Things I Want To Remember

Ella: Ten

Earlier on this week, Ella, my eldest daughter, turned ten years old.  TEN! I can’t believe I’ve been a Mum for a decade.  As clichéd as it probably sounds, it really does feel like only yesterday that I gazed down in awe at the tiny ET look-a-like blinking up at me just moments after making…

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On wanting to freeze time…

“I can feel it all starting to speed up. The workload. School stuff. Thoughts and feelings. Birthdays and Christmas. The approach to the end of the year always feels incredibly frantic, no matter how much I try and plan and organise and control. I wish I could freeze time, like this frozen leaf, just for…

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#19: Meet a celebrity

Towards the end of my epic year spent travelling in Australia in 2013, the guy I had been travelling with and I went our separate ways.  A couple moved into the shared dorm-room in Sydney that we’d been living in at the time.  Their names were Tamarin and Pete, and they were just at the beginning of their travelling adventure.  We did…

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#23: Climb a tree

As a child, I wasn’t really all that adventurous. I preferred reading books, drawing and writing stories to going off into the wilderness exploring. My Mum and Stepdad and I would go out for walks on a Sunday (the deer park on Stanmore Common was my favourite), or head to a garden centre, but that…

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A Weekend With Friends

A couple of weeks ago my best friend and her husband came to stay with us for the weekend.  It had been over a year since we last saw them and we’d been trying to arrange it for months and months and months.  They live three hours away in Southampton, she is very close to completing her PhD and her husband…

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