Plastic Surgery and Botox not required here!

Now I am not a proponent of plastic surgery, Botox, and the like in the first place.  I have long been a fan of growing old gracefully, albeit not rolling over and saying wrinkles, grey hair, come party here!  Easy to say when the numbers of years are not yet at the point to disguise. …

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A tale of two poppies – part II

A long while back, in fact a year yesterday, I told a tale of a hot poppy, and promised a second poppy story, hinting that it would be a small poppy with a tall poppy twist!  Sounds like poppycock to me!  But it was not in jest, the slender poppy is about to reveal herself!…

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Transferable skills

Transferable skills.  Not a new term, one long bandied about in regard to writing up your curriculum vitae or resume.  However I lived these two words in that order in way I had never anticipated the other day. When I was undertaking my PhD in Chemistry I was also a demonstrator for practical laboratories for…

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For once I’m going to pat my own back

I have been back at work, admittedly not full time, for three months now.  And I have managed to keep breastfeeding my daughter.  I express when I am at work and occasionally in the evening at home to make sure she has enough for the next day. Which isn’t to say there has been the…

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The grandmother she will never know

Given I was an accidental child – my mother was 47 when I was born – and my little girl arrived a little after I past the age of 40 it is no surprise that both of my parents are gone. In some senses sad, for despite having two much older siblings my little girl…

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The bad of breastfeeding

Before all the breastfeeding zealots ping me with hate mail I am a very happy breastfeeding mum. But everyone goes on about the wonder of it all.  Thought it was about time someone told it like it really is! Waking up and finding that your sheet is soaked through with breast milk and you are…

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Survived the first day back at work

Well the morning started like a dream.  To treat Mum for her first day back at work the wee blossom slept through the night, waking up or least waking me at a very respectable 6.40 this morning.  She had a great breast feed, and I even managed to feed her breakfast. However it was also a…

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Tick tock, stop the clock

Well the clock is ticking down very fast now; in 27 days I will be back at work.  Hand on heart I do not want to be there.  It is funny, I came into motherhood thinking that the early part of having a child was something to get through, dirty nappies and not much else.…

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Like Mt Everest, only much, much smaller

I have finally conquered my personal Mt Everest – I have finished reading my first book since our baby’s arrival into the world last June.  It only took me three months. Just under half of the time my daughter has been alive.  As mentioned earlier, something I would have knocked off in about two hours…

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The airline of middle earth gets my thumbs up, not to mention middle earth customs

Well our wee girl has had her first international flight, albeit Australia to New Zealand is hardly long haul. However you do need a passport and you have to go through customs.  When I was a child I travelled on my mum’s passport – just a line entry with my name and birth date; no…

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