cherry blossom, miscarriage, memorial tree
Children, Health, Miscarriage

BLAW: What does coping look like?

I'll be honest, not much has changed for me in terms of my reaction to Baby Loss Awareness week since last year. I'm not going to be active on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram talking about miscarriage and baby loss. All I want to say on social media is that I don't want to.... https://www.facebook.com/andsmellysocks/posts/406351987805420… Continue reading BLAW: What does coping look like?

Family, Health, Writing

What happens when you blog less?

So, earlier in the year I decided to take a little break from the blog while we went on holiday. It was lovely just enjoying some family time and not doing any promotion - either through Twitter threads or Facebook groups. When we came back I decided not to return to the way I'd been… Continue reading What happens when you blog less?

Fitness, Health, Self-care

RED 40: running for forty days

There's no hiding from it.... I'm 40 now. For what it's worth, I don't much care and I don't feel any different - what's all the fuss about? Why is thirty-nine one thing, and forty another? Given that a big party seemed unreasonable, foolish to plan in case of some disaster unthinkable in the before… Continue reading RED 40: running for forty days

Health, Politics & Equality, Writing

I Believe….

A little while ago the lovely Bill from A Silly Place asked some folks about what we believe. It was a really interesting exercise in examining what I fundamentally hold to be true. Each person who wrote something for Bill had something different to say, each one individual and reflecting a unique perspective. We've all… Continue reading I Believe….

People wearing masks, being sensible and staying safe
Children, Family, Friends, Health, Politics & Equality

Keep Adapting

I started writing this post in response to a comment on my post about throwing a lockdown birthday party. I wrote a couple of paragraphs and then decided that it was a bit overkill for reply to a simple "the kids have missed out on so much" sympathetic comment. Here's the thing, COVID is shit.… Continue reading Keep Adapting

Fitness, Health

RED January in Pictures

If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably won't have managed to avoid noticing that I've been taking part in RED January. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKj47belHUK/ Its been a very interesting month to venture out every day, we've had some wet weather, some snowy weather, some very cold weather, some dreadful weather, and some really hard runs… Continue reading RED January in Pictures

a snapperwack made from bark, sticks and ferns
Children, Health, Learning, Work

Home Learning Round Two

Ding ding ding, seconds out! We're on our own again, well sort of. As everyone suspected would be the case, English schools closed for the spring term. No, not at the end of the winter term, during the holidays, or just before reopening. No, they closed after one day of the children being back -… Continue reading Home Learning Round Two