About me

I am a working mum with three lovely loud children, my twins are five years old going on fifteen and my beautiful baby just turned one this year,  despite being born and bred in the north I have chosen to raise my family in the south meaning my children are incapable of pronouncing bath and grass correctly.

Before I started blogging I found myself striving for the work/life balance.   I have been blogging since August 2010 and now find myself striving for the perfect work/blog/life balance….

This blog is my memory, my release and my hold onto sanity as I document, diarise and ‘humorise’ my life with small people, he who helped create them and our rabid hound.

This blog is pretty much all my own thoughts, sometimes if he is behaving I let he who helped create them pop on and write a few lines.  Sometimes we review products, sometimes this blog houses sponsored posts, sometimes it is just drivel and hopefully some of the time you will leave it laughing!


34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Geek mummy
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 10:48:45

    How nice to meet you! You’re the opposite of me, as I was born and bred in the South, but gradually moved North, first to University and then to set up home with my husband. My children are learning both ways to pronounce “bath” and “grass”, but I suspect the Northern way will win out!

    My little boy was born in May of this year too 🙂


  2. Tilly
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 16:05:43

    Hi there, me too – northern mum, southern kids, pronouncing everything wrong and not understanding a word of lancashire dialect!


  3. Hannah
    Sep 22, 2010 @ 07:21:05

    Hiya, me too – I moved to Portsmouth 7 years ago, originally from Stoke, so you can imagine what they say when I say “book” instead of “buck”! 🙂


  4. mummyrella
    Sep 23, 2010 @ 21:18:43

    help my blog has been hijacked – loved it, made me smile thanks
    Mummyrella x


  5. Emma
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 20:16:15

    My mum is a northerner and chose to bring my sister, brother and I up here in the South (sunny Bournemouth!) and always tells us off for pronouncing bath and grass “incorrectly”. Your bio did make me chuckle!


  6. geekymummy
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 16:18:55

    Hello! Popped over from itsamummy’slife’s tweet. I’m a Brit southerner (Bucks) raising kids in the USA and you should hear them pronounce Baaath and Graaass and daaaance, arggh!!


  7. Jeni Wren
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 21:55:58

    I’m a Southerner living in the North! My son (born in London) now almost 6 corrects himself when saying bath and grass depending on whether he’s talking to his Dad or me (his Dad is from Manchester where we now live)! We moved here when he was 2 so he’s learned to speak up here, so I will never win the battle to make him speak like me… sigh! 🙂


  8. Bev
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 20:27:05

    Hurrrah! I am glad its not just me! I am from Liverpool and have lived down south for 15 years. Both my 6 and 2 year olds have very mixed vowels…..Having scouse parents they are always be able to mimic a good northern accent. My 6 year old continues to educate his class mates by correcting their vowels and explains that his parents are from another country….very amusing!

    Great to meet you x


  9. Mum In Meltdown
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 16:47:14

    hi I have different accent problems, I’m from northern Ireland living with hubby and kids in Kent. In my house they all pick on me for saying words wrong!!


  10. steph curtis
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 08:42:59

    Oh I’m so with you on this. A good Lancashire lass now living in Hertfordshire (v posh doncha know) and my girls are also saying words WRONG. What is gr-ahhh-ss?! and a barrrth?! Drives me mad. I’ve tried to drum the right way into them but no luck. Am so sad 😦


  11. Mummy and the Beastie
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 20:58:41

    Hi, only just come across your blog on BMB. I was born in Lancashire but moved to Dorset when I was 4, I have not lost my pronunciation of words such as bath and grass and regularly got ribbed about it at school. I live in Buckinghamshire now and still people take the mick out of the way I say bath, grrrr. There is no ‘r’ in it!! My little boy was born in Bucks though so will be southern sounding!!


  12. CaroleHolland
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 19:52:05

    My parents are from Leeds, big brother & sister born there and then I was born in Hannover (auf Deutschland!!) – we all talk proper despite doing most of our growing up in Shropshire!

