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…

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…

A Morning Spent in Bed

The following was written as a tribute to my maternal Grandmother for her 80th Birthday and was later read at her funeral. It aims to capture her essence, a moment of her life and the things she loved. Not quite a poem, more an ode! *** A cup of strong tea in bed lists dangerously…