On the beach


And afterwards.

Looking back, over my shoulder


Not a bad view. First attempt at running round the point for a while was remarkably unsuccessful. My legs didn’t like the shingle, then when I paused Runkeeper to take the photo I confused it and it didn’t track the rest of the run. Oh well. Just as well I haven’t actually started the build […]

Saturday snippets 18 October 2014


{Watching} Earth to echo for family film night. Full review and giveaway coming soon. {Enjoying} yet more late sun. I got two whole loads of washing dried today. That’s a lot of washing for October. *and* I spotted when it was about to rain and got it in in time. I think I’ve finally got […]

It’s not me, it’s you. Mhairi McFarlane

its not me its you mhairi mcfarlane

I have read previous Mhairi McFarlane books. I thought I’d reviewed at least one, You had me at Hello, but if I have, I can’t find it right now. Oops. So, we’re firmly in romantic self discovery territory here. The blurb: Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong. When she proposed and discovered […]

Saturday Snippets 11 October 2014


{thinking} that the weeks seem to fly by more and more quickly. Doesn’t seem two minutes since I was writing out the last snippets post. {reading} Endgame: The Calling. (partial) review with giveaway to go up tomorrow. Make sure you hurry back. {watching} Tron: Legacy (via Amazon Prime) and really rather regretting it. I usually […]

Return to Fuerteventura

A couple of years ago we took an extended family holiday to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for my dad’s 60th birthday. It was a really lovely week. There are pictures, somewhere, but this is the only one I can find right now. A picture I loved so much I even used it on my […]

Who wears the marigolds in your house?

mums on strike laura kemp

It’s been all over the news today, women do most of the housework. Many of us go out to work, but still do most of the chores, without pay. A few weeks ago (sorry!) I was contacted by Flash with the results of a survey they’ve done into the breakdown of household chores. You’re going […]

Saturday Snippets 4 October 2014


{watching} Red 2. Great film. High body count, so not one for the teenies, the wisecracking is brilliant, and Helen Mirren is just excellent with a machine gun. And a knife. And acid. And her feet. {reading} this one is a bit more difficult. I seem to have about six books on the go, and […]

Stealing dreams

We’ve been living in our current house for 5 1/2 years. It was empty for over a year before that. So, nearly 7 years since Tim’s dad died. Despite that I’d guess we still get a call a week for him, usually related to his shareholdings. The most recent one was the most plausible yet. […]

Montessori moments – paper cutting.

Staedtler Noris club small left handed scissors

One of the many strengths of Montessori is its focus on practical activities, introduced using real tools appropriate to the task at hand. If you’ve small children you’ve no doubt encountered their fascination with scissors – the Montessori approach is to demonstrate how to handle and carry them safely. It’s very easy to do in […]

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