Freshly Cut Grass

Nothing smells sweeter or heightens the euphoric sense of a proper English summer than the soft, grassy scent of freshly cut, green grass.

It’s light delicate flora rides on the edge of the warm air – filling you with anticipation and satisfaction that, finally, summer has given herself completely over to us.

The droning sound of a lawnmower, the backdrop to a balmy June Sunday, the shouts of delight and joy from children heard in the distance as they frolic with the freedom of new born lambs in lush, flower-filled gardens.

Daisy chains, busy bees, sticky drops of melted ice cream, fat, juicy, red and wild strawberries, straw hats on ladies and the charged thrill and long-held disappointment of sports day.

Long gone are the short, cold, damp and dark days – banished from our minds and assumed, surely, never to return – as we bask in the gentle warmth of hat-off, skirt hitched, sunshine smiling down on us, laying back on our neatly cut lawns and to enjoy the sublime moment – we have arrived… The Daily Post: Seasonal Scents


Can men actually stack dishwashers?

I’m possibly biased as I write this knowing that many folks might not have a) men or b) dishwashers – or perhaps neither things in their kitchens – this is, probably, a good thing.

Men are, generally, useful in the car and in bed (not always) but near a dishwasher: I don’t think so.

How is it that man can pack the boot of a car with painstaking precision, shifting the entire contents of your household neatly into a space the size and depth of a child’s paddling pool in less time than it takes you to have a wee – yet cannot physically put a dirty coffee cup into a dishwasher, or, even better: a sink; don’t even think about it. 106

Have you noticed on your journey through life that small men, i.e: boys, have barely any capacity to hear what you are asking them – you have to state the same question myriad times, then triple-check they have computed the information.

What they do with it thus is anyone’s guess.

Ask a boy to get their shoes on at 8.25am on a school day and find them ten minutes later embroiled in logging football cards, shoes: nowhere in the vicinity.

Is this training for their future of non-filling dishwashers and sinks?

In his brilliant book, Raising Boys, Australian child psychologist, Steve Biddulph, notes that girls have better hearing than boys, and ,moreover, boys’ retinas are more sensitive to movement, but less sensitive to colour than girls.

I feel this explains a lot and is a point I try my darndest to remember every single time I tell my son to brush his teeth, pick up his underpants, turn off the tv, put his cereal bowl in…