Hurrah and huzzah (I've never known the difference between the two): this long-awaited weekend finally arrived! My sister moved in on Friday, and we welcomed her with dinner at Ed's Diner, and the world's most enthusiastic toddler. Oh, he is in love. And he can only tell her so by saying her name every second and … Continue reading Roomies

We’d like to thank the banks for this one

A Guide to the United Kingdom, Part 227: 1. A few days a year, the banks all decide they want a day off. Some of them make sense, like New Year's Day (even banks feel the burn after that late night). Some of them congregate around Easter, because chocolate eggs are best eaten in pyjamas. … Continue reading We’d like to thank the banks for this one

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…

I am taking a stand, in a manner of speaking

It's Friday afternoon, it's miraculously sunny (so I should be outside getting H some quality Vitamin D), the house looks like an outtake from Hoarders (so I should be tidying), and I've got a ton of work to do (so I should be, you know, doing it). But Henry is asleep, and I'm going for … Continue reading I am taking a stand, in a manner of speaking


Me, not him. Don't worry. We're enjoying this. I am slightly burned, pebble-dashed with freckles and working through my first sandal blisters of the summer. Henry has encountered semi-nakedness and ice cream for the first time, and approves of both. The smell of sun-warmed baby cream in his hot nursery keeps taking me back with a whoosh to when … Continue reading Sunburn

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

Help with Mondays

I have become an expert at putting makeup on one-handed. (The person to not notice how dirty my mirror is wins A Prize.) He's pretty good at sitting through my shower (essential for not hating everyone), getting dressed (for public decency) and hair-drying (for not looking like a startled lion), but by the putting-makeup-on stage, the raspberry … Continue reading Help with Mondays

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