S is for Sweet Onions and Shallots

There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot. She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott….

S is for Showing

Quick note to self. Stop calling that thing when people come and look at your house which is up for sale a “viewing”. That, I have learned, is a British thing. Instead, call it a “showing”. Because if you persist in calling it a “viewing”, all your American friends will be able to think of…

S is for Suspenders

Only in America would you get a text like this one from a neighbour: To be fair – it is Halloween. But this is not the kind of neighbourhood where people borrow each other’s intimate underwear (thankfully). No one wanted one of these: What they wanted were braces. By which I do not mean these:…

S is for Spring

A brief one… Anyone wondering why the Google logo looked like this yesterday? It was because Spring began yesterday at, wait for it, exactly 12.57 pm. I know this because a) they said so on the radio in the morning and b) because Child 2 came home and shared this fact as his news at…

S is for the Shamrock Shake

Child 2 didn’t have the happiest of weeks last week and so on Thursday when he put in a special request to be allowed to try a Shamrock Shake, I was weak. Yes, I succumbed and took Child 2 & 3 to that most famous emporium of fast food, McDonalds. Here is Child 3’s snap…

S is for Strep

Strep or strep throat is short for streptococcus pharengytis. It’s a bacterial infection (currently setting up home in Child 2’s throat) and his symptoms include a sore throat, a temperature over 102, some vomiting and a lot of limp wimpy behavior. Thankfully Child 2 is quite a cute patient. When he asked me yesterday if…

S is for Snogging

Over a cocktail or seven this weekend I happened to use the word snogging causing general uproar and confusion amongst my lovely American lady friends. ┬áBut what a mighty fine word it is! For those who do not know the term, it means kissing. Or to be more precise French kissing, which, just in case…

S is for Stroller

The trouble with children is that you are always having to get them from A to B in one piece. And as they grow, and as you have more and more of them (in our case, we had three on our hands before number 1 had even turned 4), your need for equipment grows too….

S is for Succotash

If, like me, you grew up in Britain, your only knowledge of ‘succotash’ probably came from the source shown in this very short youtube video: Sylvester uses the phrase ‘sufferin succotash’ as minced oath. This term is new to me (yay!) but basically means an oath/swear word that’s been mangled so we all get the…

S is for Schedule (verb)

So today I finally called the orthodontist to schedule an appointment for Child 3 and the phone call was a continual act of simultaneous translation on my part. First up, I said I was calling to sKedule the appointment. At home I would have said SHedule… well, really I’d probably have said “book”. Then I…