Welcome to the new Bridges and Balloons!

It’s finally here – the new look Bridges and Balloons. As much as I loved the old site, it had had its day. It was slow as a sloth and as I’d insisted on building it myself, it was frankly a bit of a mess (code and I are not good friends). I wanted something … Read more

Otis Leif - six month update

Six months with Otis Leif and some thoughts on vulnerability

Tiny man, Oatcake, Otis Leif; we have many names for the little one who joined our lives six months ago. The cliches are true – it seems like forever ago that we first met eyes, but it’s also still so new. The love is intense and just as much so the vulnerability that comes with … Read more

Best independent travel magazines - Lodestars Anthology

The best independent travel magazines

I am a complete indie magazine addict. I can’t resist stopping in beautiful paper shops and picking up the latest releases or stocking up on new editions. Our living room is starting to look like a magazine shop! I’m a fan of all different sorts, from craft magazines to collections of interviews and photography. But … Read more

Me and Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho: Children are men and women in the making

Outside of Bridges and Balloons, I also freelance as a writer and editor. This is an interview I had published in Oh Comely magazine with one of my heros, Lydia Cacho, a leading investigative journalist and women’s rights campaigner in Mexico.  “I’ve escaped mafias and now it’s a monkey that finally got me.” With a … Read more

Plastic-free parenting

A plastic-free parenting challenge

You know the joke, “How can you tell if someone’s vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you”? I think you could probably extend that to all manner of moral/eco-behaviour. It’s pretty easy to feel smug and get a bit preachy when you’re doing something you think is good for the planet. But that’s a slippery slope … Read more

Positive caesarean birth story

A positive caesarean birth story 

One of the first things a girlfriend of mine asked when I told her I was pregnant was whether or not I would give birth without painkillers. It was one of the first glimpses I had of the pressure that women face about giving birth. A natural, non-medicated birth tends to be held up as … Read more

Victoria pregnant

My fertility journey: PCOS, Clomid and gonadatropins

This is one of those posts where, if you’re here for travel stories, you might want to head over to the travel section instead. However, lots of people have written to me expressing interest in my fertility journey. I struggled to find stories when I was going through all of this, so I’m sharing mine … Read more

Simon Fairbairn - Never Ending Voyage

Interview: Simon at Never Ending Voyage

Following on from my interview with Brenna of This Battered Suitcase last month, here’s the next instalment of the If I had a Superpower series. This time I interviewed Simon from Never Ending Voyage. Never Ending Voyage was one of the first blogs I started following and Steve and I quickly realised we had a … Read more

Otis at one month

Our first two months with Otis Leif

And so he is here. Little Otis Leif Watts Kennedy arrived into the world just eight weeks ago and brought with him a spell of love. It’s hard to believe just how much time we’ve spent gazing at him and exclaiming “oh my, he’s so cute”. And sure, I’m biased, but oh my, he is … Read more