Wee Important Message

Hello everyone

My re-vamped website is now up and running here:


This means that all the BlueBeretMum posts have moved too and I would love to see you there too.

Could you take two seconds and quickly subscribe again on the new website if you would like to find out what happened next?  Virtual bubbly is on me.

Thank you and see you all on the other side.


Poetry & Pandemonium

BlueBeretMum is No More…

Sometime last week was my first bloggoversary.  Yay!

It all started with this post and…

in the last 12 months I  joined a book club, wrote my first book review here and, most importantly, I gradually slipped back into creative writing and writing poetry.  I also started drawing cartoons, just for fun, and published a book with motherhood inspired haikus.

And not to forget, I gained great readers and met some fantastic writers and poets – that would not have happened without my wee blog but…

BlueberetMum was initially meant to be a parenting blog, full of cute pictures and stories about raising Peanut.  It turns out it is not me and although I occasionally write about parenting, I have realised it is time to re-brand.   Having looked through my posts from the last few months I split them into two categories:

  • Poetry – no explanation needed
  • Pandemonium – everything else, mainly parenting cartoons and book reviews and whatever takes my fancy

So wave bye bye to BlueBeretMum and say hello to Poetry & Pandemonium.  I will be working on more updates in the next few weeks so watch this space.

And I hope you stay! Poetry and Cartoon Service resumes next week.

Happy Friday everyone!


Blog Your Heart Out


The hilarious Cathy from the Wicked World of Lucas has recently surprised me with a fab nomination for a ‘Blog Your Heart Out’ Award.  If you have never read Cathy’s blog, you are missing out on a few giggles!

Blog Your Heart Out Award is about answering five questions (honestly!) and nominating five great bloggers.

Here are my answers:

1. What/Who encouraged you to start blogging?

I have always been an obsessive writer and reader but I have a very short attention span and used to lack discipline.

I have a theory that road to hell is paved with writers’ unfinished ‘projects’, especially mine… And so one day I had this idea, why not try blogging?  That way if I had any readers (even if it was just one) I would feel bad if I did not live up to their (my imaginary) expectations.

In the meantime, I gained a following of real readers, re-gained my confidence as a writer, had a poem published in a magazine, released my first ebook and I have discovered so many inspiring and talented bloggers.

The bloggy universe has no limits!

2. How did you choose what topics to blog about?
I get inspired by anything, from Peanut’s daily antics to something I have heard on the radio or read in the paper and as ‘chaotic’ as it may sound I do not have a strict plan for my blog.

Somehow it has evolved into a mix of poetry, parenting and odd cartoons and who knows what’s around the corner!

3. What is something most people don’t know about you?
When I was a teenager someone asked me to write a poem for them, they then submitted it to a big poetry competition run by a publishing house and my poem won!  Unfortunately, as a ghost-poet I never got any recognition. *sad face*

Also, I’m allergic to knitting and once upon a time I almost skied into Prince Charles but that’s a different story altogether…

4. What 3 words describe your style? 

Creative, eclectic and a bit of a dreamer…

5. What do you like to do when you are not blogging?

Play with my son. Do yoga and meditate. Watch films with and chat to BlueBeretDad.  Drink wine with my friends. Read.  Listen to Radio 4 podcasts.  Have chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Not necessarily in that order.

And here I am with my dark secrets and all.

Now over to five remarkable bloggers:

  1. Time Waits for No Mum
  2. Beautiful Misbehaviour
  3. The Reading Residence
  4. Mum Turned Mom
  5. Pinkoddy