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This week...I've started planning our school group's 20 year reunion

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

My participation was semi-inevitable, really, because I planned the ten year one, but this is already proving to be a way more serious undertaking.

This week...a Facebook post reveals tragic news from a schoolfriend

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

She announced, with great composure and dignity, that her husband of three years had died suddenly the previous evening.

This week...the quick thinking of our daughter's godfather averts a possible crisis

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

ONE of the first things that we did when we moved into our present home was fill in the pond in the back garden.

This week...the husband participates in planting the poppies at the Tower of London

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

He and some colleagues spent the day assembling the flowers and inserting them in the dry moat as part of artist Paul Cummins’ World War One commemorative work, Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red.

This week...we have three crises of varying degrees to cope with

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

We endure a tyre blowout, plumbing problem and emergency hospital admission for my dad, all in a single week.

This week...is it wrong to abandon a book?

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

I have decided that, from now on, I will force myself to give up on those which I am just not getting on with at all.

This week...I have finally weaned the husband away from his sat nav

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

There have been many holidays ruined by his adherence to its ridiculous directions and by his slavish need to do what it says, even if said instruction flies in the face of common sense.

This week...'letting go' as our four year-old prepares to start school

Basingstoke Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

SCHOOL may almost be out for summer, but we’re already planning, planning, planning for September.

This week...during a trip home, I witness the impact, over a year on, of the NI plastic bag tax

Basingstoke Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

The plastic bag tax was introduced in Northern Ireland in April 2013, and charged shoppers at least 5p per single use carrier bag.

This week...the unexpected complications of trying to have a family

Basingstoke Gazette:

10:51am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Once upon a time, you might have imagined that you’d grow up, get married and have a baby – or as many as you fancied.

This week...Emily Roberts considers the issue of changing your surname when you get married

11:37am Wednesday 25th June 2014

I GOT married in March, and having lived with my partner for four years, I wasn’t expecting very much to change.

This week...the husband's getting rather excited about the World Cup

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

8:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

The World Cup commences next week – June 12 – and my husband has been frothing at the bit for some weeks now.

This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

I was determined to sort out the matter when I read After You, the excellent book on grief by the actress Natasha McElhone, whose surgeon husband died suddenly aged 43.

This week...carpe diem-ing and following Kipling's advice

Basingstoke Gazette: This week...we're thinking of the future and finally making a will

7:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

We owe it to ourselves to make full use of our lives, to get out there and get involved, to never turn down opportunities which might prove fruitful and which might enhance our lives no end.

This week...I tackle over two years' worth of digital photographs on our phones, cameras and in the computer

10:02am Wednesday 14th May 2014

It seems a real shame that, despite always taking pictures - because it’s so easy now - when we’re out and about, we rarely ever get around to processing them. And really, what’s the point in that?

This week...our daughter is accepted by the school we wanted

1:17pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

THE school emails arrived, and in the end it was all OK.

This week... HELEN MORTON reveals how frustrating it is to be constantly asked 'When are you getting married?'

1:12pm Monday 28th April 2014

My boyfriend and I have just celebrated our seventh anniversary. But instead of congratulating us on a long and largely happy relationship, there’s only one thing our family and friends have had to say – “When are you getting married?”

This week...male domestic negligence!

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

GIVEN that my last column was an expression of gratitude to those who supported me during my recent hospital visit, I found it no coincidence that my mind was occupied with making an effort on behalf of a loved one during the rest of the week.

This week...I am grateful for the support of my family and friends

7:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

IN these days when even the worst person in the world could probably rustle up a few hundred Facebook ‘friends’, it’s nice to be reminded what the word really means.

This week...we have signed up to an on-demand streaming service

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I ALREADY fret about how much television I watch, so it makes little sense that the husband and I have signed up to add a whole lot more of it to our lives.

This week... our daughter's lost her special comfort toy

7:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

SOMEONE very important has gone missing in our house.

This week... health's on the agenda again

1:32pm Monday 17th March 2014

JUST as I’d been wallowing in a personal pity party re my back this week, along came, as usual, another few pieces of news to knock it all swiftly into context.

This week...there's no harm in dreaming of a lottery win

7:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

THE release of the news that someone in the area could be the winner of a £1million EuroMillions National Lottery ticket has no doubt encouraged quite a number of us to have an escapist daydream.

This week...what's romance, anyway?

12:50pm Monday 24th February 2014

I NEGLECTED to write about Valentine’s Day earlier in the month because I was too bogged down by myriad birthday preparations and our daughter's chicken pox.

