The story of the value of milk 1

The story of the value of milk
I’m writing this post in fury having just received the saddest letter from our local milkman, Fred Yates and Son. I draw from my memories of working for what was then Britain’s largest farmer who exited the dairy industry 16 years ago due to the poor market.  Yates are a local dairy with a farm ...

Mokosh Wrap – Hyades Sky – Review

Mokosh Wrap - Hyades Sky - Review
Mokosh is a Russian brand of high quality jacquard wraps and Amata, who runs the business, draws on a lot of natural and folk references for the interesting and often intricate designs. My stash consists of several Mokosh wraps, some permanently, as I’m continually impressed by Amata’s work. I, along with a lovely babywearing friend, ...

126 dead women – #iwd2016

126 dead women - #iwd2016
   Today on International Women’s Day, Labour MP Jess Phillips honoured the 126 women killed in 2015 by the men known to them. She read out their names in parliament, information made available thanks to the work of the Counting Dead Women project run by Karen Ingala Smith.   In the UK in 2015 a ...

That Gorse is mine 3

That Gorse is mine
I have yet to try so many wraps but in my experience thus far I’ve had wraps that are beautiful but a pain in the arse to use, some that are pleasant all rounders, others that are lush. Then, very seldom, I’ve had wraps that have made my heart swoon.      I received one ...

I’ll babywear and I just don’t care

I'll babywear and I just don't care
  I have a serious case of the “sod-its” People say getting into high end babywearing is like going down a rabbit hole. For me it sings to all that I adore, beautiful fabrics, design, texture and holding my children closely.  I am unapologetic in my reverie of this hobby. Nay, obsession. Granted, a year ...

Artipoppe – Two Birds Romjul – Review

Artipoppe - Two Birds Romjul - Review
Artipoppe Artipoppe is a Netherlands based high end machine woven wrap company who have been around for a couple of short years. In that time the company, through its use of distinctive designs and unusual blends, has taken the wrapping market by storm. The incredibly small “wrap lab” releases are highly sought after and attract ...

The 30 Day Wrap Challenge 1

The 30 Day Wrap Challenge
   I started carrying my eldest within weeks of her being born as prams are a bit of a bind on these steep hills with their narrow pavements. I stopped carrying her at the age of two years and nine months: a week before I gave birth to Smallest. I had dabbled very briefly with ...

Artipoppe – Two Birds Havana – Review

Artipoppe - Two Birds Havana - Review
Artipoppe Artipoppe is a Netherlands based high end machine woven wrap company who have been around for a couple of short years. In that time the company, through its use of distinctive designs and unusual blends, has taken the wrapping market by storm. The incredibly small “wrap lab” releases are highly sought after and attract ...

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas 1

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas
We went to a gig yesterday afternoon, it was great. The band were full of energy, there was lots of lunatic dancing, enthusiastic audience participation and some brilliant Christmas song interpretations.  A gig in the afternoon you say? Well, yes, it was a gig for children under seven and their family. It’s not an unusual ...

Instagram Husband

Instagram Husband
Sometimes you watch something that cuts a little close to the bone…I’m not this bad…I selfie better to be honest. Instagram Husband is a very witty commentary on the pernicious social documentation of our lives. Worth a watch. It might turn up in a lecture.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  It’s been a long time since I was compelled to write about new music. One of the side effects of maternity leave is that you enter a cultural black hole. The most I managed in terms of any new media was the occasional TV series (thank you streaming services) and lots of books. Books ...

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen
I have discovered a love of Instagram as it’s the perfect place to express my interests in fashion and babywearing (and yes they do converge due to the critical element of fabrics and blends). I’m reposting this here as it perfectly sums up my duel love affair with Lee McQueen and Shaun Leane, partners in ...

Mokosh Wrap – Thistles Pepper – Review

Mokosh Wrap - Thistles Pepper - Review
Mokosh Mokosh is a Russian brand of high quality jacquard wraps and Amata, who runs the business, draws on a lot of natural and folk references for the interesting and often intricate designs. Mokosh is a Russian brand of high quality jacquard wraps and Amata, who runs the business, draws on a lot of natural ...

Who’s next for the lion’s den?

Who's next for the lion's den?
This is the last line from Suzy Menkes’s recent article about why the fashion world is on the edge of crashing. Some might say that has been the case for some time with big designer names taking magnificent falls from grace. Most sneer; fashion appears to be a gilded world but the reality is of ...

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby

Wedding, fashion and carrying your baby
Last weekend was the wedding of two people I’m supremely fond of and it was such a joy to be asked to attend. They had waited a long time for marriage to become legal and so witnessing the ceremony was emotional and very happy. In particular, they had made such an effort to accommodate children at ...