Living in Hope

After a Sunday morning standing in the cold on the touchline of a rugby pitch for two hours, stamping my feet and making conversation with other parents, I’m now home, sipping tea, and half-listening to the rather random playlist Alexa has decided I like. Miss 18 and Miss 13 have gone to watch a football … Continue reading Living in Hope

Back to Earth

After the somewhat epic journey home yesterday, and a pizza and movie night with the children (we watched “Justice League”), this morning has very much been a case of “back to earth with a bump”. I got up at 6:30am to watch the end of the F1 qualifying in Australia, realised Mercedes are going to … Continue reading Back to Earth

Peace and Quiet

My younger daughters have walked into town on some sort of secret mission, my other half has gone to visit her mother, and our eldest daughter is holed up in her room with a friend. Silence has descended on the house (well… apart from the constant rumble of the washing machine and tumble dryer in … Continue reading Peace and Quiet

The Junk Room

This morning I took it upon myself to clear up the “junk room”. We are fortunate enough in our ramshackle house to have a room that isn’t really used for anything – and somehow I appropriated it many years ago as “my room”. I have shared it from time to time, and it has been … Continue reading The Junk Room

Alone for the Week

The younger children are at Guide Camp for the week – somewhere on the coast – and my other half is visiting the Lake District for a few days – at the opposite end of the country. For the first time in at least perhaps a decade, I’m going to find myself home alone this … Continue reading Alone for the Week

Off the Grid

I’ve been kind of absent from the blog for the last few days. I don’t really know why. I guess it would be easy to say “life, the universe, and everything” got in the way. I think it was John Lennon that said “life is what happens when you’re making other plans” – that fits pretty … Continue reading Off the Grid