Schleich horses in the garden.

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When I was little, one of my favourite books was Fly-by-night by KM Peyton. (Amazon. ) The 11 year old Ruth is pony mad and ends up with a completely unsuitable pony in her back garden (my memory is insisting she wins a horse from a cereal competition, but the internet is not verifying this) […]

You should be here.

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Once in a lifetime should have been within your years. Miss you little sister. And I know this song is about a parent, not a sibling, but it’s close enough. (if you don’t know the back story, it’s here.)

10 ways to celebrate 10 years of Augustus and his smile.

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Augustus and his smile by Catherine Rayner is a very lovely book. It’s about being sad, and finding ways of not being sad. Including dancing in the rain, and going on a very long walk through nature. It *always* makes me smile, and quite often inspires me to go out for one of those walks […]

13

Hard to believe that I’ve two teenagers now, but I do. Small, the baby named ironically because he was anything but (9 9 since you ask) is 13 years old today. He’s a wonderful, kind, quirky, gentle boy, full of intelligence and surprises.  Right now he’s growing like a shoot, and has braces so his […]

A day in pictures (snippets of Saturday)

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As I’ve mentioned on twitter, I’m going through a low period at the moment. I’ve stepped back from social media a little because it doesn’t help to see all the things happening that I’m too far out of the loop to take part in. Yesterday though, I tried something a little different to help myself […]

Netflix and science – Project Mc2 and Adrienne’s Volcano

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Netflix has been a focal part of our family life here for some time now, with everyone in the family having a favourite viewing occupation. A fair bit of our family film night viewing is supplied via Netflix too. I hadn’t fully incorporated it in our home education though, even with discovering Magic Schoolbus is […]

How does your garden grow?

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Colourfully. I planted irises last year to grow myself a new header. They bloomed partly when we were away, so I didn’t get the pictures I wanted. This year the single blue one has flowered in the rain. It’s beautiful. But not quite what I want looking for in a header. Hm. I could use […]

Playing home education bingo.

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Most of the time I’m happy to talk about home education. I love to chat about the different ways children learn to read. (Phonics. Picture books. Reading eggs. Montessori materials. Osmosis.) I can enthuse for hours about following interests, the value of playing online games, how great the world of nature is and so on. […]

Snippets of beauty

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I really miss my snippets posts, but at the same time, I feel really awkward about writing here at the moment.  But I know the longer I leave it without writing, the harder it gets. So.  Big is in full on GCSE prep mode. It is, as they say, on. Small did his first iGCSE […]

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (review with giveaway)

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When Big was around 12 or 13 she read pretty much constantly, often books I was interested in – we’d rush to be first at a new YA, and wait impatiently for the other to finish so that we could discuss it. Small is a different kettle of fish. Although he is an extremely competent […]

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