Stepping up to the messy play plate.


I don’t like sticky, messy things. I’m not even fond of kneading dough or mixing cake. And as a young child, Small was much the same. It’s not fair though, to let that impact on the younger two. So since Christmas I’ve been making a real effort to get crafty and messy with them. We’ve […]

A short reading week for picture books.

When the challenge is to read 300 books in a year, that’s not quite 1 a day. I figured that getting a book a day in to begin with would be a good start though. So far I’ve read the Mozart Question aloud to the small children. I think I got more out of it […]

The cost of a child


Can’t be measured in pounds and pence. I’m forever seeing articles going on about how many thousands of pounds it costs to raise a child to 18 years old and mostly it looks like nonsense. Yes, there are some specific costs. Children do need to eat and drink. They start in nappies and clothes and […]

Silent Sunday 21 July 2013


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 […]

Growing green fingered children.

Growing green fingered children.

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge (find the linky here) with Moneysupermarket I love gardening. No, really, I do. Or at least, I love the idea of it. The reality, with two small children, tends to be rather different. I imagine popping out into the garden, doing a spot of digging, sprinkling […]

Sometimes I forget the important things

crafts from weekendboxclub

And I need a little reminder. Today we were sent a WeekendBoxClub box for review and knowing that I’m away this weekend, I thought I’d get started on it straight away. I’d forgotten how lovely it is to spend one to one time with Smallest, focusing on her and just doing something for her. I […]

Seaside stickers for a sunny day.


We are part of the Baker Ross blogging network and these fabulous seaside stickers were in our latest craft box. They’re new to the range and I think they’re wonderful. The children had a lovely afternoon making pictures with them.

History with added flowers.

It was history etc today. Slightly odd in that Big didn’t come with us, she was at a Kentwell friend’s birthday party. Shame the dates clashed as there were several extra participants in history she’d have loved to see, but that’s the way it goes. There’s apparently something coming up about tulips in the chapters […]

How we home ed a toddler

With books for pre writing skills And fabulous solid poster paints Which were so good Small had to get in on the act (It should be pointed out I drew the heart. ) Shared reading books. And a sleeping babe. He won’t fit in there much longer. And that was our morning. There was some […]

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