“I’ve brought you something,” said my friend Charlotte in an ominous tone, producing something blurry in a tiny Tupperware box from her bag. We were in a cafe near Waterloo and my kids were running rings around the table. She handed over something that, when I opened the lid, looked like frogspawn without the tiny […]

My daughter E is nearly 7 but ALREADY I am making her cringe on a regular basis. I knew this would be my role when she was, like, say 11 upwards, but not now! It all feels a bit soon for such eye-rolling. When my husband and I recently attended her Sports Day, we were […]

I am not a very adventurous traveller. Despite the stamps in my passports, indicating that I’ve been to quite a few far-flung countries, I am always cautious, terrified of dodgy transport, impassable roads, diseases, bugs, and every kind of peril you can name. My husband will never let me forget how we travelled around most […]

  My three-and-a-half-year-old son is going through a really exhausting, fiesty, “f*ck you” phase, which has been dragging on for months. He wakes up, usually in a terrible temper, and starts shouting NO at anything we suggest. We have to be on alert for biting, kicking and hair-pulling. He’s wise to us bribing him, and […]

If you enjoy strange, melancholy dreamlike landscapes, derelict spaces and are fascinated by nuclear power stations, you’ve got to visit Dungeness*.  I’d always known about it in the back of my mind, but had never made it over to this stretch of coastline, which is a stone’s throw from Rye and situated on the Kentish […]

I must have visited Bristol about 10 times in my life and the impressions that I get so far are that it’s a rich, eclectic and sprawling city filled with giddying hills and gasp-worthy views, crap public transport and mind-boggling traffic, excellent bakeries (Hart’s, Baked etc) and bold, beautiful graffiti murals splashed across every available […]

Bergamot lemons. Who knew about these? I certainly didn’t. I honestly thought there was probably only one kind of lemon, the usual kind that I squeeze on everything. To be honest I don’t spend much time thinking about lemons. Well. There are actually different types of lemon lurking out there, quite independently of me knowing […]