From Hay Festival, with love and venison

Greetings from the sick bay! Honestly, small children get bugs so often that it's a good job we're not Tudors, because we'd always be hanging up herbs over the door. Since they eat a reasonable amount of fruit and veg and spend a lot of time outdoors, I have to conclude that their immune systems … Continue reading From Hay Festival, with love and venison

The best game in the world: sick bed edition

March is a many-stranded thing. This year, at least, the winter of our discontent is still very much now, and we can't go a couple of days without a blast of snowy rain and freezing wind. I want the gentle spring weather, but Russia ate it. I saw cherry blossom trees trying their hardest to … Continue reading The best game in the world: sick bed edition

Fringe benefits

(That joke only works if you're English. For the Statesiders: More Bangs for your Buck, perhaps? Leave suggestions below.) This is a story about hair. Are you obsessed with hair too? I am. Once there was a girl who had a perm. Because she was fifteen, and her hair was frizzy-wavy so wasn't up to … Continue reading Fringe benefits

The best game in the world: dawn chorus edition

It's almost 8.30am, and Henry, after his usual 5am freak-out, is still asleep. I have been capering around, giddy with it, since I woke up ten minutes ago. Ever tried to get down our creaky stairs in absolute silence? It requires some Spiderman-like ankle work, let me tell you. via iwastesomuchtime.com So before we start … Continue reading The best game in the world: dawn chorus edition

Snapshot

I am sitting in a late-night house with a catastrophic kitchen and a fresh pumpkin pie at my back. There's a dangerous mixture of Coke and condensed milk swilling around in my stomach. I think my teeth are dissolving. (There may be someone, somewhere, who can resist drinking condensed milk straight out of the tin, … Continue reading Snapshot

The best game in the world: procrastination edition

In a minute, I'll be making a large batch of bacon and onion mini quiches, because we just discovered Henry will eat them. And you DON'T MESS WITH THAT. First, though: books! Since H started his love affair with picture books, we've settled into a little routine of walking to the library every Tuesday afternoon. … Continue reading The best game in the world: procrastination edition