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About Me

Mum, wife, sister, friend.

I’m a mother of two boys, a wife, and a nerd for board games, sci-fi and design. I grew up in the country and as a teenager couldn’t wait to get to the big city. Now that I’m here and raising children, I long for bush, beaches and baches.

When my boys were aged 2 and 3, I realised I was giving all my energy to my job and saving nothing for my family. I wasn’t giving my boys the experiences I wanted to and I wasn’t being the mother I’d dreamed of. I placed my value as a person on what I was doing and achieving at work. So I left work and have since struggled with depression and a sense of aimlessness.


So I’ve started Darling Buds of Play to share my journey towards being the parent I want to be, the ups and downs I experience along the way, and hopefully provide inspiration and support to like-minded parents.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

William Shakespeare, 1609.

The Name

I chose the name Darling Buds of Play because it embodied both nature and childhood which are the core of why I started this venture.

And, who doesn’t love a good pun! The pun comes from William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. My interpretation of this sonnet is that while our children are ever-changing, sometimes incredible and sometimes challenging, to us they are always beautiful and our love for them is eternal.

Sir Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare

During 2020, Sir Patrick Stewart (aka Jean-Luc Picard) started reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets and publishing them to his Facebook while he was in lockdown. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have this King read the sonnet that inspired th name of my website.