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The vegetarian and the chicken soup
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I am striving hard to be a better cook, to cook more from scratch. This is partly because we are a bit skint, and partly because I have deluded myself into thinking that creating homemade wondrousness for my kids will make me a better person. It actually makes me stressed and cranky, because I am in fact a shit cook, mainly because I have the attention...

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A year in Sweden
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A year in Sweden

May 20, 2016

Just over a year after we upped sticks and moved to Sweden, I ask the boys to help me pick out some of the highlights so far…

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Attempting to sell myself AKA updating my CV
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Urgh… you know you’ve been a bit out of touch when your CV was last updated in 2007. First of all I thought it must be a mistake. I searched and searched through my old files, but no, it’s true. Lordy, this means an almost entire re-write as opposed to the quick touch up I’d hoped for. I am going to blame the 3rd...

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7 things my children have learnt from books
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Reading is of course, good for our children, we have heaps of books (my husband says I buy too many… can you have too many books?), but it is advisable to remember that they will discover things in the pages of those masterpieces which we had not anticipated… Such as… Mum, can we go poaching? (Danny, the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl) We...

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My husband bought me a ring…
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I will admit it, keys are a problem, mainly finding them when I want to go out is a problem. The children are pros at looking for them 7 minutes before the bus leaves, ignoring my sweary, stressy craziness, sprinting hell for leather to the bus stop with 4 minutes to go, leaving the apartment unlocked and then re-assuring me it’s ok, for me to find them 2...

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Endocrines, cups of tea and swaddling – the year of the baby
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Endocrines are on the increase everywhere we look… Sisters, brothers, friends and cousins, all of them having babies – this means that we are officially in the year of the baby (well it means that in our household anyway). So, having thought that we were quite up to date on most things relating to childbirth (we have had 2 in the last 8 years after...

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The novelty of a long hot bath
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This week, I had to go away for work and stay in a hotel and, for about the first time in 18 months, I had a long hot bath. On my own. In absolute silence (apart from the bubbles fizzing as they melted away). For me, this is the stuff of dreams and because it is such a step removed from my normal reality, I...

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Back on the bike, Bridget style
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Let the February health kick commence… I know it’s a bit late and it is the 7th, but I have had to polish off all the beer, gin, crisps and biscuits in order to remove temptation. I am now ready. We got the bikes out today, mine had a flat tyre, so I had to go out on foot – for those of you who think this was...

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The (amended) 4 gift rule
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I was googling present ideas for inspiration for the boys and came across several posts about the 4 gift rule. It’s kind of the ‘thing’ this year for Christmas. You are supposed to get something to wear, something to read, something you want and something you need. I read lots of comments and articles about this and encounter lots of positivity, but, but, but,...

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