Here comes the sun

The other day, I heard on the radio that the Meteorologists regard the 1st of March as the start of spring.  And after a few days that were a bit touch and go, right on cue for the weekend here comes the sun.  It’s days like these that make me love working from home. I dropped Libby off at nursery where she spent a considerable amount of time playing outside in the sandpit by the sounds of it.  Lia, Pluto and I headed for the hills to make the most of the glorious sunshine. On a sunny day, I wouldn’t…

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Help them home

In my role as a copywriter, I often find myself providing commentary on the pressures on the NHS. It is widely accepted that the aging population has a significant effect on our health service alongside economic pressures. So I was saddened today to read the results of a survey carried out by the Royal Voluntary Service.  It turns out that 40 per cent of people aged over 75 years old who are in hospital at any given time are well enough to be discharged. And 70 per cent of nurses delay releasing elderly patients purely because there is insufficient support…

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Woods Alive

Most weekends we try to get out and about at least one of the days. After a hideous day of rain yesterday, this morning was looking a bit more promising.  Breakfast was rather a relaxed affair with poached eggs on toast and chocolate croissants on the menu. Lia is able to feed herself now, but she hasn’t quite got the hang of doing it without any mess.  So after a rather urgent clean up and clothing change, we headed to the Worcester Woods Country Park. Today, they had woodland crafts and working shire horses in the woods for their Woods…

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The role model

All children need role models. Some things can only be learned by example and you teach them better than I ever could.  You have gone through so much, more hardship than most of us could cope with in a lifetime. Yet you are so young in years and you’ve put it all behind you. You teach my children about hope.  They see you put the day’s problems to sleep with the setting sun and wake in the morning full of the joys of a new day. And in that day you live for the moment and make every minute count.…

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Unexpected flying toast

You know those beautiful blog posts you read about how much of a blessing young children are and how people are doing the best for their bright, well behaved children?  This isn’t one of them. This is about real life.  This is about the minor things that go wrong every single day that make bringing up children a bit like swimming through treacle.  There are the normal things that you expect. Getting ready to go out, thinking for once that you’re going to be on time to a baby group. Then one dirty nappy, and a toddler needing the toilet…

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