LATELY

LATELY

Happy New Year! Or is that old already!? Doesn’t matter, I still wish you it. I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday and managed to spend some quality time with loved ones as that’s what it’s all about even though my entire family except Ayla thankfully, came down with this god awful bug doing it’s rounds, we were all ill within loving company! probably how it passed through to each other. As you can see. I’m not a regular blogger, I find it impossible to find the time to keep it up the way I did before Ayla came along,

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PLANS & HOPES & ALL THAT’S IN BETWEEN

I disappeared again. Did you notice? Of course not! why in the world would you, you have your own lives to live! And just like you….possibly, I’ve been working hard trying to raise a citizen of the earth, and hopefully getting it right! I’ve done a little writing here and there, but mainly trying to focus on my little ones early years! She’s eighteen months old by the way! yup! I’ve been focusing on trying to make sure my little one has as much autonomy as possible and the confidence to have trust in herself as I am convinced these

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GUEST POST – SALLY DAYBY JOHANNA HARNESS

As you may remember, I recently reviewed Johanna Harness’s début novel Spillworthy, it was a beautiful story, one in which a number of children have missing guardians/ loved ones in their lives and how each child  is desperately seeking that missing love. Sometimes it takes a certain incident or a chain of events to realise what you thought was missing, was in fact there all along. That’s enough from me, I’ll hand you over to the wonderful Johanna, who has a very special something to say about the importance of nurture and and the simple act of thankfulness. The Space

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THIS EARTH WAS MADE FOR TRAMPLING

“I must warn you, I’m not wearing a coat!” the husband cautioned me on Sunday morning as we prepared to leave the house and make our way to Mudchute farm. Having been raised in the North, he is of the ” you think this is cold!?” attitude and wears inappropriately little in cold weather. “Neither am I,” I replied, having flung all the windows open wide that morning. I bellow out “Sunshine! sunshine!” and woosh open the curtains with greater haste than usual whilst the husband walks through rooms without opening curtains. I’m someone who literally runs full steam ahead

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LIFE ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM

It’s in the title, I’m doing one of those mama tired posts where I put up a few pics from my instagram to show you out there that I am still alive and doing so in an oh so trendy way! The truth is, I blog when I can, and I do so when I am not (a) passed out on the couch watching a Frasier DVD or Girls (b) reading 3 pages of a book, or (c) attempting to knit something, all in between going to the bedroom to feed my one year old back to sleep. Yes, I

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ON BEING NINE MONTHS DOWN THAT ROAD

Of course I wrote this post a week ago but as usual life took over but here it is, finally completed! We’ve been awfully busy at Cranmer headquarters mainly with illness ( me and not the little one thankfully) so haven’t had a chance to say hello! But I’ll hopefully be permitted , soon to write a little something here, but honestly, my little one barely stops moving for a second!! Does anybody have any activities, to recommend for such an adventure cat like mine? I mean other than a hamster wheel to wear her out! Just kidding, I’d do

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GREENWICH PENINSULA ECOLOGY PARK, SPIDERS & SWINGS

Last weekend the promise of fine weather had us dashing out of the house in haste! I’m sure we weren’t the only ones! Each time the sun puts his hat on, I hear myself saying ‘this could be the last day of summer’ even though summer waved goodbye ages ago and autumn rolled on in. After checking a list of places I desire to go to on my phone which I have high hopes of being 100% baby friendly ; they must allow my little one to walk freely as that is what she loves to do these days, that

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OCTOBER CAME A-KNOCKING

        October has a funny way of suddenly happening, I think I say that each year. Yesterday as the baby and I took a walk in the grey half-light of autumn (she slept in the carrier) I spied fallen conkers and watched squirrels chase each other through piles of leaves upon the ground then up and away into the trees which are becoming bare and therefore altering the light upon the landscape, as the light now has wide gaps to pass through. The day begins to yawn and say goodnight at 6 in the evening, pushing our clocks

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THE BABY’S DAY OUT

It’s in the title, the little one insists on me leaving the house, she does not care for a writer’s solitary lifestyle of which I’ve been accustomed to. My misanthropic endeavours have been thwarted by this cute, friendly eager being who smiles at every stranger, beguiling them with her enchanting powers! I find myself talking to strangers (usually other mothers) more than ever and nodding to passengers on the bus as my baby decides to act out a loud, hysterical monologue (god I love her). This little being who can now pull herself up to stand, wishes to do so…all

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WEDDINGS, LOCHS COTAGES & THE SEA

Well now, hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything other than my buggy palavar… don’t even get me started. We’ve just returned from a lovely trip in the North to celebrate my brother in law’s wedding in Scotland  on Lock Lomand which we then finished off in a cottage in Banburgh, Northumberland where the little one had a fever and experienced her first flu.The poor darling needed extra cuddles, extra feeds and to sleep literally on top of me. The beautiful couple in the enchanting setting of Loch Lomand with a ceremony that nearly had me

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