Becoming a Parent

When do you become a parent?  Some go through heart-breaking agonies over countless years pursuing that very dream.  To others it's a surprise revelation, a shock, maybe something that they weren't planning on.  But most parents have a time period before the arrival to adjust, to plan, to adapt, to prepare.  For mammals, it's called... Continue Reading →

Release

Release has obviously always been the plan.  I may sound like a bad bird-parent but release would mean having my sitting room back, a clean sitting room where I would be able to sit and knit or work on the computer without dodging poop and being pecked at (and that would also mean that you... Continue Reading →

What Happened to Old-Fashioned Appreciation?

It seems inconceivable that manners, good plain Ps and Qs, could ever pass out of fashion.  To me, the simple pleases and thank yous of daily life are an inherent part of humanity, a vital cog in the machinery of society.  You could probably throw in apologies for good measure too.  What would happen to... Continue Reading →

Parenting Issues

I think we have teenagers in the house.  You can recognise the signs.  Teenagers come in various distinctive forms but teenagers they are.  There are the ones who pull their hair across their faces, who skulk in the corners and deep recesses of life and who are awkward in their shyness.  That’s Rocky.  Dependent but... Continue Reading →

And Then There Were Four

Yesterday I said how we were a little bit worried how Manky was always being left on his own but by late evening they had bonded nicely and were all huddling together.  Three little blue tits wedged together at one of a loo roll tube! They wake with the dawn and are immediately hungry.  From... Continue Reading →

Overrun

I don't know if you've ever slept in a tent before.  Tents seem to be a bit like Marmite for dividing people, you either take to camping like a duck to water (and mud) or think it's a slow, cold, dirty, torturous death.  I like camping.  But sleeping in a tent does a weird thing... Continue Reading →

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