This week...we're overdosed with February birthdays

3:20pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

DESPITE the fact that the most popular birthday months statistically are August and September, our family finds itself overdosed with them in February.

This week...applying for a passport (and avoiding certain sites)

3:11pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

A DECADE has flown by and yes, it’s time to renew my passport. But oh how things have changed since I last completed the forms and sent them away.

This week...I'm trying to shake the January blues

9:55am Tuesday 28th January 2014

HANG in there folks – February is coming.

This week...the husband has begun his preparations for the London Marathon

7:00am Thursday 16th January 2014

It’s been a long-held dream of his, and he always yearned to repay the good fortune which saw the sight in one of his eyes saved, after a few years on the transplant waiting list, by a donor cornea when he was 11 years-old.

This week... my mum's pink hair is attracting attention

7:00am Thursday 9th January 2014

WHILST on holiday with my parents over Christmas, my mum and I headed off for our usual haircut together.

This week...we're on the traditional countdown to Christmas Day

7:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

It’s all part of getting older, but it is increasingly hard to fathom how fast time is ticking by.

This week...we're still not at the stage where our daughter has made a Christmas list

7:00am Thursday 19th December 2013

AS far as Christmas is concerned, this year we are going to get away with it.

This week... I get a lovely surprise from some very valuable contacts

9:53am Thursday 5th December 2013

Chris Evans had encouraged his listeners that it was their duty to always be decent, something I heard as I dragged myself out of bed and into work.

This week... our primary education panic is already starting

6:00am Thursday 14th November 2013

AS A parent, you’re constantly experiencing ‘aha’ moments during which you suddenly realise what other people with children were worried (obsessed) about when you happened to catch snippets of their most fraught conversations.

This week... my all-year round plan re purchasing Christmas gifts

2:42pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

THE spare room of our house gets badly treated all year round, becoming a dumping ground for anything and everything.

This week...I am scared to mow the lawn

6:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

DESPITE the fact that it now needs a trim, possibly one of its last of the year, I am absolutely petrified to cut our back lawn.

This week...my own ode to autumn

6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

AS result of growing up in a place where the rain lashed down year round and wind from exposed oceans raged down into our little inlet, I feel rather at home with the cold and the wet, especially in combination.

This week...marital spats in the car

6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013

I LAUGHED heartily at the recent results of one of those ubiquitous surveys, one which announced that drivers are most distracted by the presence of their other half.

This week...it's all about the cat

10:09am Saturday 21st September 2013

THERE is one dramatic member of our family who I think I have previously missed mentioning in this column.

This week... spiders seem to be everywhere

12:00am Monday 9th September 2013

I NEVER saw a really big spider until I moved to Hampshire.

This week...I have started to record the details of my parents' lives to hopefully preserve them for the future

2:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013

IN a few weeks, I will see my parents again – and I will be getting my trusty yellow notebook out.

This week...I have what Anne of Green Gables would have described as a "Jonah day"

10:36am Monday 19th August 2013

Everything manages to go wrong in a pretty rotten few hours.

This week...we must crack down on those who use the 'net to torture others

12:00am Monday 12th August 2013

ANOTHER recent news story reports that a young girl has reportedly committed suicide after harassment by online ‘trolls’.

This week...potty training

12:00am Monday 5th August 2013

A PARENT’S life can, if you’re not careful, come to be dominated by the multitude of milestones which mark a child’s development.

This week... my daughter comes up with a novel way to attract her mother's attention

11:17am Monday 29th July 2013

AS A parent, you get quite used to suffering indignities, quite frequently in public.

This week...Basingstoke Live. Could we reduce the cost by reducing the security?

1:38pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013

BASINGSTOKE Live has proved itself, once again, to be the highlight of the local music calendar.

This week...it's not great news on the health front

3:37pm Thursday 18th July 2013

I DO apologise for boring you all about my own health, but it’s all that has been on my mind this week.

This week...to scold or not to scold (other people's children)

10:09am Thursday 4th July 2013

HOLA amigos!

This week... my claustrophobia means I am dreading a forthcoming MRI scan

12:00am Monday 10th June 2013

I’VE just received a letter informing me that I have to have another MRI scan - and I am terrified.

This week... how is a girl supposed to dress for this weather?!

6:00am Monday 3rd June 2013

IT’S nigh on impossible to know what to wear to work these days, all thanks to the unpredictable phenomenon that is the glorious British weather.

This week... I am glad my parents drummed a work ethic into me

12:00am Monday 20th May 2013

TURNING 16 meant one thing in our house – getting a job.






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