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Alice, 40, lives in Hove with her husband, young son and dog. Our Reluctant Housewife will try anything once, even if it’s only to get her out of the house!
Posted at 1:58pm Thursday 18th April 2013
I haven’t enjoyed a full, uninterrupted 8 hours sleep in nearly six years. I know this because I have had a lot of time to think about that fact. A lot of time spent lying in bed in the dark, eyes wide open pondering how long it has been since I have slept a full night and since when.
Posted at 3:57pm Saturday 17th November 2012
Posted at 6:18pm Monday 17th September 2012
What do you do with your little darlings’ bits of art? You know the endless bits of paper and card that have been marked by your offspring. Which ones do you deem to be ‘special’ and worthy of putting aside to get out again when they’ve grown up and left home? And which ones can you with a clear conscience throw away?
Posted at 12:41pm Thursday 7th June 2012
I’ve turned into a Nimby (for those not familiar with the acronym it means Not In My BackYard).
Posted at 2:47pm Wednesday 28th March 2012
My son, like most four year olds, has a big imagination. In his head he plans to visit many countries, can speak many different languages and has over 100 brothers and sisters. But he is also rooted in an unshakeable reality that whatever he sees has to exist or be happening somewhere and be accessible to him. Which makes watching adverts a bit of a problem…
Posted at 5:57pm Monday 6th February 2012
Last Halloween my husband and I went on a tour of the ‘Haunted’ Preston Manor, billed as a Ghost Tour we thought we’d certainly get to see or sense something spooky. But despite being conducted in the dark on the night of the year the veil between the living and the dead is supposedly at its thinnest the only scary thing that happened was the fact the pubs were already shut by the time it was over.
Posted at 6:21pm Thursday 22nd December 2011
I'm always thankful to live where I do, I love Brighton and Hove and all that goes on here. And there is no greater time than Christmas to remind me just how diverse, archaic, fun, exciting and lovable this place is.
Posted at 6:56pm Monday 19th September 2011
This weekend saw the family visit PupAid 2011. An annual event on Brighton’s dog calendar and a must- attend for anyone who loves or owns a hound. PupAid is a like a mini one-day festival that takes over Stanmer House and its private garden and everyone is welcome, especially our four legged friends.
Posted at 6:23pm Tuesday 13th September 2011
I recently travelled by tube. I took London ’s famous underground train from Victoria to Oxford Circus, only a couple of stops with no changes. No big deal you might think? Well maybe not for you but I haven’t travelled by tube for over ten years! Which is odd considering up until recently I had lived in our nation’s capital for the better part of two decades. No, I don’t have a problem with transport in general, I am claustrophobic.
Posted at 7:00pm Tuesday 26th July 2011
Apparently I travelled on the Bluebell Railway as a child, I don’t remember it, which I know does little to recommend it, but as a nearby attraction on a rainy day we thought it was time to check the fully functioning steam railway out as adults - and take our 3year old along for the ride – maybe he’d even remember it!
Posted at 1:02pm Wednesday 29th June 2011
Crying babies cause us all anguish, whether they belong to us or not. In a waiting room, a shop, an aeroplane – the appearance of a red-faced little squealer has us all wincing and grimacing. But would you attack someone who suggested you took your wailing baby home?