We’ve lived here seven years but I’ve fallen out of love with my home.  This was mine and Monsieur Incidental’s first house together. Both our children were conceived in this house (sorry if that’s too much information but I won’t go into more detail – unless you really want me to), this house was the first house our babies came to after they left hospital. We’ve celebrated many birthdays and several Christmas , Rudolph ate his carrots and Father Christmas ate Mince Pies leaving talcum powder magic dust on the carpet.  My children have played in paddling pools in the garden summer, watched birds building nests inRead More →

Strength

I’m back from another long day in A&E because of this bastard disease, Crohn’s. I’ve previously written here about my diagnosis and first operations (have a gander, it’s thrilling – intensive care and everything).  Cutting a very long story short since August 2013 I’ve had 6 operations 5 of which were within 20 months of each other. I had my most recent operation two weeks ago for an anal fistula (google it, you won’t be disappointed).  Over this past weekend a (very painful) lump came up and I’m having fevers and not feeling at all well so my IBD nurse (firmly) suggested I attend A&E. IRead More →

I’m quite a politcal beast and one thing I’m really passionate about is voting (if you’re eligible) so here are my top tips for voting: Vote! Just effing vote.  If you only read the first tip that’s fine! Vote!  Did you hear me? Vote!  Got that? Good. Oh, and VOTE!!! Register to vote. In order to vote you need to register to vote, you can do that here.  I’ve even put the link in for you.  Aren’t I nice? You have until 23.59 22nd May 2017 to do it. Get it done – now, or after you’ve read this.  Whatever. Postal Voting. If, like me, you are aRead More →

I’ll be honest, when I agreed to work for with You Have to Laugh  as part of their Smile Squad (yes it turns out there are other hilarious bloggers out there – do check it out) I didn’t think it would involve such inane crap.  What have I let myself in for? Anyway, they tagged me in a 12 questions thingamyjig so I suppose I’ll just get on with it. The best part is that because I’m posting it on my own site they can’t change it to say anything like they’re really funny and good looking….yep they do that 1) Fill in the gap: BeforeRead More →

We’ve all met a “gentle parent”, in fact I am one, well mainly. We’re usually easy to spot. Our children wear cloth nappies and are breastfed, we’re vegetarian or vegan, we baby wear. We don’t shout at our kids (that lasted about two years with my oldest and about two weeks with my youngest, make if that what you will). The most important thing about being a gentle parent is, well, being gentle. Listening to your child allowing them to have a voice. I know it sounds arty farty but it works for some children. The problem with gentle parents is that, to be honest,Read More →

3 girls in a park

Recently I was tagged by both Carter Family 4 and Pass the Prosecco Please to write 20 things you didn’t know about me. So here goes: 1) I don’t have a middle name.  When deciding what to call me my father suggested naming me after an engineer, Mr Wankel. My surname is Knight. You get the idea (Wankel Knight…) 2) I nearly died following an operation to remove part of my bowel (due to Crohn’s) after I developed a leak and septicemia in 2013 when Big L was 2. I was in intensive care for a week and spent a month in hospital.  I had 5 operations in aroundRead More →

Can of Kopparberg

We recently bought a larger barbecue to replace the small two-man jobby that has seen us through the last seven years. It has fared us well, we bought it from Homebase for the princely sum of about £15. I think they still sell them now and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending one. We’ve just outgrown ours (plus we left it out over winter). Anyway I ordered a new one from Tesco Direct, we’d got £42 in Clubcard vouchers and I found a decent barbecue here that was half price at £75. The service from Tesco Direct and their delivery company Arrow was great.  We were kept informedRead More →

Pair of tan leather gladiator style sandals

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to Hotter Shoes blogger event in Bromley. I’d heard good things about Hotter, plus I love shoes but I have difficult feet to keep happy, especially following two pregnancies. I was doubly excited when the email mentioned food, drink and a free pair of shoes.  Three of my favourite things. I messaged Fran of Whinge Whinge Wine  to see if she was going as she’s local too, she was so we arranged to meet at Bromley South station.  It didn’t quite go to plan, you can read Fran’s tale of woe here. It involves a late bus,Read More →

I know most of my posts are either rants or my attempt at humour (if you haven’t read them please familiarise yourself with them here) but with the school holidays fast approaching I thought I’d share my favourite outdoorsy places local to me.  Obviously that will mean eff all to anyone not from around these parts.  Sorry about that! I love getting outdoors and I don’t like paying for it so they are all either free or cheap! Here goes: My first favourite place is Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on Bradbourne Vale Road.  I’ve had a love affair with this place since I was a little girl andRead More →