    Hoping Tori & Arthur catch their accent off me and not off Daddy (A shropshire/brummy/welsh hybrid – he has some funny pronunciations…)


  13. Lisa
    May 28, 2011 @ 17:41:11

    Thanks for commenting on my blog 🙂 Nice to “meet” you – I’m the opposite, southerner born, bred and accented; northern living. My children translate for me; they say castle I mean carstle mummy.


  14. barb19
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 22:36:40

    I came across a comment from you on one of my blogging buddy’s posts, and felt I had to meet you, seeing as you are from the North of England.
    I was born in Scotland and moved to Lancashire when I was 10, so I gradually lost my Scottish accent. Married a Lancashire lad and we eventually emigrated to Australia with our kids many moons ago. We still have our Lancs accents, as does one son but our youngest has a true blue Aussie accent; however, when he’s mucking around, he can revert back to his original accent without a problem!
    Talk about multi-culture! But I am still drawn to a Lancashrie accent from back home!
    Nice to meet you!


  15. Ann-Marie Rigby
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 15:50:04

    Fellow Northern Mum of Southern offspring here! (Born and bred in Yorkshire but bringing up my 3 girls near London, all for the sake of work!)
    We have many pronunciation battles as my husband is from the “wrong” side of the pennines!

    Loving what I’ve read of the Blog so far!


  16. Galina V
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 08:37:43

    Hi! What a lovely introduction to your blog. Made me chuckle. As our family is Russian/Italian living in the South of England, our accents are all over. Our older son has autism and is non verbal though he understands English and Russian perfectly. Now the baby of the family is again exposed to all our languages and accents, and I wonder if he is going to inherit our accents or speak with a local one. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  17. sarsm
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 11:37:31


  18. momof8crazymonkeys
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 13:50:02

    Hi there I am a mom to 8 children ages 13, 12, 9, 8, 6, 5 and 6 month old twin boys. Glad to meet you and look forward to reading your posts!


  19. Marilyn Roberts
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 09:24:12

    Hi Jane
    When are you going to write a book??!! When you’ve got time I’m sure is the answer – but you are such a talented and natural writer – hope you do some day – and let me know!
    Mal Roberts (friend of your Auntie Rita)


  20. katie
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 06:03:05

    Hi, thanks for popping over and having a read of my blog. Oh, and thanks for the offer of tea! Usually by the time we get to reading I am a dribbling mess- not the best first impression! Xxx


  21. Natasha Roberts
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 08:31:02

    Although born and raised in the south, my parents are from “God’s Country” and were dismayed when my twin and I started nursery and then school, losing the pronunciation of bath and grass. Still sounds odd when we all speak together – my brother and I sound very posh! Love reading your blog.


  22. Sarah james (@apartyofseven)
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:09:13

    Hi, read a couple of your posts today…made me giggle. So true. I’m the opposite to you, southerner with five northern kids. Although have to say I now prounce grass and bath as we do up here not down there. I often say my kids are bilingual, sounding more northern when at school and more southern when with family. Of course my MIL thinks my kids are the broadest scousers out there but then again see would ;))


  23. Sarah james (@apartyofseven)
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:10:45

    *she* 🙂


  24. mascaradays
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 14:18:48

    ….just found your blog and your bio made me smile. I’m a northerner too gravitating south with a little person and I love the whole language/accent thing.


  25. HR without ticking boxes
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 13:38:32

    Just found your blog and I too have a five year old and my daughter turned one this year – I know its tough to work as well and I am impressed you keep blogging (I have currently run out of juice!!) Your posts are great!


  26. laurie
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 23:17:30

    Hi there! Speaking of northern moms,I’m from Canada. Stumbled upon your blog – don’t understand all the grass and bath accent talk!! But your site is absolutely beautiful. Well done!


  27. daisytheclothbummum
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 11:59:11

    Another Northerner living down South! Luckily hubby is northern too so hopefully we’ll kick the long vowels out! There isn’t an ‘r’ in bath!!!


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