Virused, outside

Some truths all little boys know in their bones. You can be blistered and crusty but the park still loves you. The best way to get over an achingly dull case of hand, foot and mouth is to get out in a gale and shout a lot. And it still counts as quarantine so long … Continue reading Virused, outside

and it’s Spring and…

in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful the queer old balloonman whistles far and wee and bettyandisbel come dancing from hop-scotch and jump-rope and it's spring and the goat-footed … Continue reading and it’s Spring and…

The park says yes

Look, I will get on top of Christmas prep eventually. I have recipes for mulled punch and sugar cookies ready to go, and my knitted garland is almost finished, and I'm planning on breaking out the wrapping paper and twine once I get through this kitchenful of dirty crockery. And, um, the general house devastation. … Continue reading The park says yes

And then: sunshine

This morning someone nudged May in the ribs and told it to get its act together. And so it brought out the sun. I wonder sometimes what it would be like to live in a country that was sunny in season. I am so unstoppably cheerful on a sunny day. When I wake up and … Continue reading And then: sunshine

Test Drive

It looks like we're at the beginning of a beautiful autumn. And so yesterday evening, after a day of squawky fussiness, we assembled the carrycot, bundled Henry into it, and got out to the park. It was the first time we'd been to Prospect Park carrying him in the pushchair rather than my uterus. A great … Continue reading Test Drive

Parklife (25 + 6)

I am married to a Womble. When he sees litter, he has to pick it up until he finds a bin. He can't help it. Today, a nice collection of beer cans. Prospect Park on a sunny evening is the perfect place for TJ to work off his hiccups. I hope he likes it, because … Continue reading Parklife (25 + 6)

Summer Days Giveth, and Taketh Away

Beautiful sunny day today – feels like summer. When I said this, Tim said ‘It is summer!’ But my infallible primary school knowledge tells me that summer is June, July, August, so I maintain this is a pre-summer bonus. A very welcome one – like every good Englishwoman, I expect overcast skies as standard, so … Continue reading Summer Days Giveth, and Taketh Away