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 […]
Spending At Last!
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 […]
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 […]
DIY disasters. 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 […]
Cleaning Wooden Floorboards With Hydrogen Peroxide
Has cleaning my wooden floorboards ruined my life? Not really, but in a way. (warning – contains nasty gross icky pictures) Finally saving my floor has given me a lot of work… A few days ago, I read an article in the Guardian entitled, “Can you shop your way to happiness?” […]