• Eating an ice cream in Plymouth
    Family, Holidays

    Our summer road trip to Devon

    We spent a week in Devon at the start of the summer holidays, staying with one of my best friends from school who now lives in Plymouth. It’s a long drive from our home in Yorkshire but worth it to spend time with friends, hang…

  • September Me and Mine
    Family, Life

    Figuring out what comes next

    I feel like I’ve been in a kind of summer blog hibernation, where although I have managed to write a few posts and keep things ticking over it’s been ages since I’ve managed to grab enough time to sit down and write about how things…

  • Flo close up in Kidunk

    A walk in the woods | Muddy days testing out Kidunk

    These first few weeks of September have been a pretty chilled out time, with Sam back at school and Flo easing her way into reception class with a run of half days. These short days mean my daughter and I have plenty of time to…

  • Jules on Snowdon 2
    Outings, Travel

    Snowdon | A Night Walk for Wirral Hospice

    In the early hours of Saturday, I joined a group walking up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to raise money for a fantastic cause. The group was from Wirral St John’s Hospice, the place where my late husband Roger was cared for and eventually…

  • Me and Mine at Just So
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for August 2017

    The fact that I’m writing this August update a few days into September may tell you all you need to know about how the last month of the summer holidays went. With just a few days left until Sam and Flo go back to school…

  • Just So in the forest
    Family, Outings

    Our weekend at the Just So Festival 2017

    A spellbound forest, a midnight feast, lantern making, a fairy queen, twinkly lights and lots and lots of glitter – Just So was our first weekend family festival and it was absolutely magical. I could tell you about my favourite bits – hanging out with…

  • Belgrave sign
    Family, Food, Outings

    Belgrave Feast | Leeds

    I have a bit of a tick list of places I’d like to go out in Leeds and Belgrave Music Hall was one of them, until that is I took my children with me to their monthly food, arts and crafts extravaganza last weekend. Belgrave…

  • All of us outside the cabin at Crealy
    Family, Holidays, Outings

    Glamping at Crealy Adventure Park in Devon

    We’ve just spent a week in Devon, staying with friends before travelling up to Crealy Adventure Park and Resort in Exeter. As a child many of my family holidays were spent camping and I was weaned on nights under canvas in good weather and bad,…

  • Green People Rose products

    A rose crush with Green People

    I’ve got a bit of thing for anything rose-scented at the moment, I think ever since I was given some rose hand cream from Jurlique I became a bit obsessed. My favourite perfume has a strong hint of rose (Le Parfum by Ellie Saab, if…

  • Flo blowing out her candles

    Flo turns four with a unicorn party

    Some of my happiest memories are of the birthday parties I had as a child; you know, in the 80s, when everyone just invited their school friends, neighbours and cousins over to their house and you played party games and ate jelly and ice cream.…

  • Flowers in milk bottles Rainbeaubelle.com
    Family life, Loss

    Two years on

    Two years on from my husband’s death and when people ask me if I’m ok, well sometimes I am and other times I am anything but. The thing about loss and grief is that time might make those sad moments more spaced out, but when…

  • Me and Mine June 2017 on a bench
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for June 2017

    I’ve been joining in with the Me and Mine photography project for more than two years now and although it’s great that we have family snapshots of every month in that period, they are also some months where the photos are pretty hard to take!…

  • Lido through the trees
    Outings, Travel

    A summer solstice swim in Ilkley Lido

    Growing up I was lucky enough to live in a town which had its own outdoor pool, something I always thought of as normal and not at all fancy. Now I’ve moved back there more than 20 years later, everyone calls it the lido rather…