Thursday, 21 September 2017

Oh no, grumpy grandparents are coming!

Oh no, grumpy grandparents are coming!

IT is a truth universally acknowledged that when one turns 70, one also turns into a sweet, kindly, lovely grandparent a la Miss Marple who’s not only as smart as a whip, but always quick with a comforting Werther’s Original or three when out for a...
Everything is mummy's fault, mummy's fault, mummy's fault

Everything is mummy's fault, mummy's fault, mummy's fault

AS predicted, the Grumpy Grandparents hit it off with the Ten-Year-Old Teenager and the Sunshiney Seven-Year-Old in fine style last weekend, partly because they shared many moments of mirth, pointing their fingers of judgement and laughing at my many...
She lives in a house, a very small house, in the country

She lives in a house, a very small house, in the country

I OFTEN find myself wondering whether the redoubtable yummy mummies at the school gates yank their kids away from mine and give me a wide berth because a) my once-stylish White Company blue and white-striped tops are so full of holes, they’re now the...
Sometimes being a single mum is like pulling teeth... literally

Sometimes being a single mum is like pulling teeth... literally

REMEMBER I told you about how the Sunshiney Seven Year Old informed me one balmy evening when I was brushing his pearly whites, that my gappy front teeth, stained from too many years of enthusiastic smoking, red wine and tea-drinking made me look like...

Actually, it's pretty marvellous being a New Single Mum

For most married women with kids, the thought of becoming a single mum is about as appealing as John McCririck — and almost as ...

I hate this horrible heat!

THERE, I’ve said it. It has taken a long time (nearly 30 years or so), but I’ve finally come out of the beach changing cupboard and ...

How can one woman be so consistently wrong?

IT’S not easy being a Single Mum — in the countryside or anywhere else. Then again, it’s not easy being a mum full stop. At least, ...

The TYOT turns it up to 11

STOP eating all my Nutella with that giant spoon!” screams the Ten-Year-Old Teenager by way of a breezy Sunday morning greeting. “And ...

There's no time off when you have a dog

It’s great being a single mum whose ex-husband is a thoroughly brilliant dad because, every two weeks, when he has the kids over to ...

The holiday hell, too, shall pass

And so the long, hot summer holidays begin. We’ve been bombarded by adverts featuring unbearably happy families leaping about ...

No, really, where you live governs what you eat!

TODAY marks my first month at Weight Watchers — and the second week in a row that I’ve given the meeting a big, fat swerve. I know, I ...

But how do you know what you want until you are actually face to face with it?

I HAVE always been a fan of black. It’s slimming, sophisticated and elegant. Even when I’m not. Like Henry Ford, who produced his cars ...

Scented candles, reed diffusers or nuclear-strength Air Wick, madam?

So there I am, sitting at the kitchen table, trying to work out exactly how many weeks there are until my birthday (11) and how many ...

I hate beach as a rule but this was best holiday ever

FIVE-AND-A-HALF HOURS, my foot. With the queues around Stonehenge stretching further than the human eye could see, it took us a ...

...and the abyss dares her to bungee-jump into her fifties

SO the builders have finished the shed out the back that is to be my study, my bolt-hole, my she-cave, my sanctuary, my room. Which is ...

Woo, and indeed hoo, but what will she moan about now?

AS I race back home after dropping my son off at school, I nearly get whiplash in my haste to shut the front door behind me and ...

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