One in 4 people will experience a mental health condition this year – I was that one. And this is what it was like.

Probably worse than running out of milk when you live on a farm is running out of the chemicals your brain produces to cope with stress. Worse than depleted water tanks is depleted resilience. Last month I had what they would have once called 'a nervous breakdown’. In an era unwilling to openly discuss mental … Continue reading One in 4 people will experience a mental health condition this year – I was that one. And this is what it was like.

Celebrate and commemorate babies born too soon, too small, too sick…

Today is World Prematurity Day. Here's a little movie I put together two years ago starring our daughter, Elsie, from 634g born at 24-weeks gestation to a wonderful 7yo (in 2014). Today I think about all of the babies born too soon around the world and especially about the amazing medical teams that do all … Continue reading Celebrate and commemorate babies born too soon, too small, too sick…

No wonder leaving things to the last minute is so popular

At uni, we used to stay up all night to study before an exam.  My friends and I lived in a farmhouse and if we were 'pulling an all-nighter', we’d make each other instant coffees until we were buzzing and delirious. One night, we got in a car and drove to another farmhouse, turning off … Continue reading No wonder leaving things to the last minute is so popular

Bad mums have a night off to watch Bad Moms

We’ve had a lot of rain in a short amount of time - around three inches in the last week. That’s about 75mm for those of you who went metric 40-odd years ago. So our Facebook feeds started with photos of kids splashing in muddy puddles but have now become filled with warnings of severe … Continue reading Bad mums have a night off to watch Bad Moms

A leopard has spots on the outside

‘Of course!’ I said, ‘I can make that cake.’ We’d googled animal-themed birthday cakes. We’d used almost our entire monthly data allowance looking at animal cakes on Pinterest. Elsie chose one that had a bit of brown icing and a tiger figurine stuck on it. You beauty, I thought. But then. Just one more inch … Continue reading A leopard has spots on the outside