On June 18th 2022 there was a heatwave in Brussels and temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius (they over 40 degrees in parts of France and Spain). This is our families version of the typical fun in the sun* front page news photograph VS the unphotographable night time heat stress made worse by plane noise: *FunContinue reading “Heatwave”
Sharing has never been either of my daughter’s strong point, but this was a really low moment. Max and Maxine only lasted a couple of weeks and are now forgotten, but I still get asked to find invisible hamsters. Luckily I seem to be better at it than I was before.
Inspired by that engineer who thought his AI chat bot had gained sentience and the amount of time and effort that online dating takes.
In my last blog post I wrote about how I always feel like I don’t have enough time to act on the climate crisis because of the daily grind of our parenting routine. I think our whole relationship with time needs to change to tackle the problems we are facing, which in turn requires anContinue reading “Change our relationship to TIME”
I’ve just finished reading Britt Wray’s book ‘Generation Dread‘ on how to cope with the emotions that knowledge of the climate crisis stirs up, and how to channel them into action without burning out. I highly recommend reading it, especially as a follow on from Matt Winnings book Hot Mess which somehow manages to beContinue reading “Parenting in a climate crisis”
In May we went to Center Parcs in De Haan, Belgium for the long weekend and it was quite possibly the worst holiday we’ve ever been on. To start with I got the dates of our trip wrong, so we spent the entirety of Thursday morning packing up the car while the girls got steadilyContinue reading “Center Parcs”
At the end of April I binged watched the entirety of The Home Edit on Netflix and reorganised the house. Which yes, was therapeutic, but also raised some questions about the things we need to keep: While I was doing this I was reading ‘Time for Things: Labour, Leisure and the rise of Mass Consumption’Continue reading “The Home Edit”
I haven’t painted or written anything in a long time now because at the end of February our youngest daughter got very ill with some horrendous gastro bug and had to spend 3 nights in hospital on a drip, and then ten days after getting out of hospital for that she slipped in the playgroundContinue reading “Easter 2022”
I have started and stopped learning French so many times in my life now. I never seem to progress beyond a certain point and then have to relearn all the grammar all over again and it’s very frustrating. My French is probably the best it’s ever been at the moment (which is not saying aContinue reading “Learning French”
I haven’t knowingly had covid yet, but given how badly Belgium has been hit and the fact we have a child at primary school and another in daycare I feel like the odds are I have actually had it at some point just very mildly.