This week’s ‘The Prompt’ is ‘I read the news today…’ which reminded me of an assignment I had when I was doing a creative writing course to write a piece based on a news item I had come across that week without using dialogue. Here’s the piece I wrote:  … View Post

Christmas time

Christmas time

Once again It’s Christmas time Time for mince pies and mulled wine Gifts to buy Don’t overspend! Cards to make, and write, and send Carols to sing A school nativity Decorations up, fairy lights upon the tree Santa comes Riding on his sleigh And leaving gifts for Christmas Day Magic… View Post

The NICE-est place to give birth

The NICE-est place to give birth

There’s been a lot of comments and activity in my social media feeds over the last couple of days about the new NICE guidelines on intrapartum care (care during the birth of a baby) which have been reported as home birth being ‘best’ for many mothers. The NICE guidelines advising… View Post

Wicked Wednesday

Wicked Wednesday

Sophie wasn’t too impressed by her first visit to Santa last year and I’m not sure Jessica was that keen either!

31 days of Christmas books

31 days of Christmas books

For December, I’ve swapped out the books on the girls’ bookcase and replaced them with Christmassy books instead. Next year I might be organised enough to wrap some for a book Advent calendar but this year we’ll just pick one each day to read together. We have a mixture of… View Post

The truth about… the pre-Christmas rush

The truth about… the pre-Christmas rush

Once again it seems that December has snuck up on me with the realisation that Christmas is around the corner and I’m hopelessly disorganised yet again. The fabric for the home made advent calendar is still in a bag in the deepest darkest recesses of the ‘study’ (as we optimistically… View Post

The day I flashed Santa

The day I flashed Santa

The photo above was taken on Christmas morning on the cardiac ward. It was Jessica’s first Christmas and she had been transferred to the ward from the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) the day before after having spent 10 days on PICU recovering from open heart surgery. The ward was… View Post