What’s your X Moment?

first day on skates

Parenting, or indeed life, is full of blink and you’ll miss it moments. Once upon a time, that was what happened, if you weren’t there, you weren’t looking, you lost your chance. Then came cameras, Polaroids, digital cameras, and now most of us have that powerful camera in our pocket in the form of our […]

Low on words


Perhaps they blew away at the beach, caught on the winds like the dreams of a child hoping to fly. Or were they buried like treasure by a pirate’s apprentice? Maybe they washed away in the rain, or faded with the rainbow? Or perchance I left them in a different century… I’ve lost them before, […]

When I grow up, I want to be Buffy.


It’s a beautiful day


to be in a field with friends. Try it sometime 🙂

You should be here.


Once in a lifetime should have been within your years. Miss you little sister. And I know this song is about a parent, not a sibling, but it’s close enough. (if you don’t know the back story, it’s here.)

10 ways to celebrate 10 years of Augustus and his smile.


Augustus and his smile by Catherine Rayner is a very lovely book. It’s about being sad, and finding ways of not being sad. Including dancing in the rain, and going on a very long walk through nature. It *always* makes me smile, and quite often inspires me to go out for one of those walks […]


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.

a b c 1 2 3 chalkboard

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. […]

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