Hairy Maclary – How can anyone not love that little scruffy dog?

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Now that I am back commuting, which is still so loathsome, I have welcomed back those 2 hours of my day to enjoy one of my pre-baby loves, reading.  Standing on a packed train with an elbow in my back, and an armpit in my face and a book (well, kindle) in my hand has become my new indulgence, if you can call it that. Reading has become once more so enjoyable, and I am grateful I have that time again.

I used to read a lot, and I love a book. However, I also have a kindle (courtesy of Mr Intrepid), that is great for commuting and travelling as it is so light and stores literally hundreds of books in it’s magical pages.

BV is loving books too. This makes me so happy. I was brought up as the only reader of a family of 7 (4 siblings). I could devour a book a day in my early teens and it is lovely to  think that junior may have a similar passion.  I married a book lover too so the odds are in our favour. We have been reading bedtime stories to BV since he was 5 months old, and now at 16 months it is obviously a favourite part of his day! He selects a few from his book shelf each night and we sit down to enjoy them whilst he has his bedtime milk.

With this in mind, I thought I may write a monthly review or two based on his current favourites.

First up, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

This is probably BV’s most favourite story. It was gifted to us by a friend of ours from NZ, just after he was born. I have read it so often for him, that it is now ingrained in my brain. I know all the words off by heart and it has become one of my favourites too. I mean, how can anybody not love that little scruffy dog?! BV loves dogs, and I am sure this book is responsible for that.  The illustrations are fab too.


“Out of the gate, and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy….” 

This is a fun, rhyming story about small dog, Hairy Maclary.  He goes for a walk, collecting on route, his canine friends, and of course the scary, Scarface Claw (the toughest Tom in town!). Written and beautifully illustrated by Lynley Dodd more than 30 years ago, it is still as popular as ever, and is widely available worldwide.

This lovely book is my go-to for birthday presents for BV’s friends. What better way to give a gift from him, then with a copy of his favourite book.  As a champion of local, and independent retailers, I have bought many a copy of this book from my local favourite bookshop The Regency Bookshop in Surbiton. Follow them on Twitter @RegencyBookshop

BV Thumbs up rating: 10/10

This one is most definitely worth a read!




Part Time Job – Full Time Mum

I love spending all of my days with BV, but with Mr Intrepid working most weekends, and evenings (he runs a pub), it’s an isolated life.  I have lots of lovely ‘mum’ friends that I can socialise with, however for these mums, weekends, and holidays are strictly family time. And for me, well, being a stay at home mum is mostly, pretty lonely.

3 weeks ago, I made the (mahoosive) decision to go back to work.  I didn’t make it lightly. I hoped to stay at home a bit longer, but mentally I needed to get back in the saddle, so to speak.  Although for 3 days at week at work I won’t make any money whatsoever (fingers crossed I break even), I hope this is a smart decision to keep myself in a career (and in a sane mind) and my family warm and fed. 

BV spends 2 days with his childminder (whom he adores) and 1 boys day with daddy. Lucky boy. As usual, he has settled in to this new situation better than me. I was nervous about this big step at first, and I miss BV so much, but it is getting easier.  I maybe in a job part time, but I am still a full time mum.  Work is the easy bit, to be honest.  The commute is tough (an hour each way – sometimes longer) and I am so desperate to get home to BV that I have become that person.  The crazed wild-eyed commuter, you only see in London. Elbows out, hard faced, and moving so fast you don’t know why they just don’t run all the way home instead?  I never thought that person would be me.  I climb the walls for that last hour in the office, then i’m flying out of the door.  The trains literally aren’t going to go any faster just because I’ve sprinted to get on one, but if I move as quickly as I can, I get to see my boy before he goes to bed…



Well, January is over and I am already flagging.  I have never been one for New Year resolutions. I find that even with the best intentions, that they get dropped at the first hurdle.  Statistically, 1 in 3 give up their resolutions by the end of January.  Sometimes, life just gets in the way.

However, this doesn’t stop me from making them. This year, I’ve tried to keep them simple.

  1. Blog
  2. Lead by Example

This year, for the first time ever, Mr Intrepid has opted to make a resolution.  It’s a tough one. A proper resolution.

  1. Give up smoking

This is a biggie for him. He has smoked all of his adult life. Neither of us wish for BV to grow up knowing that Papa Bear is a dirty smoker, nor do we wish for him to have to see it.  Now that we are a family, we need to lead by example.  So far in 2016, he’s managed to get a tattoo of a Sherlock Holmes-esque Badger smoking a pipe (doh), and completed just 2 fag-free days (#fail).

Now that February is here, we take a deep breath and give it another go (I hope).  Watch this space! No one likes a quitter!