consequences no one should have to suffer

On my lunch break I popped into WH Smith to grab an ink cartridge and walked past the ‘just released’ books on the shelf and saw a book with a picture of a beautiful happy little girl, April Jones. Her picture brings back memories of the posters put up around Wales in the hours after her disappearance but before her murderer was found. Long after the paedophile was arrested, the posters remained as a glimmer of hope against the tragic reality that she was dead. 

The book just published, tells the story of her parent’s emotional journey from discovering she was missing to the trial of her murderer. 

They have since campaigned to change the law and ban online child pornography (I can’t believe it isn’t banned already), to try and prevent such a tragedy happening to another family. They have even stated that paedophiles deserve a second chance IF they get help before they harm or abuse a child. If they don’t, it is too late and they are no longer safe in society. They have also called for sex offenders to be named so that people know if they are living nearby and to be vigilant. 

A tragedy such as April’s is one tragedy too many and I do believe Much more needs to be done to protect families. 

It is sad that we live in a society where we have to be vigilant just in case the worst happens. 

As a child I used to play outside but I have never let my children play out by the front of our house, near a public highway unsupervised – the risk, although statistically small, is still present and the consequences unimaginable.

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Tulips and Gerberas

I have just finished an excellent book on my kindle called The Language of Flowers , I will never look at a yellow rose or a basil leaf or a sunflower or a clematis in the same way again.

The book uses flowers to describe the emotional journey the lead character goes through as she battles her nemesis – attachment disorder. The horticultural vocabulary is based on the translations of the victorian era, some of the descriptions are very victoriana in their composition.

I was relieved to see at the end of the book there was a flower dictionary and I hastily looked up my Dad and Stepmum’s main flower for their forthcoming wedding and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the words next to Tulip read ‘declaration of love’. Phew!

I then looked up the main flower at our wedding 10 years ago, the gerbera, which simply said ‘cheerfulness’. I need a truck load of gerberas at the moment in our relationship because it is anything but…..

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Today I am going to talk about a

Today I am going to talk about a book that I am currently enjoying about a family who re-locate to New Zealand. 

My Mum uploaded it to my kindle via Amazon’s whispernet. I am surprised she recommended it as she worries that someday myself and my husband will grab the grandchildren and take off to some far flung corner of the world. We did play with the idea of New Zealand a few years back but it was too much of a risk with little guarantee that things would turn out OK. 

But in After the Fall the reader discovers a New Zealand through the eyes of the main character in a way that can’t be sought through websites, books and other research. I am enjoying it so much as I can imagine what it may have been like if we had taken the path to NZ emigration like the family in the book. What makes New Zealand particularly interesting in this book is a description of the Maori origins of the country and the folklore similar to that of the red indians in America. I am particularly taken with the maori explanations for local geographical characteristics linked to tragic stories of love and loss similar to that of Greek legends. For example, a woman who was bewitched by a male fairy and cursed to the point where she decided to drown herself in the sea and the land that juts out into the sea resembles the woman who was bewitched.

Books provide an alternative universe to dip your toe into and fill your head with someone else trials and trepidations in a welcome temporary distraction to reality. Thus giving your soul some respite. So before you go to bed tonight pick up a book and read a couple of pages. It is an excellent way to wind down and makes going to bed something to look forward to (over and above the other thing of course!)

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