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Children Cost Money

  “Children cost money.” This profound truth spilled eloquently from the lips of former Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith last month at his Party’s annual conference.  I once had the dubious pleasure of riding in a lift with this man, though I have to say his leery look was somewhat underwhelming. Recently I have […]

Embracing Life

  My husband recently observed that almost ­­everything we are striving for in our home is, in one way or another, either creating – or sustaining – life.  That’s our vision, our dream, our plan.  We sow cabbages; then we wipe caterpillar eggs off them. We hatch out ducklings; then we feed them and muck […]

The Science of Siblings: Health Benefits?

  The photo above shows our lavender plants in bud along the garden path. We refer collectively to our two youngest children as the Darling Buds of May. Nothing to do with the old BBC TV show of that name, but because the Buds (as they’re known for short) were both born in May (albeit […]

Dear Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister

  Here’s my letter to David Cameron asking him to value the home, and mothers in particular.   Dear Mr Cameron, Re.: Mothers at home do valuable work I am writing to implore you to consider the hundreds of thousands of mothers who do essential, worthwhile work in their homes, caring for the children who […]

The Politics of Mothering

It’s not just any women that bring voters into the world. It’s mothers. When I first read one of Vanessa Olorenshaw’s HuffPost articles I thought: she took the words right out of my mouth. Her campaign hinges on this bold observation: that mothers who choose not to work have become persona non grata in UK […]

The Science of Siblings

“Why do we have to do so many jobs?” asked our dearest daughter. “Because we don’t live like Bear Grylls in the Andes,” came my curt reply. “We have rooms to clean, plates to wash up, laundry to hang…” “And, because you aren’t the only child in this house.” I added. This has been a […]

Screentime. (Or Should I Say Screamtime?)

  This is most definitely a first-world problem: The whens, hows and whys of limiting our children’s access and exposure to TV, video games, computers and smartphones. I don’t feel that total abolition of the stuff is going to work for our household. I wish it would, but for better or worse, these things are […]

Jobs For The Kids

Fresh from our ACC (the Annual Chore Conference), we’re enjoying a slightly cleaner, if a slightly more confused home. I’ll be honest, we left introducing chores for our children until it was almost too late. I dearly hope you don’t make this mistake too. In fact, if you’re reading this and your 1 year-old is […]

Why kids can’t find things

  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a young child sent in search of an urgently needed object, must be in want of any idea how to find it. In our house, as in any house with several children, it is (dis)organised chaos much of the time.  I thought it was quite tidy, but […]

Help! I’m allergic to lists.

  I have never favoured lists, but since marriage to my darling husband 10 years ago, my aversion has only grown.  Writing lists is, to him, as breathing oxygen.  He writes enough lists for me and our entire extended family too.  If only I could outsource my list requirements to him. Due to my allergic […]

Pinnies from Heaven

There is a wonderful lady, Sherry Hayes, who – although I have never met her – has been a great inspiration to me over the past couple of years.  I aspire to be a kind, patient, creative, organised and (above all else) loving mother, and she is providing real life examples to motivate and inspire.  […]

Back to homeschool

It’s been a beautiful and busy summer for us.  Here we are at the Field of Dreams, the UK’s largest wildflower meadow, down in our corner of Somerset.  We’ve harvested and eaten hundreds of strawberries (Pimms, anyone?), watched the World Cup, broken a leg (literally), had the archery set out lots, celebrated ten years of […]


“Christ has set us free to live a free life.” – Galatians 5:1 The Message Some of us take our freedom for granted.   Some of us are thankful for it every day.  We all experience freedom in different ways too.   For some of us it’s being able to choose to educate our kids at home, […]

All Things (You are a Princess)

The lyrics of this new song are adapted from a sonnet written for me by my husband, and turned into a folk/country song by me. Its title refers to my all-time favourite verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me.” I hope you enjoy it!

The Truth About Jesus: Good, but Not Safe

From The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis): “Is he a man?” asked Lucy. “Aslan a man!” said Mr Beaver sternly. Certainly not. I tell you he is King of the wood and the son of the great emperor-beyond- the-sea. Don’t you know who is the King of the Beasts? Aslan is a lion […]


There's no place like home. Home is where the heart is. An Englishman's home is his castle. And so on. Cheesy cliches aside, we are nonetheless aiming for a renaissance of the home.

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