Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

That was the week that was, well, the worst…

I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…

An up and down sort of month or so…

Going up at home: Life at Merebank Towers is getting better in some ways. After a false fire alarm last Friday there was a lot of bonding while wearing pyjamas and warm coats. We discovered that a lot of people have illegal pets. The firefighters were, to a man and woman, all extremely attractive and … Continue reading An up and down sort of month or so…

An Easter cake for modern life…

Traditionally Simnel cake (those of you who love it can click on the link for a great, slightly abbreviated, version by Mary Berry) was the speciality that occupied home cooks in the run up to the Easter holiday. However, nowadays fruit cake has fallen out of favour as it's so heavy and not very popular … Continue reading An Easter cake for modern life…

Swerving that ‘community spirit shite’…and failing somewhat

Sometimes little things really restore your faith in people. I live in a tower block that had a lick of paint, a general spruce up and some clever marketing invested in it about 10 years ago - and nothing much since. Now the community is what makes it feel like a place you can call … Continue reading Swerving that ‘community spirit shite’…and failing somewhat

Mulled wine recipe…

The period of Twixtmas has a slow moving charm. There's not much to do if you have the time off. There's eating, drinking, TV, sales shopping, visiting relatives, taking long baths, reading books, trying not to kill the kids, taking brisk walks...basically there's lots of time to do nothing. And the perfect drink to go … Continue reading Mulled wine recipe…

My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Today Child 1 lost her third tooth. She's not keen on blood and mess so she has never wobbled those that have now departed. Instead she moaned about how distracting the whole process is. Children her age are just discovering that folkloric figures like Father Christmas may not be as real as the (generally) rotund … Continue reading My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…

Skimming my Facebook On This Day posts this morning, I spotted this classic from last year - "To the little shit who tore my daughter's Easter bonnet apart... In 20 years time she will come for you. In the silence of the darkest, coldest night. This is your warning. I hope you spend the rest … Continue reading Help! Sometimes I’m the type of mum I hate…

Not reticent – the 6 year old who just can’t be arsed…

I am a fairly slapdash parent. I'm competitive in a low maintenance kind of way (I don't get my knickers in a twist about stuff the kids have no aptitude for - what's the point?) but I am really showoff-y if they get a good part in the nativity. Anyway, for a long time we … Continue reading Not reticent – the 6 year old who just can’t be arsed…

Date – day 4 of #Blogtober2017

Wednesdays are traditionally wordless here at Sophie's Voice so I'll let this picture speak for itself. Its a collage of snaps from my last date - when, back in April, I took Child 1 out for brunch before she went back to school for the summer term. I like spending time with her one to … Continue reading Date – day 4 of #Blogtober2017