London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

It's always worth searching listing sites and local Facebook groups for free days out on Bank Holidays. They are a brilliant source of free days out - London seems to have a free festival or concert every weekend - and we attended Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, a really brilliant one, on Bank Holiday Monday.… Continue reading London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

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Things To Do Around Ealing for Easter 2018

Family Activities And Things To Do In West London Ealing Easter 2018

Hurrah! It's going to be a white Easter! Erm yeah, seems it could be, heavy sarcasm on the 'hurrah' bit. I thought the Beast From The East was finally gone, but it seems I was wrong. I've washed The Childe's Frozen gloves (Anna on the left hand, Elsa on the right) so many times now… Continue reading Things To Do Around Ealing for Easter 2018

Ready For Rainy Days: Easy, Fuss Free Activities.

There's a certain type of Pinterest mum who manages to have both a clutter-free, largely white/grey house and the entire back stock of Hobbycraft hidden somewhere for rainy day activities. That's not me! And frankly I wouldn't want it that way either. But being springtime in the UK, sometimes we have a sudden downpour (or… Continue reading Ready For Rainy Days: Easy, Fuss Free Activities.

Social Media, Selfishness Shaming and Motherhood.

I stumbled upon a blog I am not going to share the other day. I'm not going to share it because it disturbed me deeply. Luckily - from a position of privilege, knowing a bit of basic psychology, and a lot of mindfulness - it disturbed me on a sort of theoretical "Oh my days,… Continue reading Social Media, Selfishness Shaming and Motherhood.

Family Dining: Limeyard Ealing

As a working mum, Saturdays are precious time. Weekend activities feel so vital for bonding and cramming all those 'precious moments' Facebook memes tell us we should be ... and yet ... and yet ... apparently parenting also involves these other things like laundry, buying new clothes, returning library books and so forth. No soft… Continue reading Family Dining: Limeyard Ealing

That time I didn’t need to be embarrassed by my child … but was.

Childe was role playing me at nursery. Role playing me by putting on 'make up' (paint) and a 'beautiful dress' (some sad rags which were once a Snow White costume) and then telling everyone she was "Goin' to drink a glass of WINE in the res'runt wiv my FRENZ!"

West London Parks: Ruislip Lido

During the week, or life is routined beyond anything - work, dinner, bedtime story, bedtime, chores and/or more work, shower, bed, repeat. There is no breathing room. As a result our weekends are a complete free for all - one might be movies and PJs, another a big trip out ... but in the main,… Continue reading West London Parks: Ruislip Lido

Surviving Night Terrors

At 7.15pm Childe was fast asleep. The routine was like clockwork - from who held her hand up the stairs, to toothbrushing to the favourite yellow blanket, to the ungainly position mummeh must sit on the bed to tell the particularly paraphrased bed time story with the particularly particular character voices. Childe was fast asleep.