DIY: Advent Calendar

DIY Calendar

What are you all doing about advent calendars? We’ve cheated, a little. When I was little (not as little as J, but still) someone bought me an amazing book: Jostein Gaarder’s The Christmas Mystery. Each chapter is a day of advent, so you get to read a chapter a day throughout December. It’s meant for older … Read more

Ask A Midwife: What Do You REALLY Need During… Pregnancy?


So this is very exciting. A blog post I’ve been anticipating more eagerly than my daily ration of fizzy cola bottles (what? I’m pregnant you know…) In the first of a series, Clemmie Hoper – miracle midwife, mother and modern-day super woman – lays out what you really need to get you through pregnancy. In the coming weeks she’s also going to examine the … Read more

Me, me, me


(I used to live on a houseboat. It might sound idyllic but it was actually more than a little surreal. The boys from the estate opposite used to throw stones at the boat, so the man I lived with took to keeping slingshots by the windows.) ——– A few people have asked whether I’ll be … Read more

The Rules


BUT FIRST, SOME DISCLAIMERS: Mama don’t preach. I’m not here to tell you what you should be doing, for one simple reason: I don’t know.  This isn’t my scene. The only time I tried to cut the kid’s hair, even his father laughed at the results and he gets his hair cut for £4 by a … Read more

Introducing The Two Hatties

Hi! It’s been a while, I understand, but I assumed I ‘d visit and introduce you to my new project– a partnership with Super Cook and Superwoman, Hattie Rhodes. All year, we’ll be coming up with and screening family dishes that are very easy, delicious, cheap, faff-free, fad-free … and occur to be devoid of … Read more