Category Archives: Reflections

Remembrance

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Not a Notting Hill Mum abroad

Removing the hair braids from Amelie’s hair … a very visual ending of the carefree seven week Summer holidays. When I say “carefree seven week holidays” obviously I mean carefree for the kids. Not their poor mother (that’s me!) . My … Continue reading

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How (not) to ice your first Christmas cake

So.. the cake was there waiting to be iced with an almost perfectly smooth covering of marzipan. I knew from memory that what I needed was Royal Icing. Again mum’s icing was famed from one corner of the globe to … Continue reading

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How (not) to marzipan your first ever Christmas cake

Making and decorating the Christmas cake has always been an important ritual in our family. The recipe was handed down from my Grandmother and handwritten in my mother’s college recipe book. In modern times my mother has always made the … Continue reading

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I’m crucifying my brother

Back to school today and the Easter holidays are behind us, but not entirely forgotten. I just went into the children’s bedroom to find my 10 year old daughter trying to force a toy golf club down the neck of … Continue reading

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Paris, eat your heart out

Another year –  another sea of red: red paper hearts hanging in every shop window and jiggling around on Google (please!), red foil on food and sparkling wine, red faces when one partner has out-shopped the other – or worse … Continue reading

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Help find a donor for baby Margot

We can all help – and  here is how: On Saturday we went along to the Tabernacle on Powis Square for what was supposed to be 10 minutes  – but turned into two hours. We normally go there for my … Continue reading

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For Sarah – A Year On

It is a year today since Sarah’s funeral. It has been a terrible year in many ways,  but the very worst thing has been that Sarah has not been there – and when other things went wrong Sarah was not … Continue reading

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Hamster hunting

I spotted Cinnamon while in the bath last night about 1.30am.  He happily stared me out, perhaps realising it was going to be tricky for me to get out and grab him fast enough. He was quite right. I tried … Continue reading

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Hamster therapy

  Recently we looked after a friend’s hamster while they were on holiday.The children became rather attached to it and my daughter in particular seemed to find it soothing to have a cuddle with Stripe – for so the hamster was … Continue reading

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Help deaf children learn – it just takes a signature

Our daughter Amelie is partially deaf – she has 50 per cent hearing in both ears. This means there are many consonants she cannot hear  and so she finds it hard to follow conversation and has to make guesses at … Continue reading

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It’s not Children’s Day, Amelie

It’s one of my favourite lines of  the day – which started with the joyful sight of my grumpy nine year old scowling, because someone had made aloud banging noise waking her up. Still she got over it and came … Continue reading

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