Tag Archives: motherhood

Talking Books on why we should all want ‘Little Creative Days’ for our children

What are seasons but children’s soft dreams, and Sunrise, their opening eyes? Seeing at a glance The days and years open…waiting, Fringed with softness, or Laced with abandon… (From Children’s Eyes and Children’s Toys by Elysabeth Faslund) This is SO late … Continue reading

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University as a ‘rite of passage’: On becoming an empty-nester

On Saturday my lovely daughter Evie is starting her first term at the University of Winchester. She only made her mind up to go to Uni at all at the beginning of August, having had a year out to focus … Continue reading

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‘Parenting is such sweet sorrow…’

I am feeling drained at the moment. Sleeping badly; feeling physically creaky; eating all the wrong food again after five weeks on a healthy eating blitz: it is no wonder that my emotional reserves are in the human equivalent of … Continue reading

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The mystery of the missing grandmother – or ‘O Bessie. Where Art Thou?’

I wrote this post last year and although I have recently discovered a little more about the strange dynamic of the Hardiman family I still cannot trace my Grandma. There are hints that as ‘Bessie’ she might be the daughter of her … Continue reading

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The Grand National: or When is it time to end a family tradition?

This is an unplanned post, one of those I am prone to put out in response to an event that causes me to think deeply about an issue of importance to me. As I write, the BBC are once again … Continue reading

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How does depression look to you? – Emma’s story

Editors note: This is the seventh in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health.  For April we hear from Emma, a full-time mum, part-time volunteer, part-time career advisor and a Licensed Lay Minister. She talks … Continue reading

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A little tooth shows us a big, big truth….

This is something of a random, impulsive post; but I just had to share with you a wonderful poem that was introduced at the reading group I attend. We are lucky to have the poet Julia Copus running our group … Continue reading

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The reason ‘why?’: a first hand experience of depression – Rin’s story

Editors note: This is the fifth in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health. Rin Simpson is a Bristol-based writer of fact and fiction. As a journalist she specializes in crafts, home interiors and lifestyle … Continue reading

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Depression isn’t the end of the world, it just feels like it… Stef’s story

Editors note: This is the third in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health. For December Stef has felt able to share her experience as a woman, wife and mother living with depression. It is … Continue reading

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On sense, sensibility & living with an anxious family -Jo’s story

Editors note: This is the second in a monthly series of guest posts on the subject of mental health. For November we are lucky to have award-winning blogger Jo Middleton of slummysinglemummy writing for us of her experiences. She looks … Continue reading

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