Saturday snippets 22 November 2014

{driving} I missed driving when I couldn’t drive. This week I have driven more than I want to, with small children. It reminded me of commuting, and it wasn’t fun. The positive side is that we can and do choose not to have that many weeks like this. And also that it’s a choice. {feeling} […]

Today started too early


And involved nearly 5 hours in soft play. This was my reward. Almost worth it. I owe you book reviews and linkies and giveaways and all I’ve got is a head full of stuff and a picture of some hot chocolate. Sorry.

Christmas books at Stillwater books.

Stillwater books with chair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias It can’t have failed to escape your attention that Christmas is coming, and where I’m concerned, that means books. So the other day I popped into town to do a little bit of book shopping at our […]

This #AntiBullyingWeek, will you #ChooseKind? (A Wonder giveaway)

be kind and carry on

I have to admit I think it’s really sad that we need an Anti Bullying Week. I do wonder what the world would look like if we did manage to get the message across that bullying isn’t to be tolerated, within families, at schools, or in the workplace. Or indeed, anywhere. Because it can happen […]



This is the main reason I haven’t blogged tonight. I drained the potatoes over my hand. It hurt quite a lot. So I’m in bed and going to sleep early and get up early and get stuff done then.

So Nick Gibb has been to China

He’s the Education minister apparently (his arrival completely passed me by). And he’s returned to tell teachers to copy China – and ditch trendy teaching for ‘chalk and talk’. (Telegraph link, daily mail headline.) It’s all about the rote learning you see, that’s the only difference. He somehow didn’t notice the smaller class size or […]

Win family tickets to the Paddington premiere!

Paddington bear new movie

Who doesn’t love Paddington? (Put your hand down, you at the back.) If you don’t have small children, you may have missed the news that he’s coming to the big screen very soon – 28th November to be precise. Want to see Paddington as you’ve never seen him before? (I’m always a bit nervous about […] book giveaway

You may remember earlier in the year when I reviewed the rather wonderful book, just about the time it was featured on Dragon’s Den. If not, I’ll recap briefly for you here. You order the book via the website, in a very simple process, where you put in the name of the lucky child […]

Saturday Snippets 15 November 2014

{thinking} it’s been an odd week. From last weekend in London, birthday celebrations for Smallest on Monday, attempting so much stuff and managing so little, via a surge of grief on Thursday and then family gathering today. I could do with a holiday. On an island. With someone else doing the cooking. Please? {grieving} again, […]

Trying to do all the things

Did you ever have one of those days? Where you try really hard to be focussed and achieve things and you even write down things on your to-do list that you’ve been avoiding thinking about for weeks but then despite your best efforts nothing works. It actually started last night when I was trying to […]

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