Want, Need, Wear, Read

I’m writing this post on the occasion of my son’s 18th birthday. It’s a special one for him and a day of reflection for me.   Where have all those years gone and how did my teeny baby turn into a…

Mad Walls

In my heart to hearts I yearn to be a minimalist but it is not to be. For I love things that catch my eye and there are many pops of colour throughout my home. So that every surface isn’t…

Effing Gulls

For a while my aerobic exercise du choix was on the back burner. I blame the bird life around here that I’m still fatter than I’d planned. For during the summer months I am inexplicably under attack when I go…

Southend Pier

I was brought up in Southend-on-Sea, that playground for Londoners.  On the seafront there is a beach cafe and takeaway joint called the ‘Three Shells’.  It has a roof made out of big artificial scallop shells.  Yep you’ve guessed it…

Plan B…and C and D…

So a little bit of an update on the A-Level front. I’m a proud mum. My son, Louis, got really good grades. Even so they weren’t enough to get him to his first choice of university. But he did have…

Introducing Klaus the Knaus

In 2008 my most favourite possession in the world ever came into my life. He’d made it after a long drive from Hamburg in Germany. I’ve mentioned Klaus the Knaus before when I introduced Hot Stuff, the bloke in my…