Thoughts on Women Returning to Work after children: PART 1

I've spoken to women who worry about whether they will be taken seriously as they return to work- or who, already back working, feel they aren't.  There's a sense that colleagues will or do think that now they are a mum, they won't have their eye on the ball.  Yes, with many of us motherhood … Continue reading Thoughts on Women Returning to Work after children: PART 1

Jumping on Castles

When we had a new washing machine delivered I kept the box.  Perfect for a new playhouse for the misses 20 months and 3-and-a-very-important-¾.I didn’t want a playhouse advertising a manufacturer of white goods though, so that night when the misses were snug in their beds I set to work dismantling the thing and turning … Continue reading Jumping on Castles

Chain Reaction

Wow. It's amazing how a little dabble into the real world has rings emanating out and back again.  After effectively retreating from the world for three years while focussing wholeheartedly on motherhood, then becoming overwhelmed by a desperate need to reconnect with myself, I'm appreciating elements of 'normal' life in a whole new way.I've undertaken … Continue reading Chain Reaction

Recipe: Spring Cleaning for Coffee-Lovers

This is fool-proof.  Or perhaps only for fools... You will need -  One stovetop espresso (For a medium-sized kitchen, a jug serving around 4 people should do the trick) - A supply or your favourite blend of coffee (a fairly expensive one, freshly ground, has the best all-round effect) - Two to four hours Method … Continue reading Recipe: Spring Cleaning for Coffee-Lovers

Fearing the fear and doing it anyway

I had this plan, this dream really, that when I turned 40 I'd throw a great party somewhere with a stage, and I'd surprise everyone by singing at my own do, with a live band.Thing is, I'm terrified of singing in public.  No, that's not the right way to describe it.  It's not terror, it's … Continue reading Fearing the fear and doing it anyway