Shoestring chic

As the wonderful Jean Kerr once wrote ‘I buy underpants like others buy gin, wildly, recklessly….’ I am the same with craft books. My latest is ‘Chic on a Shoestring’ by Mary Jane Baxter. Here she is. However, for the first time I thought I’d write a review. This way I will have a record…

Kindness

Toddlerdom is tough. For everyone. For every gurgle of joy there’s the chance of a massive strop. And that’s just me. Gosh Little One has a heck of a temper! Today was testing shall we say. Elder put it beautifully when he told me tonight that “H interrupts me being kind” – I’m lucky I’ve…

Scary!

All this talk of Halloween (partyspanner’s fab blog in particular) made me reminisce about Elders party when he was 3. I found some pics on my phone – here are some of them. I made ‘mummy dogs’ from frankfurters and pastry strips with mustard dots for eyes. And a jelly cat sitting in wormy green…

There’s a hole…

Inspired by Cheria’s blog and My Mumsnet companions, here’s my bucket list dear Liza, dear Liza…. Go to Iceland – I’ve been in love with the place since Echo and the Bunnymen went there in their ‘Porcupine’ days Go to Japan – eat sushi and drink tea and visit hello kitty world, plus Japanese quilts…

Baby steps

This week is about baby steps on a number of levels. Little One is now a ‘proper’ toddler – do you like his shoes?! I love seeing them all laid out! He’s so pleased with himself! And I’m progressing too. I already talked about light at the end of the tunnel here. Add to that me…

Light

Parkinsons is not pleasant – that much is flippin’ obvious but it’s the insidious way it robs you of the joy of life that gets me the most. Not today. Today has been quietly wonderful. Elder whizzed off to school (literally, you should see that child on his scooter) and Little One and I went…

Chook

We used to have fluffy flared Pekin chooks back in the day. Here’s my quilted homage to the girls. A very well worn quilt I know but they’re meant to be aren’t they?

Coming up roses

I do like a nice flower. I love dahlias – it’s the petal structure, it appeals to the mathematician in me. So simple but so striking. I’ve messed about with this photo using the all-pervading Instamatic app. I’ll try not to overuse it, promise. But I hope this picture makes you happy. We could all…

I don’t give a fig

What do you do when you just can’t wait to lick the mixing bowl? Persuade your mum to make a massive, just dump it on the tray, cookie. Clever boy. Just made banana and fig (from the garden) cookie. Yum!

Waiting no more

Remember this post? Sadly, I’m out of the waiting room but leaving alone. I can’t say anymore as everyone deserves their privacy but I just wanted to give an update. Wish I didn’t have to tbh. Life is short, truly. Let’s make it as sweet as we can.