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A birthday, being grateful..

A month ago today, the kids and I left this man in hospital. We were reeling from shock after having him admitted with what was initially suspected to be a heart attack, then a diagnosis of a virus in his heart. The last four weeks have been hard. I think they have been some of […]


I wasn’t going to vote today…

I wasn’t going to vote. I didn’t actually want to. It feels entirely stupid and futile, with a government that understands nothing of the needs of ordinary people, but hell bound and determined to drag our country down. I worry for my kids future. I often don’t want to be here any more. I don’t […]


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Blog author, Karen Reekie

Welcome to the Mad House. I originally started this blog, in a blur of sleep deprivation, to get my thoughts and feelings down somewhere, on parenting, second time round, with a baby that had major sleep issues (and not just normal ones) but it has grown and grown. We are now well into our fifth year at the Mad House and you will find blog posts on anything from gardening, to politics, with lots of ramblings on parenting, and also about living with food intolerances. I blog about cows milk and gluten free cooking too.

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