Saturday snippets 18 April 2015


{watching} swimming rather than a film. Not that I could see all that much of the swimming from my corner seat in the cafe. But it was enough to be there I hope. (Big reminded me that the first time she did Swimathon, 4 years ago, I cried.) {reading} Summer Secrets, the new Jane Green. […]

Friday frolics at the beach


With home ed friends. When the older children were young, we were part of a network of early years home educators, built around Merry’s Muddlepuddle site. Perhaps because there were so few of us we worked hard to build relationships that are still strong 10 or more years later. (I’ve known Merry online for more […]

Today’s memories


Tent Sky

London days.


Travelling by train – always bring full entertainment. (Love the mini treasures books. Full illustrations but small enough to carry several, ideal for a long journey. ) Don’t forget to put yourself in the picture. Sorry for the blurriness of this next pic, but I love it so much. She was in some kind of […]

Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books


The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it’s not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird (Author) and Helen Craig (Illustrator) (affiliate link). […]

Sunday sky


Remember: bubbles in the garden. Early morning with just Tigerboy. Remember: running in the wind. Pizza, home made the way they like it. Remember: family times. Afternoon naps. Sunshine, wind, gardening. (One lonely little pea plant. ) Remember: dreaming Norman’s story. (See him in the shadows. ) Write him down. Draw him. Remember.

Saturday snippets 11 April 2015


{watching} Meet the Robinsons on netflix for familyfilmnight. Carefully chosen in the hope that Smallest would enjoy it, as for some reason she’s very anti family films at the moment. It worked. And the bonus was that the rest of us quite enjoyed it too, despite the painfully obvious plot holes. {reading} From Here to […]

Friday fun in photos


More xyz building. Some garden games And glorious spring skies Also: today I’ve seen butterflies, bees and a bat in our garden. Not bad, all told.

If money wasn’t an issue…

playmobil gold chest with coins

If money wasn’t an issue, we’d have an extra storey on the house. A car we all fit in. Maybe the occasional trip out. I can’t even dream about it. I can’t imagine what it would be like. Just a little extra space. A little extra ease. A few extra memories. If it really were […]

But what do you do all day?

hero shape and card game

Every day is different. At this time of year I’m trying to tease the children away from their screens and into the great outdoors, though to be honest, it doesn’t usually take all that much encouragement. This week, Smallest is enjoying Early Readers from Orion children’s books. She grabbed them out of my hands and […]

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