Monday, 3 April 2017


Well hello there. I don’t really know how to begin a post after so long! It's quite difficult to summarise 6 months.......

Here are some snapshots of what we have been up to - lots of sunny days filled with laughing but I wanted to address a couple of comments I have received of late accusing me of airbrushing my life. It is true all my pictures are edited in that I choose the best shots and try to paint a positive picture because essentially I am an optimist and choose to look at the good rather than the bad. That said my life is just like everyone else - filled with the daily struggle to find the elixir of 'balance', constantly worrying that my kids are not getting enough attention as I juggle too many balls and are we allowed to mention the 'unmentionable' black cloud of money (or lack there of?) Life with 3 kids, a job and a household to run with no extra help leaves me so damn time poor. I know I shouldn’t complain because let's face it I am beyond lucky - a great husband, lovely home and 3 beautiful, creative, independent children. Yet truth be told our daily life aint easy. I am just trying my best to mix the cocktail right and praying to god I am not screwing up our kids in the process! What was it Philip Larkin said? They fuck you up your mum and dad.......

So yes, I guess the snapshots do paint a very rosy picture but isn't life way more fun that way? 
Space. SO much of it.


culmstock beacon

honey sandwiches for our Bear Hunt

bear hunting

kids theatre



2 year old - how on earth did that happen?!


Hide and Seek

bowling stance

bros just chewing the fat

Christmas Day - looking like Shirley Temple!

greatest dad alive. fact.

daddy's girl

feeding the deer



STOP taking picture of me. Growl.


free range

wind swept

Longleat Festival of Light. 


amazing light

Spring. At LAST


rock climber

spider web


me and 3 of my favourite things - my cashmere hat Ems gave me for my 30th, my old school duffle coat and a Sunday pint of Thatchers. Happy.

these 2. Melt.

I know it sounds like I work for Longleat (I don't) but really if you haven't taken your kids there, do. It is magical. monkey roam over you car, lions saunter past you and tigers roar 10 metres away...... a kids HEAVEN.




look at the colours. West Country at it's best.

soldier, soldier

Somerset, you have my heart.



love a rope swing



when you come across wild horses on your walk

Sunday, 30 October 2016


So summer turns into Autumn and our gang potters along. Lenny has started school which has had it's ups and downs but seems to be settling (although I feel we are now on a hamster wheel that never stops turning and you can never get off. Sigh.) Maurice skips along to his own beat and gets funnier and funnier by the minute and Hope's red hair is rather telling of her personality - beautiful and charming but full of fire! As for Ru and I no news of note - furiously keeping balls in the air and trying to keep a smile on our faces! Not always succeeding....!



dad's bday

pose much?!

birthday boy and my very home made cake.... by Tesco.....

what Saturday night looks like here. Yep, that's Strictly....

cake chops

So Lenny what birthday cake would you like this year? Um...... the world, with all the animals in their correct continent?! CRIKEY!

weirdly proud that we have at Banksy in our small backwater of Somerset (gawd knows if it's real!)


that face

Mo has had a bit too much....!

always up trees

crumble making

when a dinosaur went to the rugby



party gal

beautiful boy


love her

stop growing!

every week the same...... hiding in the swimming lockers until I find him.....

burn baby burn


great britain

not to self - NEVER say you will make pancakes for breakfast on a school day..... #solatewehadtosneakintoregistration

trying to use up the enormous amount of food we have clogging up our larder. Round 1 tinned peaches.


Photo credit Lenny - they are loving the camera at the mo! Slightly terrified.....

again, pose much?!

apple pressing. teach them cider young?!


chubby chops

get your kids planting. They LOVE it. That said, pick your radishes about 3 months before they get this big! 

ravey davey



big boy

the boy is a scooting bad a**. 


pic credit Maurice. 

tea. burgers. again.

the gun show

up he goes


organic veg

Yep. Waitrose love us.

having a chat about life

a woman work is never done!

she's a BEAUT

whittling your own sausage spear. Thank you Josh.

What's apppp?

10pm up for bath to find this.