• London 2012 Olympics: win VIP tickets to BT London Live

    August 9, 2012

    (Top, from left: beautiful wild flowers on the route to the park, the flame, the stadium. Bottom, from left: rain! Olympic baby, Jessica Ennis at the start of the hurdles). I’ve mentioned before about how excited I was about the Olympics, and I’ve not been disappointed. Like most people I’ve been watching nothing but sport for…

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  • In the family

    August 5, 2012

    Top row: Eliza with Grannie Gill and Grandad Keith. Bottom row: also with my brother Steve, and Grandma and Grandad (my mum and dad). Like a lot of people we know who live in London, Alex and I don’t live very close to most of our immediate family. I grew up in Shropshire, and after…

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  • Art for babies: Andy Warhol and Phillip Haas at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

    August 5, 2012

    Last week we went to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is just down the road from us in Dulwich Village. As well as the permanent collection of old masters, there’s currently an Andy Warhol exhibition as well as Phillip Hass sculptures in the Dulwich Picture Gallery garden (the Four Seasons, the giant fruit heads in…

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  • On having one of those weeks

    August 2, 2012

    It’s fair to say that both myself and the mini-me and are having one of those weeks. One of us is right under the thundercloud on the latest Wonder Week leap, and as a result the other one of us is suffering from an exhaustingly dull lack of sleep. It’s pretty predictable to talk about…

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  • The Olympic torch relay: Crystal Palace

    July 26, 2012

    I realised I must be a proper mum when I got excited about taking five-month old Eliza along to see the Olympic Torch this week. It’s hardly like she’ll remember it, is it? But it seemed like a nice thing to do; plus it’s something to tell her about in years to come (hi, future…

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  • What makes a perfect family holiday?

    July 24, 2012

    Our last proper holiday was to Miami at the start of 2011. Alex and I stayed in an amazing boutique hotel on South Beach, with a rooftop pool and view of the seafront. We drank loads of cocktails, went out to eat, slept in, and did plenty of nothing. In short, it was the perfect…

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