About Us

On 5th July 2012 my world crashed around me, my mother died. It truly was the worst time of my life, it took months to be able to socialise and return to work. I decided that I would take early retirement and enjoy the small pleasures of life. So I retired from my job as a theatre nurse in May 2014. I enjoyed the best summer we've had in Cardiff for years. I had so many plans, to travel, to learn Latin, to read all the books I'd wanted to but didn't have time for, to write a blog. I didn't do any of those things because...

On 6th October 2014 it all changed. My name changed, everything changed. I became a grandmother. I became Nanny. I know lots of women do it, they glide through life just taking in all these little changes, not me. 16 months on and I am still amazed, awed, besotted.

My daughter in law had to return to work in July 2015, so Grandad (sometimes called PopPop, more of that later) and I became his carers for 4 days a week. 

This is a blog about my grandson, Bear, and me, Cardigan. What we do and sometimes how we do it.

It's a mixture of journal entries about Bear, tips for parents and Granny Nannies like me, reviews and general musings on life and the wonders of childhood. I would love to hear from you.

Don't forget to say hello on twitter @BearandCardigan 



  1. I know how you feel - I lost my Mum in 2008 and life has never been the same, but so pleased you have a wonderful grandson xox

    1. Life is never the same, I just didn't know how hard it would hit me. Having a grandson is one of the best things ever! He fills my heart with joy and my house with toys and fingerprints. Thankyou for taking the time to comment.

  2. sad about your mum; lovely about your grandson:)

  3. I lost my mom in 2004, Mom was just 67. Sadly I could not have children myself due to severe endometriosis so no grandchildren to look forward to either. Still, that is the hand I have been dealt and I have to work with it.
    Your little grandson sounds like he was Heaven sent. I'm lovin' your blog.

    1. Rachael, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's a bitter blow to lose your mum, especially when she was so young. I am glad you are enjoying reading our blog. I have been so lucky to have two children and a grandson. We are expecting our second grandson any day now (he was due on the 9th, keeping us all waiting!) he will be a baby brother for Bear.


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