Author Archives: Karen


I know I have moaned about sleep quite a lot in the last five years. That’s something of an understatement, isn’t it? Sleep has been something of an issue since early in pregnancy, and actually, before that too. I can … Continue reading

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Dream Home

I have a recurring dream, or at least a recurring theme. There are elements that recur, in different settings, but there is always at least one house and at least one staircase. The stairs are often frustratingly Escher-like,

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Separate Streams

It’s a very, very long time since I’ve been near a chatroom. At the beginning, I had a new identity every day. It was so much fun being someone else, and harmless too, because all I was doing was, literally, … Continue reading

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The trouble with parenting manuals

The trouble with parenting manuals is that the idea of a set of instructions for a human being is just preposterous; no human beings fit neatly into a predictable description formulated by someone who has never met them. Our children … Continue reading

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Contents Page

The contents of my bag, following a camping holiday: Top row: Conrad’s socks, wipes [for ice-cream], tissues, leaflets from various attractions, wallet stuffed with receipts, half-knitted socks, spare cloth shopping bag, knitting pattern. Middle row: Sticky organic sun cream, bookmark, … Continue reading

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