What makes a good PR event?


Today I took the two smaller children into London. I got up at 6, so that I could double check travel arrangements, slightly nervous as I couldn’t find a route without a bus part of the way. We were heading to Surrey Docks Farm to visit the Huggies Pullups bus. The farm is a community […]

Treat day. (With bonus Shattered book launch.)


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 […]

Dunwich Heath Sconeathon – inspiring Stilton and Ale scones.

Stilton and Ale scone

At the weekend we were invited up to Dunwich Heath National trust, who were having a sconeathon. I’d no idea what a sconeathon is, but it sounded like a good idea Dunwich Heath is just up the coast from us, and not a National Trust property we’d visited before. Then again, we haven’t done nearly […]

Pointless education and missing caches.


You can take the boy out of the school, but can you take the school out of the parent? There’s a constant balancing act here, to discharge our legal duty under Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act 7. The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time […]

A #GBWalk at Wicken Fen with the National Trust

not a windmill at Wicken Fen

Last Sunday we went to Wicken Fen nature reserve, to join a National Trust #GBWalk bloggers event. I love Wicken Fen. It’s just at the limits of my drive for a good day out, but it’s completely worth it. It was the first nature reserve the National Trust owned, back in 1899, and at that […]

The beach with added Miffy


Yesterday I packed up the entire contents of the house and dragged them down the road to the beach for a couple of hours, then dragged them home again. That’s what it felt like anyway. It occurred to me that I carried less stuff when I was interrailing for a month than I do for […]

Silent Sunday 7 July 2013


Photoblog: science alive.

Funky boots and triominos. Tissue paper hot air balloon team work. Best balloon there apparently. Fabulous light harp. I made this. Finishing the day with bubbles. The only drawback was the driving. 1 hour 45 on the way there, then I missed my junction on the way home and added ten to fifteen minutes of […]

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 […]

Lego Hero Heaven

I do a lot of things for the children. I look for opportunities for them to learn and experience stuff that I never got the chance to, and I tailor what I offer to their interests. So when I was offered a chance to attend an exclusive preview showing of the new Lego HeroFactory mini […]

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