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Why I’m Not Writing a “Mommy” Blog…

Although I’ve been meaning to revive my blog for many MANY months, I’ve got to admit that being pregnant and wanting to record my experiences is the main reason behind my new-found motivation to write. For a while I toyed with the idea of starting again. New life, new blog, new domain name. After all, wouldn’t it make more sense to write about this part of my life (our lives) on a blog created solely for pregnancy and parenting?

Well, yes, probably…but after much deliberation, that’s not the tack I’ve chosen to take.

You see, the thing is that this is my blog. When I started it it was supposed to be a place where I could talk about my life and my adventures. Along the way, Luke became part of my life, and although the name of the blog didn’t change, he became part of it too.

Like my husband, my pregnancy and my baby aren’t separate to my life as the girl with the camper van…they are part of it. When I got pregnant I didn’t stop being me, and I didn’t lose the will to do the things I’ve planned to do. I’m not abandoning my life and the vision I had for it, I’m simply enriching it with a new member of my family.

So that is why I won’t be writing a Mommy blog. It’s not that I have anything against the women who do (or, indeed, the men who write Daddy blogs), I just don’t see my pregnancy or my choices in parenting as being in their own little bubble, standing out from my life. My life is ALL the things I do, either alone, with my husband, or with our baby, and I want this blog to reflect my life as a whole, not just one facet of it.

I don’t want to give up this blog now that I’m expecting, just like I don’t want to give up on getting Old Red back on the road…and I can’t wait to start blogging about our adventures with him as a family. This is the happiest and most excited I have been in a very long time 🙂

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy, Random


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Upcoming Posts…

It seems I’ve got a LOT of catching up to do…

Not only have I got plans to tell you all about my marriage, my pregnancy and our adventures in general, but I’ve also discovered a HUGE number of draft posts that are in various stages of editing. Okay, so a lot of them aren’t worth salvaging (they’re far too out of date) but some of them will still be relevant, given a bit of love and attention.

So, over the course of the next few weeks (I hope) you can expect to see a mixture of old, very old, new, and plans for the future.

I know I’ve said things like this before, but I’ve totally turned over a new leaf. I have ALL the best intentions. Better than that, I also have all the motivation. I’ve also got a new writing studio now too!

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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Random


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Back in the Van…

It’s a beautiful day. The birds are singing, the wind is blowing a gentle breeze and the sun is shining. Spring is springing all around.

Oh, and Old Red’s windows are condensating!

The last two winters I have completely neglected to air the old boy out and it’s resulted in de-moulding the cushions, not just once but twice. Today I got home from shopping with the co-pilot, noticed that the van was looking a bit warm and sweaty, and so decided to let him have a bit of a breathe, and get something done at the same time…

So here I am… sat on Red’s sofa bed, table up and laptop out, enjoying the sun in my van. And getting some blog posts written while I’m at it.

please excuse the dusty laptop...

please excuse the dusty laptop…

I know I might not be able to get him out on the road at the moment, what with the lack of tax (and battery for that matter…more on that next time) and the whole not trusting my welded gearstick issue, but at least I can use him as a writing room my days off. It benefits us both as I get to sit at a proper table on a comfy seat, the old boy gets to feel the wind through his cabin, and the view isn’t too bad either…

looking out the side door...

looking out the side door…

I’ve even had a furry visitor pop by to say hello…although he’s not allowed to sit by me because he’s a little fleabag.

Harvey. International cat of mystery.

Harvey. International cat of mystery.

Yes, I could get quite used to this. It’s even inspired a new possible blog name…

…one girl who writes in a campervan…

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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Life, Plans, Random


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I think it’s become pretty obvious to anyone who may venture onto this site that I’m doing a god-awful job of keeping this blog up to date. I’d like to say that I’ve been far too busy and important to sit down and write…but, no. I’m just terribly terribly lazy.

To be brutally honest with you (and myself) I think the task of blogging my France trip daunted me to the point of meltdown. It’s the way I was going about it. I was trying to write it ALL. At once.

One might argue that it would have been prudent for me to write anything (whether that be about France or about the way chocolate goes REALLY well with pink marshmallows) but, in my usual fashion, I decided that writing nothing would be better than writing anything.

I carried on writing nothing for several more weeks, and I could carry on in the same vein for several weeks more, but now I think I’ve reached the point where it’s time to fish or cut bait. So…here I am, attempting to fish. Metaphorically, you understand.

Apart from a brief foray to Stratford-upon-Avon, I’ve not been out in Old Red since France (I’m rather worried about his oil problems, but also rather short of the money, time and motivation that it will take to sort this problem out) so I’ve decided that as well as getting up the details of my France trip and the perils of driving on the continent blogged, I’ll also be using this space for general reviews and stuff. I’m a regular tea-room/restaurant/theatre goer and I work in tourist-central (the beautiful Stratford-upon-A) so it’s not going to be hard to find stuff to write about…it just won’t be as close to my original hopes for this blog than I’d have liked.

And for now, here’s a picture of Red before we put him to bed for the first time on the Ferry. I’d left his interior light on, of course…but that’s a story for another day 🙂

Red on the Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen! He’s on a BOAT! With his bloody light on…

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