About us

My name’s Rachel. Tim and I met over a game of badly played chess; several years and a hundred and two letters after this rocky start, we got married. I’m a sometime editor and copywriter, and these days fit it in alongside train tracks and finger painting. He does computers, and by golly, he does them very well.

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just look at that computery little face

We spent three years just loving each other’s company, and then babies arrived to make things even better.

Henry is the sort of boy who never walks when a sprint will do the job better, and harbours a serious ambition to talk the hind leg off a donkey. We adore everything about him, and so does the donkey.

Edward (Teddy) is all white-blonde hair, cheeks and gigantic lung-busting bellows. He’s the sort of sweetheart you count yourself lucky to meet.

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I write about cooking and the arts; love and marriage; the grit and glory of mothering small, determined people covered in baked beans and worse. I believe in telling true stories, and creating kind spaces to honour yours.

This space is made what it is by you lovely people, so please do comment and find us on social media. We love hearing from you! You can find my email address and social media buttons by the blog header.

Rachel x

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16 thoughts on “About us

  1. Rachel, can I just say, your blogs make my day every single time I read one. They make me laugh, nod in agreement, get excited, and give me a ton of new energy to pick myself up and get going no matter what. THANK YOU! Welcomed Side-effect: It often feels like I am still somewhere in Reading hiding and observing.

  2. I have, this morning, nominated you for a lovely blog award:


    I don’t really do viral self-replicating blog awards but it was nice to be nominated and it gave me the chance to give something back: your blog always makes me laugh and smile in all the right places.

    You thoroughly deserve this, but please, please do not feel you have to accept it! However, if you do, you know what to do next.

  3. Hi Rachel, love spending the day with you all in London, i miss it too. Maybe i should take a short break and go visit. But that is not why i am writing in this obscure section of your blog. I need to know how to put tabs at the top of my blog and how to tag my posts to it. I have tried to do it a number of times unsuccessfully but you seem to have managed it so i have come a asking, please. Bev

  4. Hi Rachel, came across this place when I was browsing through pregnancy blogs. I liked what I read and I’m still reading. Your writing style is really good. It makes me laugh and smile. I’d like to follow the blog and through it your life. Hope its fine. I assure you I’m not a stalker. 🙂
    Love from India

  5. I’ve never followed a blog before, but your words and pictures resonate so strongly with my family life (we also have two small boys). Although I am all for learning about other people’s experiences of the world, sometimes it is lovely to read about someone who seems to be going through the same things as you. Thank you.

    1. Oh, what a lovely thing to read! I agree – sometimes it just helps to band together with people that ‘get’ it, because they’re in a similar situation. Two boys is a whirlwind, isn’t it?! Mostly I write this to stay sane – and remember their lovely moments 🙂 Thank you so much for being here!

  6. Found your blog yesterday, just at the right time! Really needed to hear about another mummy and ahem interesting times with toddler and baby. I have laughed, cried and can’t stop reading this fabulous blog, inspiring!

    Off now to consider my hills on which to die upon and see if mine match with the husbands!

  7. Hi there

    I wanted to comment on how beautiful your article is on parenting 2 little ones. Being a mother of 2 myself, chaos and pjs is all I really remember for the first 6 months. I am just about to become a primary school teacher at 39 (retrained after realising my senior marketing job in London didn’t fit with my kids) and I have had several realisations recently that I really wanted to post about but didn’t know where. I’m not really a mums net kind of person so I was wondering whether I could be a guest writer on your blog from time to time? I guess I want to get these ideas out there in the hope they may help someone somewhere.

    All the best

  8. Rachel, I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying reading your posts. They make me feel all the emotions that come with understanding the fun and highs and lows that the amazing whirlwind of parenting brings with it. A mutual friend sent me the link to your site and I’ve been reading now since Christmas, I’ll be continuing to read and hope you all have a fantastically “mad” 2016. I have 2 small children too 😊

  9. Hi Rachel, I’ve been following you for a while now, since I had my first baby girl in 2014, and just wanted to say, not only do I love what you write and regularly get teary-eyed while reading (new thing since being a mum), but how you write. Beautiful. Please write a novel one day. I’ll be first in line.

  10. Ah also, have you heard of The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aron? I think Henry might be one (my eldest daughter is) and it’s such a wonderful read, celebrates those of us who are shy/emotionally in touch/ highly sensitive as a really positive trait – sorry if this is getting a bit personal but I always get excited when I find something good and want to share it 😬

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