Friends & Family Archive

The Women in my Life

I am a woman’s woman. A girl’s girl. A fully signed up member of the sisterhood, sans travelling pants. If you are a woman, chances are I’ll have your back. If we are friends, I trust you have mine too.   There is no friendship more important to me than female friendship. Although, I ...Read More

5 things I thought I’d always remember… but don’t

My nephews came to us for a sleepover recently and for one whole night, I had an additional 5-year old and a 2-year old to look after. It was brilliant fun and they were no trouble at all, however I did get an insight into what it might be like to have 3 ...Read More

New Year’s Eve Without a Bang

We’ve never been big on New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Greek God(zilla) and I. I tried to do the whole ‘party of the year’ thing when I was (much) younger, but always felt something was missing.  Like control over my personal space, clear access to the bar, and an affordable taxi home.  As I made ...Read More

Like Father, like son

My husband and son have many things in common. They would both happily spend the entire day in their pyjamas if they could. Every rainy Saturday afternoon is as a DVD box set opportunity. They laugh at their own jokes. Neither one likes to be offered ‘suggestions’ while constructing Lego. They can both smell a square of chocolate from a ...Read More

Weekend Round-up

The Greek God(zilla) was home early on Friday afternoon, so he donned an apron and took over in the kitchen while I cleared the TV planner before the school run.  By ‘cleared’, I mean that I watched two episodes of Downton Abbey in order to make space for a new one.  There is ...Read More

Meet my Brother, Jack

This is me and my little brother, Jack. We were dining out at a fancy Soho restaurant called Bob Bob Ricard with our GLORIOUS friend, Steve. Our faces are a little bit flushed because there is a button on each table with a sign that says ‘Press for Champagne’, so we did. More than ...Read More

Lunching with Ladies

I have been feeling spectacularly down this week.  I think it is a mixture of a hangover from the summer, my son starting Year 1, the beginnings of a cold, and getting my period. Nothing major, and I feel guilty for even mentioning it here when there are people close to me having so much ...Read More

Weekends

When I was single, weekends were a time for drinking, dancing, takeaways and watching E4 under a blanket on the sofa.  Maybe I’d meet friends for lunch, go to the cinema, hang out in Selfridges for 6-hours, or just spend the day in bed eating crisps, because I could. When I first met ...Read More

A Lovely Age

Sometimes, I wish I could freeze time.  Stop everything moving, stop us all growing older and just live in a moment for a little while longer. This summer was one of those times. I’ve never really had a whole summer with my son before.   He was born at the end of August, ...Read More

The Role of the Koumbara

In a few weeks time, I will be one of the 3 Koumbaras at my sister-in-law’s wedding.  In Greece, being asked to be the Koumbara is held in similar high regard to being the Maid of Honour or Bridesmaid in an English wedding.  Traditionally, the Koumbara is often also the same person who will be Godmother to the couple’s ...Read More