And the award goes to…

...Vodafone for the Worst Customer Service Ever. #VodafoneStinks  Since yesterday evening I have spent almost six hours online with Vodafone customer services. One chat was over four hours!! I'm not exaggerating... I have the chat transcripts.  I got the feeling they were trying to out-wait me so that I'd  give up. (I very much wanted [...]

How do you know?

It's not always easy to make the right decision.  What is the right decision? How do you figure it out? I've got my Golden Rules.  Rules can be annoying (like when you need to get a building manager's permission to have a pet in your own flat!!) but they do offer a certain fairness; in [...]

The Birds and the Bees

Some conversations are tricky (my birds and bees experience springs to mind!) and I have to work hard to find the right phrases but by treating each conversation seriously and respectfully The Kids understand that what they think matters; their questions and opinions have merit, even if they challenge my comfort levels. I must admit that [...]

Ever felt like screaming and crying at the same time?

Have you ever felt that you had so many thoughts whirling around in your head that you couldn't think straight? The last couple of days I have been wishing for Dumbledore's Pensieve.  It would be so handy to single out the thoughts and give each one individual attention.   (If you know where I can get [...]

We are all farmers of a sort

We're visiting friends at the moment, surrounded by beautiful farmland, and that got me thinking.  Whether you're a crop farmer or dairy a lot of what you get back is reliant on what you put in.  (I know there are lots of other things that influence farming but that's not where I'm going with this.) [...]


What do you do when you’ve no patience left? I try, I really do, to be patient and understanding and considerate and respectful of The Kids.  But sometimes, not a lot, just sometimes, I have had enough!! Tonight was one of those nights. Granted we were all going to bed too late so we were [...]

Green does not look good on me

The Kids love going to the funfair.  All the lights and games and cheap prizes thrill them.  Me not so much.  I look around and see so much money being wasted. Then I remind myself to not be such a killjoy. Funfairs are a great part of childhood where you get to experience stomach churning [...]