I spotted him approximately one mili-second before I might have stepped on him. My wellington-ed foot barely avoiding direct contact. A dead rat (I couldn't look away), a flat dead rat (I couldn't avoid the seeing), a fat flat dead rat just by the gate in the yard. Oh sweet divine. I ushered the pup … Continue reading All’s Fair In Love And Pest Control
Some time ago a writer I follow on instagram posted about doing some work - even though, as she said herself, her baby was only a few weeks old and she felt it a tad early to be dipping a toe back into work stuff. She said she felt passionately about new mothers who work … Continue reading Owning Your Decisions
Deep in my heart - in my soul - I'm a very content loner. I like to sit alone, just thinking, daydreaming... or not. I'm pretty nifty at staring genuinely blankly, my brain all a-whirr with silence. If I were Oprah, the emergence of the acronym JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out) would have represented a … Continue reading What Will Now Be Known As ‘Bra Limbo’
Time is a trickster. It is flying and standing still, all at once. I know - Christmas is always busy. But this year it had been driving my mind bezerk. And I obviously had all the signs of it too. I mean, you know you're a hot mess when the person working the till at … Continue reading Time-Swallowing Toddlers
We're two weeks in with our new addition. A party of five negotiating new family dynamics and car seat arrangements. It's busy, it's messy, it's all-consuming. It's the fantastic time that is your new-life with a new-born. And so far so good-er than the first two times around. Yes, our parenting CVs read a lot … Continue reading Wheels Of Industry, Take Five
Is it OK if I try my best to just keep going next year? You know, hang onto my hat and all that? New Year's Eve makes for an unavoidable dance-off with the ghost of your year past, but right now I'm happy enough to look back on the various jigging, twirling and (at times) … Continue reading More Wishes Than Resolutions
I heard a letter being read aloud on the radio. It was from a listener, a stay-at-home father of two, who had recently been told by his wife that she wanted a marriage separation. Between the politely penned lines you could sense the terror this man is going through. He noted how he had given … Continue reading How Can You Legislate For Love Lost?