Treat day. (With bonus Shattered book launch.)

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Today has been a treat day. I try to do this with the children in some kind of rotation, but it can be difficult to juggle. Today was Big’s turn. We got on a train to London. When we got there it was coffee time. Then we went to a bookshop. For this. This is […]

Education courtesy of science kits and jigsaw puzzles.

One of the plus points of being sent items for review is that very often I can work them into our educational plans. So it was great that we were offered a Wild Science Lip Balm Laboratory for Big to take a look at, as there are all sorts of educational experiences in a kit […]

Talina in the Tower blogtour – interview with author Michelle Lovric

Big read and reviewed Talina in the Tower (link to be added when she’s pressed publish, sigh!), kindly supplied to us by Orion for that purpose. And then we got to interview the author as part of her blogtour! How fantastic is that? So, Big’s questions first: 1. How do you decide on a storyline? […]

Home education or domestic servitude?

One of the reasons given by the labour government for their investigations into home education and proposed legislation about it was to protect children from domestic servitude. I wonder what they’d have thought about the two hour home economics lesson that took place over yesterday and today, and resulted in Big providing tea for the […]

A brief braces update.

A while ago I blogged our first few days of Big wearing her braces. I think a few ppl found it useful, as it is or was looming in their future, so I thougt it was probably time I dropped a quick update in. She’s now been wearing braces since February. One of the main […]

When do charity requests cross the line?

Last night Big returned home from Guides with the instruction that they’ve to take £1.50 in next week as they are going to buy Innocent Smoothies and knit hats for them for charity. This confused me on several levels. First of all, it’s not how I understood the campaign to work, and when I looked […]

Bit of a washout really, with the orthodontic next stage.

The drought is at least temporarily over in Suffolk. It’s done a lot of raining here today, which is a good thing – we’ve been missing it. It also means I haven’t had to carry the grey water out to water my sad and sorry looking garden, which is very good. Particularly good as I […]

Hannibal returns.

Years ago, when I was a much younger and less experienced parent (and actually thought there might be a Right Way to do things, that only I didn’t know) Big went to nursery. It was a very good nursery. The staff cared very much about the children, and they were all very calm, highly qualified […]

Barely tweeting, mainly living.

Wake up. Feed Smallest milk before getting out of bed. Potter a bit, put kettle on, breakfast Smallest and snack myself, eventually saunter out for a run. Run 1.5 miles on just under 16 minutes. Home, shower, dress. Somewhere in and amongst put washing in, (nappies, strip sheet of double bed and bedside cot). Dress […]

Hectic hurried days.

Have had a couple of horriedly hectic days this week, with appts in far flung places and odd gaps in between. Fortunately have managed to fill some of the gaps with friends, like the Puddles and the Beans It’s cost a fortune in diesel as well – meaning that when I can I drive veeerrrrry […]

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