Family Relationships

Amsterfam: Fizzy Chewits

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

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Setting aside the incomprehensible language, the wormholes of homesickness and the abject horror of an existence without Branston pickle, there is much to be said for family life in the Netherlands. The Dutch have some ingenious…

Amsterfam: Frocks

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

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It is the last day of 2017 and it is pissing it down. I know, right? Your woman in Amsterdam has the inside track. The weather in The Netherlands is shitty. In the few months we’ve…

I’m Sorry For Your Loss

Grief & loss

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I want to scream. Those words are beginning to deeply irritate me. They seem so completely bizarre at the time of someone’s death. My beloved Nan died very recently and I have had so many messages, all…

A Case For The Private Love Letter

Heartfelt & handwritten notes of love

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On sorting through my Mother’s papers after her death last year, I discovered a battered old leather suitcase tucked away at the back of her bedroom cupboard. Inside was a cardboard box lined lovingly with pink…

Amsterfam: Frayed

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

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At the beginning of the second week of Dutch school, I find myself in sole charge of our three children, because My Lawyer husband has gone away with The Job He Won’t Have To Travel With….