My Beautiful Friend

I dreamed about you again last night.  We are laughing; you are funny, smiling, alive.  And then I wake up and realise in the darkness of the room that the reason I dream of you is because you are gone. We haven’t been friends for that long in the grand scheme...
You want to live like common people?

You want to live like common people?

When the Welfare Reform Act was introduced, Iain Duncan Smith was famously quoted as saying, “I could live on £53 a week if I had to”.  A petition was set up to see if he would like to prove it but of course he could live on £53 a week ‘if he had...
Six things I’ve learned (so far) about working from home

Six things I’ve learned (so far) about working from home

Working from home used to feel like a luxury but when you have to do it full-time it becomes a slightly different proposition than a way to grab some cheeky time to yourself, or a chance to walk the children to and from school.  Having worked from home for 10 years, I...

Five ways to entertain your children, for free!

Entertaining children is no walk in the park – especially if you’ve already had your exercise for the day and can’t walk in the park. There’s also the added pressure of unhelpful suggestions that somehow we should all be getting our kids to...
How the WI has Stayed Relevant for 100 Years

How the WI has Stayed Relevant for 100 Years

I love the WI. Having performed for dozens of groups and with bookings stretching out to 2021 (know this if you know nothing else, they are organised) it has been my absolute pleasure to meet hundreds of women who are hell-bent on supporting not only their fellow...
Why Our Girls Need a Break from Inspirational Quotes

Why Our Girls Need a Break from Inspirational Quotes

Sometimes we need to give our kids a break from inspirational quotes and just let them have a laugh. My 13 y/o daughter in particular is bombarded with ‘you can be/do anything’ messages: Are you on your period? Why not ride a bike in tiny shorts!...