Weekly Photo Prompt: House

Welcome to my weekly photo prompt!  Every Monday I will share a photo which I like, and taking it as a starting point, I’ll endeavour to come up with a piece of creative writing.  This might be a 100 word story, a poem, haiku, limerick or long piece – I’m not setting any rules apart from committing to a regular writing challenge to exercise my brain.  If you like the image I’ve shared, please feel free to use it as a prompt for your own work, give me a pingback and I promise to read and give my feedback. Continue reading

Telephone Troubles

2016-05-22 23.56.55Lols. Ur my bae. Omfg, pmsl 🙂

I’m sorry, I can’t even begin to talk like the younger generation. Now, I know that language is constantly changing and developing etc, and there’s a risk that this post will just sound like the grumblings of an old fogey. But since 11YO got a smartphone for her last birthday, I’ve been wondering whether all these digital communication channels are actually helping children to, well, communicate. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Prompt: “Remember her”

Welcome to my weekly photo prompt!  Every Monday I will share a photo which I like, and taking it as a starting point, I’ll endeavour to come up with a piece of creative writing.  This might be a 100 word story, a poem, haiku, limerick or longer piece – I’m not setting any rules apart from committing to a regular writing challenge to exercise my brain.  If you like the image I’ve shared, please feel free to use it as a prompt for your own work, give me a pingback and I promise to read and give my feedback.

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Bye Bye Bott Bott!

Interesting – and very brave to admit to doing Gina Ford, people who don’t like her tend to be really vitriolic about not liking her! I couldn’t stick her routines but found that if we were having baby melt downs at certain times of day, doing whatever GF said we should be doing at that time always seemed to do the trick. And her potty training book is brilliant, I swear by it!

mum vs mom

Maia is 100% a Gina Fordian. I was unashamedly a routine Queen with my firstborn . Routine was my crutch. Along with gin. Without it I was like Batman without Robin. I wanted, no NEEDED, to be spoon fed on ‘how the hell to parent!’ I wasn’t a natural mother. I’m still not.


Gina is certainly not for everybody – in fact she is a dirty word for many mums who see her strict baby routines as cold and mechanical.

But her book, ‘The Contented Little Baby’, really worked for me. Maia was running like clockwork from 3 months old and sleeping through the night (to non mums that just means a heavenly 6am ish wake up call!). Gina was my god. Her book was my bible. We even named Maia’s first dolly Gina in homage to her!

But if Gina could see me now…….

She would be furious. See…

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Weekly Photo Prompt: Forgotten Angel

Welcome to my weekly photo prompt!  Every Monday I will share a photo that I like, and taking it as a starting point, I’ll endeavour to come up with a piece of creative writing.  This might be a 100 word story, a poem, haiku, limerick or long piece – I’m not setting any rules apart from committing to a regular writing challenge to exercise my brain.  If you like the image I’ve shared, please feel free to use it as a prompt for your own work, give me a pingback and I promise to read and give my feedback. Continue reading