Feelings

In recent times I’ve been talking through bringing up little man with a strong attachment, and it’s necessity to build a secure and confident child. Particularly so in view of lone parenting; the importance of feeling loved yet navigating growing independence through clear boundary setting, is something I’m almost constantly assessing. This always seems to… Read More

Some Words On Rest

Some Words On Rest

Hello, Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 so far is being received in fine fettle. I hope too that the tail end of last year was on form. This time of year, with it’s wintery cold and definite need for hibernation has brought about a period of reflection for me. At the end of… Read More

Music and Courage

Music and Courage

  As you may already know, I’m a music fan and almost all the time, BBC 6 Music is the preferred channel of choice in the McDuff kitchen. There is a segment on Lauren Laverne’s Morning show called ‘Memory Tapes’ where a listener gets in touch with their story, and a selection of  songs to… Read More

Going to California * Part Two

Going to California * Part Two

The trip was planned fairly meticulously yet allowed space for adaptability, if that makes sense. I had no idea how it would go, travelling with a baby. Times zones, stuff, navigating subway systems, even a new pram for the trip took a ridiculous amount of research. So I planned for three weeks, which would give… Read More

Going to California * Part One

Going to California * Part One

Ever since I was little, I’ve had a fascination with San Fransisco. Maybe because of Christopher Walken and Roger Moore’s fisticuffs on the Golden Gate Bridge in A View to a Kill. Or perhaps it was the spookily alluring Escape from Alcatraz that captivated me. Certainly as a teenager, West Coast music of the sixties… Read More

Tomato & Fennel Pasta

Tomato & Fennel Pasta

This year I grew a lot of tomatoes. To be honest, I’m still going through them, having brought in a load of green numbers and leaving them to ripen in the central heating. I’m also re-evaluating my relationship with food and economy in a bid to spend less in the shops and use what I… Read More

Lamb Kleftiko

Lamb Kleftiko

Sometimes I just get the feeling that I want to cook something in paper, goodness knows why. Perhaps it’s just that paper is just that bit more tactile than foil, crockery or tins? Anyway, with this in mind and on the cards I turned to Felicity Cloake’s recipe for lamb kleftiko, as she has certainly… Read More

Finding the Flow…

Finding the Flow…

So I’m wondering if I’m getting the hang of this? I’ve spent so much time deliberating, contemplating and quite honestly, faffing around this blog notion…how public do I need to be when I’ve always considered myself a private person? Where am I at? Are people interested? Do people really want to know about x, y… Read More

A Few Of Our Favourite Things

Hello! Okay so I thought I’d start sharing some things that are keeping us pretty happy at the moment. And it really is the simple things! What with it getting a little nippy both in and out, little man and I are embracing Autumn, with the help of these little numbers…   For Him…  … Read More