Bamboo Mother

bamboo mother

You know you are winning as a parent when your three-year-old cries for over an hour each night, and finally falls asleep at 9.30 – 10pm, a perfectly reasonable time for a small child. After books are finished, and lights are out, I am calm. I lie peacefully beside her, remaining quiet in the face […]


Children’s Book Tuesday :: Books to Travel With

Children's Books to Travel With

Here’s a thing. Once upon a time, we lived among a thousand children’s books. There were piles next to the bed, next to the daybed, in the day bed, and bursting from every bookcase and box we could find. There was always a new unread book to pick up, and read for the first time. There […]



compassion swans

This morning I woke up to see the #sendforgivenessviral hash tag going viral in my news feed, following Waleed Aly’s sensible and intelligent plea to circulate forgiveness and kindness, rather than hatred and anger. Waleed Aly is journalist doing his best to inject goodness into the world, rather than fear, and thankfully we have at least […]


Village Life :: Culemborg

It’s Tuesday. My eldest is at school. Rosie, my three-year-old and I potter around the house. Cooking dinner. Washing up. Washing sheets. Well, I do that. She does her own thing. We wander up to the village park in Everdingen. The streets are quiet and safe. Around 11am, I pop Rosie on the back seat […]


Children’s Book Tuesdays :: Strong Girls

Hi! Welcome to the first of the Children’s Book Tuesdays link up {first Tuesday of every month}. Hopefully this becomes a thing! What children’s books have you been reading/writing/loving/quoting? We’ve been reading lots of books by, or about strong girls. And I think of it because I have two daughters, and although {or maybe regardless […]