Choose Motherhood (although at this time of year, one wonders why sometimes….x)

I loved Trainspotting…I quite like being a mum too, but bloody hell, am I glad it’s the last day of term before the holidays. I’ll be back in January 2014, but until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xx Choose Motherhood. Choose 50 unenumerated festive jobs alongside the usual weekly marathon. Choose a career ‘break’ which also means no office Christmas Party. Choose an extended family, each with their own interpretation of parenting style, appropriate tea time snacks and noisy battery operated presents, Choose a f**king big television that will only stream CBeebies so you can write 148 Christmas cards that have now missed the … Continue reading Choose Motherhood (although at this time of year, one wonders why sometimes….x)

Hooking up with the Women’s Institute…

I am just about emerging from the food coma that is a weekend at Denman College…The past 72 hours completely challenged my expectations of a weekend with the WI, and I’m left feeling much calmer, focussed and yes, full. My friend (a seasoned WI member) and myself (interloper) embarked on a weekend Crochet for Beginner’scourse at the WI College Denman, which is located in the super pretty village of Marcham in Oxfordshire. The course was run by the ever-patient Lindy Zubairy, who was super all weekend, and completely tailored the sessions to the diverse abilities within the group. A chunky … Continue reading Hooking up with the Women’s Institute…

Patience -a virtue begrudgingy learned.

I am not a patient person. No matter how fast broadband becomes it will never be quicker than turning a page in a magazine or book, and even then, that can be too slow. Projects get started and then I get excited about the next, then the next, turning what I’m doing into a chore. My relationship with my smartphone is tempestuous and unforgiving -accessible, yet demanding, ever present, but not quite close enough to the information I wanted to have an hour ago. And this is not good. It means I stop enjoying the hand crafted projects I undertake … Continue reading Patience -a virtue begrudgingy learned.

Ranty-Friday: Does Facebook Make Me a Bad Housewife?

Aside from the fact that I think smart phone manufacturers are in league with Vision Express in making screens smaller so that anyone over the age of 30 will need a stronger prescription after a year of use, I’m increasingly concerned by my own use of Facebook let alone anyone elses. I’m not talking about the usual stories of neglect -how much time we spend uploading our daily life whilst it merrily carries on around us. After all, Enid Blyton abandoned her kids in their cots for hours at a time with only a teddy and jam sarnies for company … Continue reading Ranty-Friday: Does Facebook Make Me a Bad Housewife?

Treat me like a lady…

So it’s Women’s Day…I really wonder how this is the case. Surely it’s 2013? Women are equal? But what exactly does it say about the global status of women if we still need to have a ‘day’? I make no apologies or attempt to hide the fact that I’m a feminist. A domestic feminist at that. Chances are, if you think women should be afforded the same respect, rights and equality of opportunity as men, cats and gerbils then you are too. I make the choices I make because I can, because I want to and usually because I’ve had … Continue reading Treat me like a lady…

My Fabric Family Tree…

I’ve been tidying and having a sort out recently(were hopefully selling our house) and I realised that I have something of a fabric obsession. It’s genetic. Can’t argue with it. Then I got me a thinking about where all these pieces came from, and there were some good times…Some pretty icky screaming baby times too, but I realised I have quite the stash to pass on to my kids and family in the future. Nice thought that. 1. (Mum) Sam’s Birth 2008;2. (Aimee) Hattie’s Birth 2012;3. (Mum) Hattie’s Birth 2012;4. (Me!) Whilst pregnant with Hattie 2012;5. (My Nan) My Birth … Continue reading My Fabric Family Tree…

A Defence of Jam and Jerusalem…

A jam wall, physically fending off EU legislation… So the EU (not content with investing time and more money into tackling the economic crisis and making delayed decisions about extraditing terrorists) have decided to pick on the stalwart, nay the backbone of British society -the Women’s Institute. Although it’s not just the WI who are targeted -anyone who has been making their own preserves and perhaps selling or trading their surplus at the legions of fantastic farmer’s  and church markets around the country could also be at risk. Their argument is not necessarily about the quality of the product within … Continue reading A Defence of Jam and Jerusalem…