Our first protest march

With our local library under threat of closure, I've been helping out with the fight to keep it open lately. As a result, the whole family experienced a first at the weekend. Our first protest march! I'm slightly ashamed that, despite coming from a family with a proud history of protesting - indeed, my Mum and ...

Earlier every year

Is it just me or does the excitement about that festival in December get earlier every year? Mince pies have been available in my local supermarket since September. Festive adverts not only have big reveals but now start broadcasting in early November. And now the ultimate insult. My own family have fallen prey to it. Everywhere ...

Five lies my toddler tells

Amelie turns two later this month and has become quite the little talker. I love this stage of a kid's linguistic development. Partly because it's wonderful to hear them articulate their thoughts and partly because half of it is utter nonsense. As well as the scribble talk she comes out with when she doesn't know the ...

Five sayings that make no sense

I slept well one day last week. Amazing, I know. While Kate and I were doing the obligatory comparing of notes regarding quality of sleep, I used a common phrase. I immediately realised that it didn't actually express what I meant. Quite the opposite, in fact. So, starting with said example, here are five sayings ...