Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

27th March 2011

David took the kids along to the Donington Motorbike race circuit as he had an exhibition stand there for his artwork. Really it's just an excuse to admire motorbikes and eat burgers - though we did pack a picnic and plenty of fruit. It's at times like this that you have to admire whoever invented instant tea. David and Matt much prefer tea and Jonti likes coffee, whereas Em mostly drinks hot water (what a good girl!). How on earth do you make a flask for all that? Now the problem is solved: A huge flask of hot water, Cappuchino sachets or instant coffee mixed with coffee mate and instant tea - sorted!

11th March 2011

Em and I needed a bit of a fabric fix so we trekked off to Abakahn's ( We only ever look in the bargain section and we found this amazing fabric. Our intention was to make some pyjama trousers. The BIG mistake that I made was using a pattern I'd not tried before (I'd thrown out the paper pattern that I'd drawn out by hand in a mad tidying fit!) and we tried twice before I realised that the pattern was for age 8, not size 8. It's a good job that the fabric was only 99p a metre! Instead Em used it to patch inside some ripped jeans and embroidered around the edges and over the top. It looks really good - it's just not pyjama trousers. We went back and bought some more to try again another time - when I can sort out a decent template!