Fabulous Fifty..What Does It Really Look Like?

This is the year I turn 50, as will according to Google, such female acting luminaries as Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, plus Carla Bruni and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Of these fellow, “soon-to-be” quinquagenarians I would most like to align myself with Julia or Sam whose approach to ageing seems…

What A Difference A Year Makes

Today, 14th December, is the first anniversary of my husband’s mini-stroke.  On this day a year ago as I waved our daughter off to school wearing her Christmas Jumper, my husband was in our shower room having a “funny turn”. In true tragicomedy style, a man was downstairs…

The Value of Female Friendships

Female friendships are pivotal to a woman’s existence.  Women fulfil a role in our lives that men just can’t in my opinion and for that reason I suppose I would classify myself quite firmly as a woman’s woman. Although happily married I am not a woman who regards…

Removing the Safety Net From Our Children

Mother nature instinctively teaches us to protect our children no matter what the cost, so when it comes to letting our children grow up how easy is it to stand back and remove the safety net that we have carefully placed around them? As parents we are presented…

A Teenager’s Experience of Being In The Cenotaph Parade

My youngest teenager had the honour of participating in the Cenotaph Parade for Remembrance Sunday.  A once in a lifetime opportunity, here are her memories of the day, in her own words. What did it mean to you to take part in the Cenotaph Parade? It was so humbling to be there…

A California Road Trip with Teens – Part One

America and more specifically the West Coast, has been the desired holiday destination of my Teens for some time now, so with both a 50th and an 18th milestone birthday to celebrate we decided to make it a year to remember with a California Road Trip along the Pacific Coast Highway…

What The Teens Said – The Bigger Ones Tag

There are many bloggers tags doing the rounds at the moment and I was mildly amused when the lovely Morgan at Morgan’s Milieu tagged me a couple of weeks ago for the The Bigger Ones Tag instigated by Catie at An Imperfect Mum.   At the time we were…