Yearly Archive: 2013

Is that a spanner in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Posted on November 16, 2013

The dark patch on the ceiling spread fast. Suddenly a downlighter popped out of its mounting, forced loose by the deluge of water that landed on my head. What had started off as a minor leak in the bathroom directly above the kitchen had now.. >>> more

Too busy for a lie-in

Posted on October 29, 2013

Last weekend the clocks went back. Yippee - a lie-in! Surely we all took the opportunity to grab that extra hour in bed? Well, no actually. A recent study revealed that almost half the nation never enjoys a lie-in. Busy lifestyles was the reason.. >>> more

When mum cracks

Posted on September 30, 2013

What do you do when you see a mum break down in front of her small children? Do you look away and give her time to regain her composure? Or ask her if she’s alright?  I was sitting in the car, in the Waitrose car park, waiting for my husband (he’d.. >>> more

Are we there yet?

Posted on August 16, 2013

When my husband emerged from the Ísafjörður tourist office waving a detailed hiking map of the Westfjords, my heart sank. When it comes to choosing a walk, we have very different views. I believe in knowing your limits and sticking to them; my.. >>> more

Royal baby blues

Posted on July 26, 2013

I thought I’d be elated following the birth of Kate and William’s first child. Instead, I’m flat as a three day old glass of champagne.  Don’t get me wrong. I like Kate and William; they’re a refreshingly down to earth Royal couple. I’m happy that.. >>> more

Run for cover

Posted on June 29, 2013

... KELLY COMFORT EATS AS DANNY FAILS TO COMMIT ... TORMENTED NIGELLA  ... ANTHEA’S TEARS ‘I’m totally humiliated’ ... LOOSE WOMEN ABUSE HORROR Denise ‘I was made to feel worthless’ Recognise any of these? They are just a selection of the captions.. >>> more

Is this your signature or an ECG?

Posted on May 22, 2013

My signature is like an electrocardiogram.  I blame my husband for this. He’s the one who lumbered me with a surname that’s impossible to write with one fluid stroke of the pen. It’s that small ‘c’ in McKibbin that causes the bother. As soon as I.. >>> more

Looking for a pet sitter? Don't ask me!

Posted on April 12, 2013

We weren’t very lucky with our family pets. I still remember the day the dog ‘played’ with my sister’s rabbit. Sadly, Snowy didn’t survive the rough and tumble of the game. We told my little sister that Snowy had run away. For years afterwards we.. >>> more

Where are all the Easter eggs?

Posted on March 30, 2013

I've never been into Easter eggs. As a child, I always asked for money in place of chocolate. I was a mercenary little brat. On the plus side, I wasn't a fat one.  Today, when I finally decided to buy one myself, I discovered that every last egg had.. >>> more

Invasion of the eyebrows

Posted on February 28, 2013

Is the John Lewis store in Cambridge aware that its beauty department has been invaded? An alien life form has emerged from beneath the hairlines of the store’s beauty consultants, crept down their foreheads and settled just above their eyes. Their.. >>> more

Emotional bric-a-brac won't fit in a tin

Posted on January 17, 2013

When shopping for Christmas gifts, I came across something called a ‘Man Tin’. It does what it says on the, erm … tin - holds all the random bits and pieces a man loves to horde. I resisted the urge to buy one for the man in my life. For starters,.. >>> more

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