Hannah Lynes

Welcome! I’ve embarked on a new plan to share something of value every day. Sometimes it’s an Instagram post or a Tweet, but when I’ve got something longer to write it will be on here.

School uniform and road safety

Last updated: December 8, 2023

DS1’s secondary school requires the children to wear black coats and bags, in addition to black trousers, shoes and socks. I believe this makes it harder for the children to be seen by drivers and increases their risk of being involved in road accidents. I don’t think this uniform policy is unusual – I know…

Can I put fresh coriander in my porridge?

Published: March 9, 2023

I planned to experiment with basil in porridge this morning, but I decided the leftover basil was too wilted whereas I had some leftover fresh coriander which still had life in it. So, yes ladies & gentlemen, this morning I bring you my experiment with coriander porridge. (See my intro post to this series if…

Can I add linseeds to my porridge?

Published: March 8, 2023

Welcome to the first in my series of experiments with porridge ingredients! (see my intro post here explaining what’s prompted me to do such a thing). Today, linseeds (flaxseeds). What are they like in porridge? I don’t normally use linseeds, but they’re something our Ukrainian guest bought and she suggested I try them in my…

What can I add to my porridge?

Published: March 7, 2023

Last year I lost weight. I used the Noom app which worked well for me. One thing I did that helped me was to eat porridge for breakfast every day. My porridge is just oats, water and fruit, no sugar, honey, milk or cream. I quickly got used to having just oats and fruit and…

Do we have a disordered society?

Published: February 10, 2023

We seem to have all these disorders that we ascribe to our children. “Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder” seems to have been around for a while. More recently I heard about “pathological demand avoidance.” And this week “oppositional defiance disorder” was brought to my attention. There used to be “autistic spectrum disorder” but now we…

NHS information on MRI scans and breastfeeding

Last updated: February 7, 2023

The Breastfeeding Network says that after an MRI or CT scan with contrast dye, it’s fine to continue breastfeeding. However, NHS hospital policies or patient information sometimes state that women need to stop breastfeeding for 24 hours after the scan, which can be practically difficult and can present health risks for mother and baby. I’ve…

How to get back to sleep

Published: June 12, 2022

Do you wake up in the night and struggle to get back to sleep? I’ve struggled with that for a long time. Lately, I’ve been doing a bit better and am feeling a lot healthier as a result. I know that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for others, but I thought I’d…

Family adventure – Nottingham escape rooms

Last updated: October 27, 2021

For autumn half term 2021, we’ve planned an adventure and I’m blogging the trip here. Our starting point is to visit the UK city with the most highly rated escape rooms, which happens to be Nottingham. After that, we’ll spin our TripRandomiser. Day 1: Beckenham to Nottingham The first leg of our train journey took us…

Family holiday fun: Google maps picture competition

Published: October 20, 2021

During our family holiday, we like to compete with each other to get the most-viewed picture on Google Maps. Did you know you can add pictures from your phone to Google maps? From the Google Maps app you click on “contribute” and then “add a photo”. Enter the place your picture depicts. Once it’s uploaded,…