Confessions of a houseplant virgin

Yesterday I bought my FIRST EVER houseplants. Here they are: three string of hearts and an ivy, having a drink in the kitchen before finding homes in amongst the clutter of our house. My husband’s first words (which I had already second-guessed) were: “Let’s see how long they take to die.” And it’s a fair…

Who’s your fictional doppelganger?

It turns out that Clarice Bean’s mum and I were separated at birth. Spiritually, at least. If you don't know who Clarice Bean is, she's the hero of a series of picture books by Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame). We’re not exactly indistinguishable in the looks department, Clarice Bean's mum and me. But…