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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that I have written a lot about domestic abuse and coercive control and support organisations like Women’s Aid and Refuge who help victims of domestic violence and abuse.  I was excited this week to stumble across a new campaign, kNOw this isn’t love, by Victims First.   The kNOw this isn’t love campaign is designed to raise awareness of coercive control and emotional abuse in relationships.  …

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We spent at great day out at Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest Hampshire this February half term.   Cygnet and I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Christmas Day.  Since then, Cygnet has been obsessed with the film and with the flying car in particular.  When I found out that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at the Beaulieu Motor Museum we just had to go.  We actually made a bit of a holiday of it.  I booked three…

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I’ve been on a blogging sabbatical, or at least that’s what I am telling you all.  The other night when I published the blog post about my crush on a French man I looked back at the previous post and realised that it has been a month, yes a whole month, since I had posted it. Gone are the days when I would post 4 times a week, when words would flow out of me like tears. Often, to be…

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I’ve started chatting to a French guy on the dating app Bumble.  I saw him, recognised him, swiped right and was quite surprised to see that we matched.  You see, we’ve come across each other before, a couple of years ago, again on the dating app Bumble. We did actually meet up.  One evening, over two years ago.  It was a bit of a confusing encounter.  We had a drink, or rather I had a drink, he doesn’t drink…  We…

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If you have a disability and want to be a parent, there are some things you should know. First, know that you’re not alone. There are an estimated 8 million American parents with some type of disability. There are many resources available to you, such as blog Q&As from other parents with disabilities who’ve been through the experience and share their insights. The federal government also lists helpful sites such as the ADA National Network, the National Council on Disability,…

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It is time to write my 2019 goals. The New Year is supposed to be a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate, a time of optimism and renewal. In January, we purge our lives of the toxins that have been dragging us down for the last few months; we take out a gym membership; we do dry January and according to an article I read today, we file for divorce. No, I am not being flippant.  7th of…

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Christmases were the same for me every year as a child.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, in fact I mean it in a very good way.  Our Christmas traditions involved: an annual pantomime; leaving a mince pie, some whiskey and a carrot out for Santa and his reindeer; stockings at the end of the bed; piles of presents for each of us scattered around the living room and then a further pile of presents known as ‘tree…

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I’ve just returned from a weekend in Paris.  After my New York trip in August, I found that I was in a sulk for about a month.  I had been looking forward to my New York trip so much and for so long and I really missed having an adventure to look forward to.  I was in a sulk and to get out of my sulk I decided to book a weekend in Paris.   I am very aware of…

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We are starting to get ready for Christmas.  I am taking Cygnet to see Father Christmas in our local department store tomorrow morning.  We will probably grab some lunch out, do a bit of Christmas shopping, although not too much because Cygnet, aged 4, has little patience for shops.    In the afternoon we plan to assemble our tree and decorate the flat.  I will then encourage him to write his letter to Santa before he goes to bed.  Having…

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It feels strange that on the international day for the elimination of violence against women I should be writing about Sally Challen, a woman who murdered her husband.  Sally took a hammer to her husband, Richard’s head and hit him more than 20 times.  She then stuffed a tea towel into his mouth (just in case he was still breathing) and wrapped him in some old curtains.  This is undeniably a case of a woman acting violently against a man.…

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