What I took away from the joyful chaos of the school Nativity play

As the lights dimmed and the noise thinned to an expectant hush, parents finally perching their bottoms onto miniature benches laid out in rows, the annual reception class nativity play began. It was chaotic but delightful, and as it unfolded and wrapped up to the enthusiastic cheers and laughter of indulgent families, I couldn’t help…

Review: Reading in Heels

So after a two-year love affair with a previous subscription box came to a disappointing “it’s not me, it’s definitely you” end last month – and me also in denial of its target market but headily embracing the chic, the gloss and the glitter while it lasted – I discovered a worthy new fling…Reading in…

Scottish Holiday Reality

That moment when the first day of the Summer holiday begins…but your husband’s cheerful fantasy of hiking a compliant family up the side of a Scottish mountain to show the kids the clouds are quite literally hurled to the wind when you awaken to howling gales, driving rain and the relentless negotiations of two small…

Yarn Bombing the Victorians

I hope the Victorians had a playful side. If not, they may well have been deeply unamused by the antics down at our local graveyard today. But I was. With nothing more pressing to do on a grey day, we ventured down to the local cemetery. As you do. To scramble (respectfully) amongst the graves…