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I’m going to try to write this very carefully. I am absolutely sure that I will offend somebody with what I’m saying, so please understand that is not my aim, in fact I’m trying to be honest whilst doing my best not to say anything out of turn.

There is clearly a huge humanitarian crisis which happening on our doorstep, and we are being called to action to do something. My memories of huge crisis like this go back to being a child and watching news footage of 2 million refugees from Rwanda fleeing genocide by the Tutsi Patriotic Front. Although at age 9 I understood what I was told about the footage, I was too young to really comprehend what it meant for actual real people and families who were leaving their homes under dire circumstances and walking hundreds of miles to try to find somewhere safe to settle. With no food or water, few belonging and children and the elderly all being put through such awful trauma and both physical and mental stress. There are a number of humanitarian issues at the moment- the War in Syria which has also spilled over into Iraq, with 3.9 million Syrians having to leave the country and a further 11.4 million displaced (http://www.worldvision.org/news-stories-videos/top-humanitarian-crises-2015), with Ebola is West Africa, and droughts in Somalia and Central America to name a few.

The shock tactic images hitting my social media screens have been very hard to swallow. To be sitting here typing this from a very priviledged viewpoint, I can of course feel irony of my complaint. I’ve been feeling quite down and sensitive recently and have felt very affected by the images of drowned children, especially those around the same age as my son. It’s very emotional to be engaged in the stark and striking images that are being shared around facebook and twitter, and in my current position have actually put me off looking further into the issue to see what I can do to help. Although once you’ve seen a photo of a child drowned, facedown in the sane, it cannot be unseed. In fact, I’m so worried about what images are going to be shared that I’ve ended up ignoring the issue all together which is of course the wrong reaction. I’ve been reading up a bit about the use of shock tactics- most articles cite the way that charities use shock tactics to raise awareness of an issue or persuade individuals that theirs is the most “worthy” cause. Though there’s little conclusion about the effectiveness, I worry about what happens next time. Will a photo of a dead child be enough? Will we be subjected to graphic videos of incidents taking place? Whilst of course we are so fortunate not to be in that position ourselves, one can have empathy and one can help and care without having to see everything in graphic detail. However, there’s no doubt that in the case of the Syrian refugee crisis that after an initial slow and aprehensive start, people are jumping to act across the world. The biggest wonderful thing that I’ve seen is the number of sling mummies who have set up and donated to a “Slings for Kos” group- who are raising funds and collecting slings for refugee parents in Kos.

I won’t claim to know as much about this as I could- my head is firmly wedged in the sand over this one because I’ve found it so upsetting, however I did find this Guardian Article: 5 Practical Ways You Can Help Refugees Trying to Find Safety in Europe wonderfully succinct and helpful. I have spent the afternoon going through and signing the appropriate petitions to ensure that the county I live in does as much as it can to help these refugees (not immigrants as the papers like to call them), and am now off to raid my ISA to make a sizeable donation to one of the charities listed (not sure which one yet)- a donation the size of which I have never been compelled to make before.

For anyone similarly uninformed, I founds this wonderful Upworthy comic strip very informative.


Review: Bebe Sachi “hobo” bag

Review: Bebe Sachi  “hobo” bag

I’ve been looking for a comfy babywearing bag for a while.

Rucksacks kindof work but not really all the time. I do have a cross body style bag  but it’s a bit small for everyday wearing (need to fit a lot in) and it can only be worn on one way and can get a bit  uncomfortable after a while.

It’s been bugging me for a while now so I’m really happy to be able to say that I think I’ve found something.

And it’s been lusted over at sling meet, and I know of at least two more people who have already purchased the bag having seen mine in person!

Normal kit I need to take around with me from spring to Autumn (winter is a whole other story of layers) for him:

  • spare nappy (sometimes cloth which are bulky), wipes and bags
  • snack and water
  • sling (if he’s not in it or I’m not wearing it as a scarf)
  • maybe a toy or two
  • jumper/sunhat/suncream

On top of that I’ll have my classic wallet/phone/keys and if we’re out for longer maybe a few other bits too.

A lot of proper “babywearing” bags are beautiful but a)expensive as they’re usually made from woven wrap fabric and b)pretty small which is no good for the above. So I’ve been searching and this one really fell into my lap.

One of my old slings (mei tai) was made by a brand called Bebe Sachi. They are owned by a Malaysian Social Enterprise whose aims are :

…. to provide an alternative to the forced mass migration of artisan weavers into the cities looking for employment. Buying from us helps us to provide what we are hoping to be sustainable employment for our weavers thus preserving their ancient tradition of hand weaving.


A very worthy company who make beautiful hand-loomed wraps.

Bebe Sachi are currently selling this “Hobo Bag” on their Etsy store for just £18.58 (plus shipping). It’s not made from woven fabric- just simple cotton but it really is great. Not only is it huge at 18.5 inches wide and 14.5inches high but it has a tie up strap which ties in a number of ways to make it very versatile.

It has a small loop near the bottom on the outside which you can thread the strap through and tie off as you like to make it into a backpack. You can also tie to adjust the height to make it comfortable if you’re wearing it across your body. Not much to say other than it fits everything in, is really versatile and looks great. I will admit that I’m thinking of dying it, but only because cream & me & a toddler is not a great mix!

£3 of each purchase is going towards the Nepal Earthquake Appeal!



This was my first full week back at work and boy has it been hard. Apart from work and sleep I’m not sure I’ve achieved anything. Actually, having said that we’ve just about chosen a new kitchen and I spent 3 1/2 hours shaking a tin outside tescos for Marie Curie this morning… So not a total loss!

I can feel my belly starting to expand (pizza or baby?)  And am starting to feel more confident with 12wks looming now.

It’s amazing how many annoying little side effects come with pregnancy, most too base and indecent to mention on here and all (so far) utterly unpleasant!

Luckily I’m not naive enough to pin all my hopes on the second trimester including things like blooming or looking radiant, having glossy hair and beautiful skin…. having bundles of energy and all that. If it happens, Bring It On… But I’d give all that to not feel sick. To be able to have enough energy to attend aquanatal and pregnancy yoga on top of a full week of work and to maybe not crawl into bed at every given opportunity!

I’m also desperate to find the creativity and energy to start a proper pregnancy photography project (PPPP we can call it!). I love photography and do a lot of self portrait work (when I go public with The News I will no doubt display some here!) but have struggled to research and experiment with bump (or bump to be) pictures with my lack of energy and focus.


Have a picture of some bits of kitchens……

I’ve made a puny start, but plan to try much harder as the weeks go on and I grow ever rounder!