# Tuesday, 07 March 2017

This past weekend was my sons birthday and unfortunately I woke up unable to function. Despite trying to carry on as normal it soon became clear after having been sick several times that I wasn’t going to make the much anticipated birthday party. The grandparents were drafted in to help and everything went ahead without me. I feel awful for missing the party but it made me wonder what others do that don’t have a local support network to fall back on.

Even in the days following the party it has been a struggle to get back to normal everything has to continue whether you are sick or not. Children still need to be taken to and from school and have their meals, bath time and bedtime at sensible times. I think the most difficult thing is that you don’t get enough time to recover from the illness because you are more focussed on the needs of the children. Missing out on much need reoccupation time means it takes longer to recover. Luckily this has been my first sick day since I was pregnant with my 2nd child nearly four years ago so it doesn’t happen often, but I do miss being able to call in sick to work and spend the day in bed. I guess parents don’t get proper sick days.

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# Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The courgettes have recently started bearing fruit and there seems to be a new one every few days. My favourite way to use them is always in pasta which we tend to eat a lot of. Fresh from the garden they really do improve the flavour of pretty much any pasta dish. With the tomatoes nearly ready I think that pasta is going to be on the menu a lot for the next few weeks.

posted on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:49:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 27 July 2016

I’m feeling a little envious when I see posts from other mothers who are able to spend the summer holidays taking their children on day trips or booking a break away. Being self employed means I still have to work as normal but with two children at home. It’s certainly challenging and only 4 days into the summer holidays I’m stuck between trying to work as usual and feeling guilty I can’t spend as much time as I want to with the children. So far they have managed to amuse themselves without too many issues but I’m sure the games will soon run out and it will be a struggle to find entertainment that they can do independently whilst I work. I wonder how others in the same situation manage it.

posted on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:38:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 20 July 2016

With the recent heatwave I have seen a number of reports of children being shut in hot cars whilst their parents go shopping. Having sat in the car for just five minutes with the car air con off waiting for husband I watched how the temperature quickly started to rise. How a parent can shut a child in a car for more than 40 minutes when the temperature outside is 30 degrees plus is anyone’s guess. I’m unsure why anyone would leave a child alone in the car to go shopping, to me it seems plain irresponsible but to do so on hot day is just dangerous and poor parenting. I’m glad to see that the children in the reported incidents survived but the outcome could have been tragic.

posted on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:44:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 15 July 2016

Jam season is certainly here. Whilst most of the strawberries didn’t make it inside the house, due to being eaten en route, we did manage a few ports of strawberry jam. This was followed by a good batch of gooseberry jam with donated fruit from a neighbours allotment. My favourite is always the raspberry jam. Currently I’m picking a punnet of raspberries a day and averaging 3 pots of jam from each batch. It really is rather good this year.

posted on Friday, 15 July 2016 09:29:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 30 June 2016


I made this a few weeks ago for the first time and its quickly become a family favourite. The thing I like about making meatloaf is that its quick and easy. Once all the ingredients are in the tin it can be left for just under an hour to cook and its usually enough to serve the family for two meals.

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# Wednesday, 29 June 2016

With a glut of strawberries, we have so many that even two hungry children can’t eat all of them. The best way to ensure nothing gets wasted is to make jam. I managed to make a good batch of strawberry jam and have a bag of gooseberries from a neighbour that I think might also go the same way. If things go well I should be able to make enough jam to last us until next summer especially as the raspberries will soon be ready.

posted on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:21:43 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 14 June 2016

IMG_2040I’m always excited to see the first strawberries starting to turn red. Not only does it signal the start of summer but also many weeks of readily available fruit for the children to snack on. Rarely does the fruit make it inside for jam making, now as most of it is consumed before it even leaves the vegetable patch.

posted on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:16:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback