A day in pictures (snippets of Saturday)


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

Adrienne's Volcano

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?


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.

a b c 1 2 3 chalkboard

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


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)

Iron Fist

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 […]

You and blu


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluForYou #CollectiveBias Tim has been a smoker for a very long time, certainly all his adult life. It’s not something he’s particularly proud of, and he’s tried a few […]

The calming wild.


It is no secret that I am fond of outdoor time. Most days I try to get outside even if only into the garden, camera in hand. You can find little secrets and treasures everywhere, even in your own garden, if you look carefully. It’s all about perspective. I have two favourite walks at the […]

Sustained by strangers – the blogging community.

A moment to rest. Before my guest lecture this afternoon, I had time to explore the very beautiful Bath Spa university campus, and I was almost overwhelmed with the carpets of colour on the beautiful lake walk. Then I pushed right out of my comfort zone, and spoke to a creative writing class about blogging, […]

Q Pootle 5: Pootle the Explorer – review and giveaway


We’ve been fans of Q Pootle 5 since way back when – our first encounter was via a library book when Small was actually small 😉 I love Nick Butterworth’s work, the story is straightforward, the illustrations are clear, and above all else, it’s fun. (I particularly love Colin the cat.) When I heard Q […]

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