Rip It Up And Start Again…

I’m on a bit of a posting frenzy it seems, only because I’ve finally spilled the beans about the child maintenance chase and there’s quite a bit to share about that. As it’s past this year’s tax deadline, I’ve been ruminating over when or whether to start the process of re-examining the CMS’s maintenance calculation. I’ve known for a long […]

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Let It Grow

Plants are fascinating, aren’t they? They can be a bit infuriating, of course, but that’s more my fault for killing them off than theirs. I love growing things, but I haven’t done much since I moved to a gardenless flat a few years ago. Now, I’ve got my own home and garden, and I’m really keen to start filling them […]

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The CMS – Child Maintenance Saga

My Child Maintenance story For a while now, I’ve been hoping to write about something that’s simultaneously personal and political, important and contentious. It’s the subject of child maintenance, or child support, as it’s more commonly referred to in the US. This is the story of how I overturned a decision that enabled my son’s father to legally avoid paying […]

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Spending At Last!

For the last few months, we’ve all been pootling along merrily, more or less, with varying degrees of merry depending on how close to Monday it is. By Sunday afternoon all can tell by my ghastly expression that work beckons… but that’s for another time.   We did our usual thing in January,  allowing ourselves a spending budget for the […]

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The Hypno-Cat.

Days go by, weeks go by, all of a sudden I’ve got a shiny new kitchen tap and a toilet in my living room. A few more weeks go by and I’ve still got a toilet in my living room. It’s pointless trying to explain why I haven’t written a post in a month, because this is just how I am. […]

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Pipe Dreams.

Young(ish) couple buy their first house – a real fixer-upper – and set about doing the work themselves. On a budget. Hilarity ensues. You’ve seen that movie, right? I feel as if I have. Far, far too many times. Maybe it comes from being a child of the 80s, the zenith of movie cheese; it’s quite likely. But perhaps it comes from […]

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This Floor Has Ruined My Life.

Has cleaning my wood floorboards ruined my life? Not really, but in a way. (warning – contains nasty gross icky stuff) Shopping your way to happiness A few days ago, I read an article in the Guardian entitled, “Can you shop your way to happiness?” knowing what the answer would be, but intrigued as to what insight the writer would bring […]

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Fidor – The Facebook Bank

I might be a bit late with this one, but I wanted to be a bit cautious and dip my toe in the water before crowing too loudly about it. A few months ago, I heard about Germany’s Fidor Bank, and its premise – online banking, social media-style – grabbed my attention straight away. It launched in the UK on Friday, and being interested […]

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Ombré Staircase – Work In Progress

Ombré Staircase - Work In Progress. This green ombré stair project was a great way to put some personality into our home. Click on the picture to see the project in progress, and how I did it.

Work in progress report for my ombré painted stairs – Ever spent any time on Pinterest? I hadn’t, until a few months ago.  I didn’t get it at first, but when I realised I’d be getting my hands on my own house, I started compiling ideas for decorating and gardening, as many do. It’s been extremely useful, but it’s also […]

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We Bought A House!

We Bought A House! Click on the picture to see the gory pictures of the DIY and decorating project we've given ourselves.

We’ve got something to tell you… So… it’s been a while! I’d delayed updating the blog on purpose – it’s not exactly true that I wanted to delay it this much, but I guess one thing led to another, one week led to a month, and here I am. But I had a good reason – We bought a house! Yep, it was […]

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