It took me a couple of days to stop thinking about it; the news that at a nature reserve in Germany insect numbers have dropped by 75% with accompanying reports of ecological Armageddon. It was one of those news items that stopped me short. Yes, I know, or I should do, as I work in … Continue reading The world needs more gadflies
“Mummy,” who made this? Says my four-year-old as he regards the wicker fire-basket that sits by the hearth with the bemused and fascinated awe that comes with children that age. I was slightly unsure what to reply to this, as I so often am with some of his questions. I am vaguely aware, after watching … Continue reading Who made this?
A couple of months ago I bought a pair of trousers, and something about them made me question several things, who had made them, and what was the true cost beyond what I had paid at the till? As with so many things with our economic model, there really was no way of finding out, … Continue reading Sisyphean sewing tasks
Last night while my son lay sleeping on the bed next to me I was silently stitching a small patch over a hole in a sun hat. This hat had made an reappearance in my life some 30+ years after it first came into it, during a wet family holiday to Wales. For some reason, … Continue reading A little red sun hat
I know I sound churlish, but I really do have a difficult relationship with children’s parties. Yesterday we went to the daughter of one of our close friends’ sixth birthday party. It was a disco with an entertainer in a village hall. We walked inside from a beautiful sunny day and were met by lots … Continue reading The first world problems of kids’ birthday parties