Play area


We’re on holiday. Heathrow has a soft play area next to the gate. Woohoo!

Goat has been got

Why, oh why, do some cookery programmes persist in that totally contrived, I’m just dropping into the shop, I’ve got a date night with my husband, a teevee crew just happens to be there pretense? It’s incredibly grating. It’s so strained and unnecessary — I want to see food being prepared and chatter around that, not a poorly-acted scripted setup reminiscent of a porno.

Also, is it strange that I am less willing to look up and follow recipes supposedly devised by fat chefs, because their diets are clearly less than healthy?

I watch a lot of Food Network.


As I’m not truly bilingual (i.e. I don’t speak Mandarin unless I have to), I guess Anne won’t be ‘crib bilingual‘. She knows what 洗手 means, though. Guess I need to start or go to a Mandarin play group, so she at least has some exposure. If only my teachers and tutor could see me now. They’d be smug as hell.

Bad bad bad

While I’m glad Anne’s finally got through the phase where everything and everyone is ‘daddy’, I’m less amused that she is pointing at pictures and drawings of monkeys and saying ‘mummy’. You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Only ten minutes back in the day

I have a feeling my big achievement this week will be moving my PC from the spare room — where it’s been buried under stuff (baby carriers, photographs, Neil’s documents for filing) for three months — into the living room and connecting it to the television.

Seeing the future


Or holding on to the baby as she insists on getting on a horse on the coin-operated carousel.


Used the basic recipe as seen here, and added 10 chopped-up prunes, a shredded conference pear, and 2 teaspoons of honey. No refined sugar. Anne’s asleep right now, but I hope she likes it as much as I do. Yum.


The following are a series of photos I shot with my Recesky DIY TLR toy camera, using black and white ISO 100 film. The results are definitely better than when I shoot with colour, so maybe spending the extra money is worth it.

Splashing around
Coate Water Country Park’s splash park — can you spot Anne?
Neil and Anne
After a splash in the splash park
Ophelia and Anne
An accidental double exposure
Neil and Anne
Taking a walk in Strathclyde Park, when we visited family in July
Dangerous waters
Warning sign at Strathclyde Park
Neil and Anne
At the water’s edge, also at Strathclyde Park
Eddy and Ophelia
One of the parents from our antenatal class — we got together for a first birthday barbecue