Borrowing and lending baby stuff- top tips

As discussed here, I’m a big fan of borrowing and lending baby stuff. It makes complete sense, especially if you are short on storage space. Over time, we have done very well out of it. However, since attempting to retrieve all our baby stuff (in preparation for baby number 2 who has now arrived!), and having had some difficulty I have compiled these borrowing and … Continue reading Borrowing and lending baby stuff- top tips

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My happy place

The Office for National Statistics actually measures our happiness, which is nice of them. And guess what, London’s least happy borough – Islington – scores just as poorly as St Albans.  Both of them are cheerier than the Home Counties’ historic commuter towns, Canterbury and Runnymede. Inner London, as a whole, is 18th from bottom in the list of regions. At the other end of the … Continue reading My happy place

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Whatever makes you happy

To follow on from last week’s post, I’ve done some more research on happiness.  Thom Yorke, the world’s foremost expert on happiness, once cried: “Whatever makes you happy, whatever you want, you’re so fucking special”.  Isn’t that how we all feel about our children?  Isn’t that what we all want to do?  Whatever they want, to make them happy.  Even if that means moving to … Continue reading Whatever makes you happy

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The first time I was pregnant we did things a bit differently. I went to antenatal pilates. I tried to eat as healthily as possible. We endlessly read about the pregnancy and what to expect when the baby was born. We spent hours feeling the bump, speculating about whether it would be a boy or a girl and had long discussions (arguments) about what name to … Continue reading Hypnosnoring

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15 in a bed and the little one said…

We went to a wedding on Friday. It was nice. Mostly because we were able to palm the boy off onto the “dizzy ducks“. Our only disappointment was that they weren’t actual ducks, or even people dressed as ducks, but just normal humans in normal human clothing. They weren’t even dizzy. Just nice non-dizzy normal humans with lots of toys and a TV.  They looked … Continue reading 15 in a bed and the little one said…

There’s room enough for us all

There ain’t room enough for us all, we said, We’re just a small island, there’s not enough beds. But every person’s a person like we, It took a dead child at sea, to see. There is room enough for us all, we said, We may feel crowded, but we’ve plenty of beds. For every person deserves a home, A place of safety to call their … Continue reading There’s room enough for us all

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Presents for new parents- small space gifts

The new baby’s birth is looming… there are just 6 weeks to go ’til our freedom is once again snatched away from us… (who am i kidding- we have no freedom to be snatched). That makes it sound a bit like something I’m dreading, doesn’t it? Well, I guess I am. I of course feel blessed that we are having another child, and I am kind … Continue reading Presents for new parents- small space gifts


Room Enough for Daisy

Room Enough for Daisy is a children’s book by Debby Waldman  and Rita Feutl. It’s based on an Eastern European Jewish folktale, which describes a man who lives in a small house that he finds too cramped and noisy. The man seeks advice from the local rabbi, who suggests to him that he gradually moves more and more of the animals from his farm into his … Continue reading Room Enough for Daisy


Micro machines for living

Down our way, in the Lovely Borough of Lewisham, plans are afoot for tiny homes.  If you check out the developer’s website, you’ll see that these homes are clearly targeted at people who see themselves as ‘city makers’, ‘the young, hardworking and ambitious’ who ‘contribute’ and thus, ‘deserve a home they can call their own’. As someone who advocates living in a small home, I … Continue reading Micro machines for living