Welly Testing

Autumn, leaves

"I'm being honest Mummy, I really don't want to go out" As I've written so many times, my two are outdoor children.  Known for mud angels (why wait for snow?), puddle jumping and generally embracing outdoor life they are happiest and most relaxed outside. It took us nearly an hour to get out the house that day - they were tired, irritable and wanting to remain firmly glued to the sofa.  Continue Reading

Dental Work With Ehlers Danlos Syndrome


One of the key diagnostic features of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is that analgesia (that's painkillers in plain English) and anaesthetics - especially local ones don't work properly.   The two main areas that people with EDS tend to discover this rather unpleasant (understatement) aspect of the syndrome are dental work and childbirth.  In childbirth, epidural anaesthesia may or may not work - or only Continue Reading

The English School of Falconry

Flying owl

It's ages since we visited the English School of Falconry back in the summer holidays, but as we're planning to go again over half term, I thought I'd post about it now as we had such a good time and this well kept secret needs sharing! Situated between Bedford and Biggleswade, the English School of Falconry does what it says on the label - it's a birds of prey centre with over 200 birds Continue Reading

George the Dragon

George Dragon

Meet George.  George the Dragon (posing - rather beautifully - on the train) Why I am posting about a dragon?  Well this dragon is a very special dragon - a very special one indeed.  This is the dragon that got the Cheetah Keeper to sit through a whole film, at the cinema, in his own seat - for the first time ever. George is available from the Little White Company who were kind enough to Continue Reading

Dear Doctor


I wrote a little while ago that our trip to Great Ormond Street Hospital in the summer had turned things kind of upside down, right way up and then left them hanging, slightly tentatively, just to one side of our normal.  As follows such an experience, a week, or two, or sometimes six later, the clinic letter drops through the door.  The carefully crafted summary of your time with the Doctor and Continue Reading

Dear Brownies

Big Brownie Birthday logo, 100 years of Brownies

Dear Brownies We've nearly finished celebrating 100 years of Brownies - the Big Brownie Birthday.  Over the last year, I've worked with the other Owls to provide you with a programme of activities that (I hope) have challenged you, made you think, made you laugh, made a mess (that's definitely true), left you out of breath and, I hope, left you with memories that will stay with you and thinking Continue Reading

Zoo Babies

baby giraffe, Whipsnade Zoo, 2 week old giraffe

Over the summer we notched up a fair few visits to Whipsnade Zoo, plus one to London Zoo where we managed to give the lovely Cas from Mummy Never Sleeps and her little boy the most whirlwind tour ever.   There are plenty of zoo babies this year and I had been desperate to see the tiger cubs - they're more teenagers now (sleeping all the time then wanting more food...) and we weren't Continue Reading

Words and Pictures


This summer, the words have not fallen out my fingers into my blog like they usually do.  Sometimes I can sit down and words flow - almost without me thinking; appearing on the screen as I (generally) want them to.  The pictures that go alongside those words, often taken before, take me back to the places we've been, the adventures we've been on and the journeys we've travelled - be they along the Continue Reading

Sky Sports Studios Summer of Sport at the O2


"Would you like to review the Sky Sports Studios Summer of Sport at the O2?" we were asked.  Erm, now let me think for a second before I bite your hand off... The Sealion Keeper is still full of Olympic Legacy - she loved watching the Commonwealth Games, she loves watching pretty much any other Olympic sport and still has in the back of her mind that she might like to be in the ladies golf team Continue Reading

Shaun the Sheep: Shear Heat DVD Review

Shaun The Sheep, Shear Heat DVD

We're back from Cornwall having had our fix of beaches, beautiful sunsets, pasties and ice cream (actually, can you ever have enough of clotted cream Cornish ice-cream???).  I digress.  To keep the children amused on what is generally a 5-6 hour journey we have portable DVD players in the back of the car and this year, the added bonus was that we were asked to review the new Shaun the Sheep DVD - Continue Reading