Psoriasis and me

First things first: this is not a pity-post. This is simply my reality that I wish to share. I was first diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 11 and I’ve been in and out of specialist care ever since. I’ll talk about treatments later on. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, which means that my immune […]

Baking for beginners

Public health opens your eyes in some very surprising ways. When I was on maternity leave, I had a lot of contact with play workers, who looked after young families and identified gaps that could be filled to make life better. They noticed that many families struggled to cook and make basic meals from scratch. […]

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 […]

Erasure in the Scientific World

I don’t often blog in anger (who’m I kidding 😂) here we go again… I came across this article today. Apparently, it was a necessary evil to mark down women’s scores. I’d love to think this was a one off, but I know that this can be pretty much standard. I recently had an ‘interesting’ […]

What is ‘environmentally friendly’?

Ok, I’m on a roll, so bare with me. I’m not picking specifically on this range, it’s simply the first advert that’s piqued my concern. The discussion I’ve had on Facebook has further helped form my opinion, and I’m sharing it with you because I think it’s important to understand how to look at these […]

The less stitches, the more riches

Or part 2 of Ending is better than mending. This is another hypnopeadic phrase from Brave New World, and one quite fitting to today’s society too. The question is riches for who? But I think we know the answer to that 😉 So, what? What can WE do? Well, as I mentioned in The Mustard […]

Ending is better than mending

I’ve been reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, well, I should say rereading really. It sounds very intellectual to say that, but it’s not really. It’s simply a book, no particularly long words or hard concepts to understand, It’s a dystopian story, so the same genre as The Handmaids Tale, set in a near-future […]

The Mustard Seed

He set another man before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the […]