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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Starting Avocado Trees From Seeds

Growing avocado trees from seeds is remarkably simple, but takes a long time. Here's how I started, and some other cuttings and seedlings I've been working on.

Starting avocado trees from seeds… and more fun with cuttings. 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 […]

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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!

Spending at last! We set our spending budget to allow ourselves a bit of fun after having bought our house.

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. Our spending budget We did our usual thing in January,  allowing ourselves […]

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The Hypno-Cat.

A black kitchen tap and a black cat - here's why I've been distracted recently - it's down to diy and pets.

A black kitchen tap… and a black cat. Days go by, weeks go by, all of a sudden I’ve got a shiny new black 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 […]

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