Monday, 19 March 2018


Way back in the year 2000, when my first child started school, I was a little concerned that I would be spending years making packed lunches. I was right to be concerned because I'm still. making. packed. lunches.
The last few weeks I have been quite uninspired about what to put on sandwiches, seemingly doing an endless rotation of egg, tuna or cheese with tomato, lettuce or cucumber.
So I googled sandwich fillings and came up with some things it will be a cinch to whip up in the mornings:
How about grilled asparagus, lemon mayonnaise, pecorino and pepper?

Sliced eye fillet, fried egg, lettuce, cheese and aioli?

Or for a quick option "lightly floured and fried calamari" with aioli on a baguette

This one would travel nicely: Tuna melt with mozzarella, artichoke, caper, olive and parsley salad

for the budget option I could do lobster fingers with vanilla bean mayo, wild rocket and grilled prosciutto.

Do you think anyone would notice of the rocket wasn't wild foraged???

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Gas in Labour

The client who I attended as she laboured this week was one of the more dramatic type. Her mum supported her in the long ordeal with great competence and stamina. I have never seen a more dedicated support person, even to the extent that  this muslim lady got in the shower with her daughter, not just fully clothed in the traditional sense but with long sleeves, long pants and hijab.
Most labouring women will develop a way of coping with each contraction and put that technique into practice as the pain builds intensity but this young woman appeared to be surprised by it every time and would frequently fall backwards or launch herself off the bed to be caught by her mother every time. 
At one point my client seemed to be safely and quietly resting on the bed and her mum went to do something else. A pain came and the missile launch thing happened again. Fortunately I was close by. My attempt at catching her was successful if not graceful. At that moment there were two of us making an almighty effort so nobody can be quite sure who it was that "let one slip"!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The things I say

Some of the things I say on repeat:

  • What time are you going?
  • Do  you need to eat?
  • What time is your train?
  • Has Harry been fed?
  • What are we gonna have for dinner?
  • Are you home for dinner tonight?
  • What time will you be back?
  • Are you going to work today?
  • Are you going to the gym?
  • Can you get milk?
  • Can you get bread?
  • Does that uniform need washing?
  • Bye
  • See you later
  • Have a good day

If you had a parrot, what would it learn to say?