July 26, 2014



Tips for the newly separated selling their homes

A divorced friend squeezed my hand the other night and told me next Friday will be tough. That’s when final settlement on the house occurs. It’s also when I transplant all our stuff to the new rental. But my friend wasn’t talking about the physical brutality of moving, she was referring to the emotional impact. […]

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July 25, 2014



HouseGoesHollywood: week of the butt flashers

No butts about it, celebs have been very keen to show off their rears on social media this week. >> Lea Michele spent the week cruising around the Italian coastline on a private yacht, sharing pictures of her pert butt on social media. She captioned this shot: “Boat ride around the Amalfi coast!” Curious. >> […]

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July 24, 2014


Invincible or loony?

black knight defeated

It would seem I’ve replaced house-buying stress with hormonal viciousness. Oh the vile slurs I’ve been┬ásilently hurling at Husband as I pack up the whole freaking house ON MY OWN while HE’S ON A SKIING HOLIDAY. Goddamn him and his middle-aged dash from responsibility. Good riddance! Since watching Monty Python And The Holy Grail with […]

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July 23, 2014


House narrowly avoids homelessness


Sometimes I wonder if I deliberately seek out high-stress situations. Take this week (and it’s only Wednesday morning) where I made offers on two houses and missed out on both. The first – a brand-new semi – had been dragging on for weeks as my solicitor argued with their conveyancer about the fact there was […]

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July 22, 2014


My wedding speech

wedding speech

So I found this last night in the attic. It’s mainly lots of thank yous, but here’s the bit about Husband: A lot of people say Stuart and I are made for each other, which is funny because we’re so different. He found our Spanish trek exhilarating, I found it harrowing. He’s a night owl, […]

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July 21, 2014


I am loved


I blubbed AGAIN yesterday, as I spent countless more hours clearing out the freaking attic. Just when I think I’ve broken the back of it, I discover another cache of shite. No, not shite. Beautiful things. More letters and cards and photos and postcards and messages. The tears weren’t about the mess – though that’s […]

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July 20, 2014


My week: 14 things I learned and mourned


Things I learned this week: Monopoly is a very, VERY long game; keeping your mouth shut prevents guilt trips; not booking a removalist until a week before you move is daft; not finding a place to live a week before you’re supposed to move is also daft; not keeping your mouth shut, not booking a […]

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July 19, 2014


I freaking love my hairdresser


Mark and I have been together more than 18 years now. He knows EVERYTHING about me, remembers every moment and crazy story I’ve shared. He used to cut Husband’s hair as well, but Husband stopped seeing him about the same time he stopped (really) seeing me. Our salon chit-chat followed the usual pitter-patter until Husband […]

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July 18, 2014


HouseGoesHollywood: swimsuit selfies from Elle, Jessica Simpson and Lindsay


What would a week in celebrity land be without a slew of bikini selfies from the stars? >> Elle Macpherson posed on a yacht on the Italian Riveria, in a grey, black and yellow bikini. She held a glass of Super Elixir – her wellness drink that’s sold out twice in the UK since launching […]

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July 17, 2014


The time I went to Flirting School


People have been cooking me dinner since Sunday night, it’s AWESOME. On Sunday, a friend cooked a roast with all the trimmings. On Monday, a bloke barbecued. On Tuesday, the kids and I went to a dodgy curry place after swimming lessons. On Wednesday, my sis cooked delicious steak with a yummy asparagus and feta […]

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