I love fudge, but had only ever tried making it once before, a cheats way that didn’t involve the boiling and stirring – and as with most cheats ways, it was nice but not as good as the real thing. So I have had another go, this time properly. It was easier than I thought, and while it needs constant attending to, I actually enjoyed having nothing to do but stir for a bit, and merrily passed the time accompanied by 6 music. Stir and dance with Lauren Laverne to keep me company.Read More
School is a mile and a quarter walk from our house, a two and a half mile round trip that I repeat twice daily five days a week. The seasons change, some days we roast and swelter as we amble through air thick with summer heat, some days we stumble under the weight of waterproofs, wading through torrents and blusteriness.
It is easy in the light of events like those that occurred in Paris on Friday, to feel angry, to hate, to turn on those who are innocents, to turn inwards. But what the world needs now is love.Read More
I was going to write an opening paragraph about how the shorter, rain filled days make me crave cake, but that wouldn’t be strictly true, I always crave cake, whatever the weather. I guess the difference at this time of year is that where as a Summer’s day might make me dream of light lemon sponges, Autumn days make me crave something richer and darker, like these chocolate and almond brownies.Read More
A couple of nights ago, when undressing for bed, I discovered mittens in my bra. One on each side, nestled down the edge of my boobage.
What a soggy week it has been, school runs have seen me soaked all the way down to my pants, and the general gloom and torrents of water pouring from the sky meant we spent it mostly indoors, unless forced out by necessity.Read More
We had a family walk in the woods on Monday, my parents, all five of their grandchildren and I went to Thorncombe Woods for a wander. It was lovely to see my boys having such a lovely time with their cousins, and my daughter enjoyed borrowing a dog for the occasion. The fog gave everything an extra air of magic and the boys took seriously a quest to spot fungus. A gorgeous morning in lovely company, a last blow away of the cobwebs before the return to school on Tuesday.Read More
My boys are ravenous when they come in from school and always need a snack to see them through until dinner time. Sometimes they raid the snack cupboard for chocolate coated biscuits, sometimes I am the sort of über mum who has healthier homemade cookies ready to go. These particular ones are healthy and easy to make, and a perfect way of using up bananas that are on the turn. These 3 ingredient banana cookies make an ideal after school snack with a glass of milk and are filling enough to tide them over until half past 5 without too much nagging about ‘How much longer?’ dinner is!Read More
I went home for the afternoon at the weekend. Home home, the town where I grew up. I love where I live now, but what I miss most about my childhood home is it’s proximity to the beach. I can’t really moan, I still live only a few miles from the coast, but growing up we were a five minutes walk from all this…Read More
My girl is home for reading week and we snuck off for a bit of Mother/Daughter time yesterday afternoon. We popped over to my home town for the afternoon in hunt of cool stuff in the fringe arts festival. Sadly there was less to see than we hoped, but it did provide a chance to pop into my favourite pub for lunch, and also to catch two friends who were running a fab ‘soundscape’ art installation from within a pop up bobble hat.Read More