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Saturday is Sat Cap Day

Meet Ted, the rather gorgeous puppy who belongs to Big Girl’s best friend from school. He decided I was a new friend, this week! I am not a dog person, really, but I could be persuaded to try and pop him in my bag and sneak him home. What can you caption for this photo…? […]


Wordless Wednesday

This is what we call friendly, in our house, Layla is not overly fond of Jasper, but after a year and a half, they have learned to tolerate each other. Shortly after this scene of convivial kitty napping in the sunshine was captured, Small Boy got in there with the hose, and two disgruntled and […]


Well, that’s torn it then….?

Sorry, I realise that the title of this post is probably a little humourless, give that I am blogging about a foot injury. Last week, I rather stupidly, tripped down the last two stairs, on our staircase, at home. I went right over on my ankle, on my right foot, felt it “pop” and then […]


So, LSH is a little neglected…

Today, I am sharing about our marriage, and some issues that I think all marriages face, especially when there are young children in the mix. I think it is normal for husbands and Dad’s to feel a bit neglected. I have shared our experience and some thoughts over at Wriggly Rascals, where you can find […]


Evelyn’s chocolate orange cake

This is a recipe from a friend of mine, so I cannot claim credit for it. It’s easy and the ingredients are simple, but it’s a delicious cake that will go down well with everyone, who doesn’t love a chocolate cake with hint of orange… You will need: 250 g margarine/butter  250 g sugar 250 […]


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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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