Hard to believe that I’ve two teenagers now, but I do. Small, the baby named ironically because he was anything but (9 9 since you ask) is 13 years old today. He’s a wonderful, kind, quirky, gentle boy, full of intelligence and surprises.  Right now he’s growing like a shoot, and has braces so his […]

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 […]

Playing home education bingo.

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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 […]

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, […]

Sunlight on a Sunday.


Inspired by the weekend hashtag project on Instagram, I went looking for light and shadows in the garden.  Here are a few of the pictures I didn’t use on there.  When light is time.    Daisy. Because, well, daisy.    Blowing a rainbow.    The Instagram pics are in my sidebar, or pop over there […]

On autism, girls and school – commentary on a research article.


A friend linked me to this interesting research article, the experience of the hidden curriculum for autistic girls at mainstream primary schools. It got me to thinking, about autism, girls and things that are hidden in plain sight. The hidden curriculum under discussion here isn’t quite the same as the one that springs to mind […]

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