How NOT to clean your house

If you try your hand as a stay-at-home-parent, you may expect to become a domestic god(ess) overnight. Prepare for disappointment. Obviously I’m a total pro now though…hmm, well anyway…in a bid to persuade myself I have actually learnt a thing or two – and maybe to save others from the savage snares and perilous pitfalls of…

Have baby, will travel: 1 year on

29th October, 2013 Globetrotting tot turned 1 this week. Where did that year go? The stats of his life so far shape up like this: 5 months in Taiwan 5 months in the UK (England and Wales – roughly half and half) 2 months in New Zealand I’m very proud of my little world traveller.…

Hiking Lullabies

22nd October, 2013 Like most new mums I’ve spent a fair few hours rocking back and forth with a small person who refuses to sleep. It doesn’t happen so much now, fair enough, but I’ve done my time. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if women with children have, on average, slightly longer arms than…

Blenders, baking and bleeding

I’m back in the kitchen and I’m not happy… 12th October, 2013 Cooks of the world, go to your kitchens right now! Are you there? Right, now give your blenders/mixers/food processors – whatever whizzy devices you have – a loving little kiss. Go on. Do it. (Avoiding the sharp bits). There. Finally the appreciation they…

Off we go…again

Less than 2 weeks to go til I take to the skies with an infant – again.  Ioan (10 months) and I leave for New Zealand in 10 days and I seem to have a million jobs to do before then. But instead of doing them, I’ve dug out this piece I wrote back in…

Blogging at last!

Mummyhood has helped me discover a new superpower. What could it be? I hear you ask. Multi-tasking? Lightning reflexes? A sixth sense for when your child is in danger?  Nope. None of the above. It is the enhanced art of procrastination. I can now put off – almost indefinitely – all but the most essential tasks…