End Of Term – Progress, Transition and Apologies


I have 2 hours until I pick up the Cheetah and Sealion Keepers from school.  We have staggered through and made it to both the end of term and the end of this academic year, with, essentially, all limbs intact.  I am so not a gushy end of term person.  I believe I may be the only person who has been to all the nativity plays and not needed a tissue.  Not one.  I will admit to having tears stream Continue Reading



I have my independence back!  Freedom is mine (well, sort of).  After 6 weeks in plaster, I have my arm back - admittedly with not a great deal of movement and a fair bit of swelling - but  I can drive, wash without my arm in a binbag and type with both hands. I happened to be talking yesterday with Laura from Tired Mummy of Two about what would happen if the cast did, or didn't come off.  The Continue Reading

Geocaching at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

Rabbit, Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, National Trust

Every time we go to the zoo, we drive past the little National Trust sign to the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral.  It's one of our closest National Trust spaces but in that it's just that, a space, with no property, shop or loos we've never stopped.  Until it was discovered that there are geocaches there!  After our geocaching adventures in Norfolk (so much to blog, only one hand to type with, still), we Continue Reading


Lavender, macro, failure

There are  some days when, no matter what you achieve professionally or domestically you feel like an utter failure. Whether you've taken the perfect photo or created the most amazing meal - or merely managed to get the correct children in the correct place at the correct time, you still feel an utter failure. For me, those failure days tend coincide with parent's evening at school. When you Continue Reading

The Sports Day Victory

Sports Day, Additional Needs, Health, Primary School

Last week saw the annual hell that is Sports Week.  I *may* have, not very secretly, hoped for rain.  After our experiences last year I had embarked on a mission to carry on the amazing work the Cheetah Keeper's physio had put in (ie keeping him positive about Sports week even though we knew he was going to be last at everything) and also to get the school to make changes to the 'race day'- mainly Continue Reading



Today I am 39. Time, as they say, is marching on.  I'm not that sure about marching - some days it seems to be dragging on forever (although that tends to be when I'm sitting in a basement clinic within the NHS), other days/weeks/months seem to fly by at a Usain Bolt on speed kind of pace (not that Usain Bolt would ever take anything like that, obvs) 39 - that's rather close to 40.  So Continue Reading

50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ at Brancaster Staithe

Wild Wednesday, National Trust, Norfolk, Brancaster Staithe

I promised you some moody Norfolk photos in my last post after our holiday in Heacham in May Half Term this year.  The Bank Holiday weekend was glorious and the family spent most of the time in the outdoor pool whilst I donned the sunglasses and enjoyed watching them.  Then the heavens opened - and stayed open for the best part of 24 hours.  By the Wednesday, as much as I was quite happy in our Continue Reading

Ulnar Shortening – Becoming Half Mummy, Half Droid

Rosa Fascination, ulnar shortening

I have been a bit quiet on here of late.  After the baked bean tin incident the dressings finally came off on the Friday before half term.  The experience had shaken me more than I had appreciated and the words didn't fall out my fingers onto here.  We spent half term in Norfolk (moody pictures to follow) and then after 3 days of running around like a headless chicken normality I climbed into a Continue Reading

Britmums Live 2014 – The View From The Sofa

Britmums Live, Britmums 2014, Britmums Butterflies

Last year I spent Britmums on my sofa at home, desperately jealous of everyone there, still recovering from my elbow surgery and subsequent infections and watching tv celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.  I bought my ticket for Britmums Live 2014 as soon as they went on sale The year went by, I agreed to become a "Britmums Butterfly" and subsequently agreed to have my arm operated on, 2 Continue Reading

BritMums Butterflies Tips For Travelling In London

St Paul's Cathedral, London

There's 2 days to go until BritMums Live 2014 (as far as I know it is Wednesday today...)!  For many of the bloggers coming, the trip to The Brewery will be incredibly straightforward as they travel around London on a regular basis.  If that applies to you, this post probably isn't for you, unless you'd like to have a glance through in case I've missed something.  For those of you who haven't been Continue Reading