My weekend in 1984, by Lentilweaver, aged mid-40s…..

Yesterday was a very interesting day in many ways. My husband took himself off to a gig in Glasgow, so I was in sole charge of our two WHILE THEY WERE AWAKE.  This resulted in us ‘customising’ some clothes and other crazy exploits, as I attempted to negotiate around various numbers of children whose stories […]

View from the NE on Brexit.

This post was inspired by a friends Facebook post where she expressed a fear of the rising Far Right, in light of the extremely complex political chaos. Obviously this is a difficult subject, fraught with problems when it’s being discussed. In order to look properly at what’s happening, we need to disengage and look at […]

The Parently Art of Lactation — Full Cream

When my fourth baby was born, a friend gifted me a vintage 2nd edition copy of ‘The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding’. First published by La Leche International in 1963, this book was revolutionary. At a time when breastfeeding was widely considered old-fashioned and distasteful in Western cultures, and mothers were persuaded by doctors to use […] […]

The Breast Book: Grooming, Gatekeeping and Gender Identity (part 2)

Originally posted on Full Cream:
This commentary on The Breast Book is a guest post from Eufemia Torres. Eufemia is a qualified teacher from the UK and a mother of two breastfed children. She has a keen interest in the politics and social issues. This article is not intended to be a book review. The commentary…

The Breast Book: Grooming, Gatekeeping and Gender Identity (part 1)

Originally posted on Full Cream:
This commentary on The Breast Book is a guest post from Eufemia Torres. Eufemia is a qualified teacher from the UK and a mother of two breastfed children. She has a keen interest in the politics and social issues. This article is not intended to be a book review. The commentary…

Going to see a man about a church…

Dear Readers (who may or may not exist), I have a confession. I am a devout atheist, I have no religious leanings whatsoever, I sometimes wish I did, but I don’t. I have no disregard for those who do, and I often quite respect them. I would certainly not hold any ill wish, in fact […]

Binders full of children — Full Cream

Making global headlines in recent weeks has been a Guardian UK investigation which has revealed that the practice of breast ‘ironing’ is being perpetrated on young girls in the UK. According to the National FGM Centre, breast ironing or breast flattening is a traditional practice in some African cultures in which a prepubescent girl is […] […]

Sleep tight

As you may (or may not) know, I have anxiety issues, in fact it was only when I started taking antidepressants for post-natal depression, that I realised that it’s not ‘normal’ to feel constantly on edge all the time.  As a result, I’ve never slept particularly well, and in particular have trouble falling asleep, because […]