Countdown to School

Yesterday the girls and I walked up to our local high street to buy some Christmas cards. It was a cold morning, and we were all wrapped up. The little one whinged; she had refused the buggy but didn't want to walk either. As if to prove her point, she fell over three times on … Continue reading Countdown to School

Postnatal Confinement

BBC news published an article this week about postnatal confinement, a traditional practice that is widespread within the Chinese community. Confinement is thought to be important because of the community's belief that the immunity of both mother and baby is low following the birth (note; I have not researched the science behind this belief). Women traditionally … Continue reading Postnatal Confinement

Home Town

Early on Saturday morning I caught the train to Birmingham. It was still pitch black as the train left Bristol, and the light didn’t break through the darkness until about an hour into my journey. Dawn arrived as the train pulled into Gloucester, and I recognised the familiar landscape of the city that I grew … Continue reading Home Town


As a teenager I thought I wanted to travel the globe. My tiny world felt so small it was suffocating me. I wanted to breathe life in; walk off a plane into new smells and tastes, and look down at my feet and see earth that was unrecognisable to the ground I was used to. … Continue reading Wander-lost

Spoken Word

I have a very poor attention span when it comes to relaxing and so it has been a surprise to find that spoken word has become a love of mine. I can’t watch TV without having my phone in my hand, get bored part way through magazine articles, and can’t sit still for longer than … Continue reading Spoken Word