The M Word

We were watching The Walking Dead last night and in the episode Maggie, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, looks panic stricken and then cries out loud clutching her stomach as she falls to the floor. To those unfamiliar with the subject matter this might seem like dramatic overkill but it actually nearly…

The imagined Easter

Picture the scene.   A beautiful spring morning, mum wakes up early and adds the finishing touches to the homemade hot cross bun dough, shapes the buns and pops them into the aga. The woodburner is lit and mum takes a sunlit wander through the garden to fetch some daffodils which are then artfully placed…

Voicemail anxiety

Please don’t leave me a voicemail. If you insist on leaving me a voicemail please give me a clue as to what you want. Don’t just say ‘please call me back’, or even worse ‘please call me urgently’. Nothing strikes terror in me more than a blinking voicemail light. First I panic, racking my brains…

I got me a new top

Style wise, I could be described as low maintenance but actually that probably indicates a generally easy going approach to appearance and sartorial matters. Whereas I don’t even have an approach. I’m not particularly proud of this but it doesn’t really bother me, my mum however despairs of me. I always had a fairly pared…

Very British Problems

The Twitter account @SoVeryBritish recently posted some of the most awkward British problems that apparently all Brits experience. It’s like they have been following me. I’m a bit upset now that I’m so bloody normal and everyone else is a freak like me. These are some of my favourites… Staring at your phone in silent…

Beef stew recipe

So on the momentous occasion of only ONE dinner eaten by all of us on 17th March, I thought I should write down the recipe. The only caveat is that I have an extreme and quite possibly deadly version of sinusitis (bare with me this is going somewhere). As a result I’ve lost my hearing (well…