31 Dec

Changeover

Share this!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

It’s been quite a hideous year, has 2015, in some way or other. There has been a moment or two of joy but, my God, the rest of it has been all over the shop and I can only be glad I can put the crap stuff behind me now. New Year has the capacity to allow you to do that. Funny really; you should be able to make any date in the year the day you decide to shove the past backwards into oblivion without a passing glance and embrace the prospect of exciting new things with open arms. But it rarely happens like that.

And, as I think about hitting the sack at nine thirty on New Year’s Eve, I realise that an early night just ain’t gonna happen. Fireworks in the back and beyond village I live in? With my dogs going bonkers barking at them means not a quiet night to be had here. Read More

08 Dec

Value Added Children

Share this!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Last night I realised something quite shocking: – we don’t tell our children how much we value them. I’m not talking about telling a child that they have done something well, or are gifted, well-educated or beautiful, etc. I’m talking about telling children that they make a difference to our lives. We praise them, sometimes too much and possibly unjustifiably and inappropriately, but we don’t let them know that they, too, can inspire us adults and make us feel happy, energised and valued.

Read More

08 Dec

My Two Special Boys

Share this!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Not a lot has happened on my website for quite some time now. And I have missed being here.

Life has this wretched habit of throwing in some humdingers from time to time that veer you off in a direction (or many directions) that you’d rather not travel in. It also throws experiences in your path whose attendant pain you’d sooner not be having to ameliorate. It’s been a year of picking up pieces and starting anew. No bad thing, sometimes.

Read More