What Christmas means to me

The most precious part of Christmas, for me, is love. The love I feel for my family and friends is one of life’s joys all year round, but I get particularly mushy around this time of year. It’s a side effect of the holidays, which allow time for reflection before… View Post

Not just for Christmas

I can’t quite believe it, but this will be our sixth Christmas with our dog, Jake. On the 1st of December 2012, I stepped off the train from Edinburgh to be met by my husband, who was carrying a tiny, furry ball of black and white in his arms. We… View Post

Giving birth for the second time

A POSITIVE TEST When I found out I was pregnant for the second time it was hard to believe – our first pregnancy was through IVF, so discovering that we had conceived naturally was a shock to say the least. We were on holiday in Cyprus at the start of the… View Post

Autumn: a breath of fresh air

Autumn has never been my favourite time of year, for no other reason than I prefer summer for its warm weather, perpetual fragrance of just-cut grass, and the sound of the birds singing under blue skies early each morning. Equally, I love the childish excitement of waking up to snow… View Post

A stack of pancakes

Is there anything better than a stack of pancakes? Especially on a rainy Monday morning? I’d been craving pancakes since Saturday, when I went out for a late breakfast with friends. As is often the case at trendy brunch spots, pancakes and maple syrup were on the menu – but… View Post