Category: Life


I’ve had a bit of a blogging lull (I appreciate that this is not the first time I have written this post, or one similar). The last school year has been a whirlwind – I have been busier than I could have ever hoped for doing stuff I love for local businesses, research projects and charities, but now it is time for a little reflection around my work, how much I do (I’ve been flat out), and how I can work smarter and include all the other bits that are important to me and mine into our lives. Part of that...

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Moving house blues

Oh my goodness, goodness, goodness!  How do people do this?  Seven weeks today since our mortgage application.  SEVEN.  WEEKS.  And the bank has still not done the valuation. Apparently the rest all checks out and is moving along as it should be, but why so long to look at a house?  It took us less time than that to find it. Of course our vendor is wondering if we have cold feet.  And we are worried they will pull the sale (although everyone is saying they are frustrated but positive).  All we can do is keep our fingers firmly...

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Top 5 – Things I love about living in Portslade

There’s lots happening in our lovely city and especially close to home in our little Portslade.  So for my first post in absolutely ages, I wanted to write about the Things I love about Portslade 1. Our new pub, The Railway Inn.  Okay, so the play area is not finished yet but it will be soon, the roasts look excellent, and it’s just ABOUT TIME we had a decent pub in the Slade.  The Railway Inn is the sister pub to the George Payne over in Aldrington, and most of Portslade is absolutely thrilled.  You can read more about it here. 2. The community.  More and more families are moving from Brighton and Hove to Portslade, as we have lovely more-for-your-money properties and gardens, free parking and great transport links.  If you’re already here, or your thinking of moving over, join our Buzz on Boundary or Friends of Vale Park group. 3. We’re so close to Brighton.  Okay, so we’re not IN Brighton, but we’re close enough to zip in on the train and not have to worry about parking.  Or take a bus (every 6 minutes). 3.5 Because of above, we can rent a room out to students or independent travelers to produce a very decent extra income. 4.  The vibe.  Portslade is friendly and real and exciting to be a part of.  We’ve got lots happening, including rumours of a new cafe.  There’s £40k apparently coming for...

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This morning I find myself for the first time, alone at eight am.  K has always slept in after a late night, but not so B, who is six and usually (like her father), up at dawn, irrespective of bedtime.  We were late last night after a bonfire and barbecue on the beach.  Squeezing the last moments out of the summer holiday. We’ve had several firsts these last few days.  K has cracked riding her bike.  I could not be prouder of her.  She’s a fierce little dynamo and is loving mastering new physical challenges. B learnt to swim this year and is getting the knack of her roller skates.  she bought a skateboard with holiday money from Granny too, so is working on that. School starts on monday, and although its only a short taster for Miss K, she can’t wait.  We are both frustrated by the staggered start which covers the first four weeks of school, doing random, changing 2 hour sessions to start with.  As a second child with a feisty spirit and sparky intelligence, shes fired up and ready.  And of course, B will be full-time from day one, leaving us lonely and bereft after a wonderful summer. And I have a new job.  Exciting and interesting and challenging.  And one which I can work around school drop offs and pick-ups.  I’m thrilled and nervous and excited....

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As well as writing about my 40's, I run Do Stuff U Love.  It's a small business, helping other small businesses in Brighton, Hove and Worthing to manage websites, blogs and social media


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Support Zero Waste Week at the same time as stocking up on these lovely giclee prints (I'm thinking Christmas pressies) by my talented friend, Zoe who blogs over at ecothriftyliving.
For each print sold in September 2017, Zoe is donating £2

Zoe’s Zen Art for Zero Waste week

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