The thing I do for nobody else but me, until it’s done

My flowerbed fantasy - botanical gardens, Nantes
My flowerbed fantasy – botanical gardens, Nantes

This is a post I’m writing for myself, but you’re welcome to read it. It’s possibly about gardening – which I’m not great at – but it could equally be about a book.

All I had was a germ of an idea. I didn’t have a ‘story to tell’ that they say is inside everybody, but rather just a notion. I took my little germ and planted it in the soil of some whimsical ambition and it has taken root. It appears to me that the shoots that are starting to come up have this way of growing all by themselves as I try and trim or feed the story with a combo of feel-good sunshine, watery tears of frustration and manure (detritus). It’s exciting how that happens, how you are surprised by the very words that come from your own fingers because they are unexpected and better than you imagined!

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On Moving my blog from WordPress.com to SiteGround

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A short story on my journey onto a self-hosted site

Web Hosting with SiteGroundFor almost 18 months I treated blogging as a hobby, a guilty pleasure! (Weird how I felt guilty about taking time out from house cleaning etc to write but it just felt so indulgent). About a week before the end of the kids’ summer holidays, when they were all set to go back to school and I was fed up with the thought of having no job to go to, I decided that it was time to become intentional, to make my blog my career. I just wasn’t sure how to go about making that a reality.

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The worst Christmas Gift Guide – do NOT buy these for kids!

My Christmas Gift Guide of things you maybe should NOT be giving to kids this year.

the worst Christmas Gift guide by LibertyonthelightersideATTENTION ALL Aunties, Uncles, Grannies, Grandpas and New to Newish Parents! Here follows a guide to all those Christmas gifts our kids have been kindly given but we more seasoned parents wish they never had been. In compiling this list I consulted a panel of experts (parents who have been there, done that and are smiling through gritted teeth).

In our household even Father Christmas has made some silly mistakes.

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20 Affordable Quality Christmas Gifts for Teen Girls

20 Affordable Quality Christmas Gifts Teen Girls
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I thought it would be difficult buying gifts for my teen boy that are not only great quality but are also affordable.  But hang on a sec, my daughter has such definite ideas, she’s no easier! So she wrote a list for me (not a handwritten Father Christmas type note but an online wish list – oh how the times have changed). I also asked for suggestions from other parents and bloggers; and here is our ultimate list.

You can find my gift guide for teen boys (and even Dads) here, there are lots of  ideas on that list that girls would love too.

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Happy birthday Daddy, I miss you and love you.

Apparently today, 15th November, is ‘I love to write day’? No idea who, where, what or why that is, but the date is significant to me as it’s my Dad’s birthday – he would have turned 71. So in honour of the day, I’m going to write briefly about him.

Above is my recent sketch from a favourite photo of him taken on my wedding day in 1994, he is embracing me as I leave to go away on honeymoon (I didn’t include myself in the sketch as it’s the back of my head and big wedding hairdos are hard to draw). I love this photograph but it’s a bitter reminder of how much I have missed his hugs for the past seventeen years.

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