Child centred Sunday.


It’s supposed to be a day of rest, isn’t it? And after last week, I needed it. The problem was that while I was driving the boys all over the county yesterday, Smallest stayed home with Big and Tim and recharged, so while I wanted to slump, she was ready to go. “I can’t give […]

Saturday snippets 22 November 2014

{driving} I missed driving when I couldn’t drive. This week I have driven more than I want to, with small children. It reminded me of commuting, and it wasn’t fun. The positive side is that we can and do choose not to have that many weeks like this. And also that it’s a choice. {feeling} […]

Today started too early


And involved nearly 5 hours in soft play. This was my reward. Almost worth it. I owe you book reviews and linkies and giveaways and all I’ve got is a head full of stuff and a picture of some hot chocolate. Sorry.

Contemplating the future of home education, and a call for posts celebrating educational freedoms.

Smallest blowing bubbles

Generally speaking, I’d rather be blogging about hot chocolate, or bubble blowing picnics but this was brought to my attention recently. From here A representative from the DfE joined the committee to discuss elective home education (EHE). Although the department does not have any immediate plans to review this policy, a series of conversations with […]



This is the main reason I haven’t blogged tonight. I drained the potatoes over my hand. It hurt quite a lot. So I’m in bed and going to sleep early and get up early and get stuff done then.

Saturday Snippets 15 November 2014

{thinking} it’s been an odd week. From last weekend in London, birthday celebrations for Smallest on Monday, attempting so much stuff and managing so little, via a surge of grief on Thursday and then family gathering today. I could do with a holiday. On an island. With someone else doing the cooking. Please? {grieving} again, […]

Trying to do all the things

Did you ever have one of those days? Where you try really hard to be focussed and achieve things and you even write down things on your to-do list that you’ve been avoiding thinking about for weeks but then despite your best efforts nothing works. It actually started last night when I was trying to […]

Blogfest – meeting people

One of the double edged swords of attending blogfests is meeting lots and lots of people. Double edged because yay! meeting people I’ve never met but spend so much time talking to online (or people I have met and *still* spend lots of time talking to online ) but also aargh! lots of people that […]

At the going down of the sun


We visited the war memorial. Smallest was not impressed. It was only flowers and stuff, there was nothing exciting to it, and I wouldn’t let her run across the little bridge and play. I had conversations with relatives who fought in world war two. They’re gone now. I don’t know how to give her those […]

Saturday Snippets 8 November 2014 the blogfest edition


{sitting} in a hotel room and breathing. Fabulous day. But a bit tiring. A lot tiring. OK, I’m wiped, but then I have been up since 5.45 and there may have been gin {musing} about everything I heard today. Too much to sort out to blog just now I’m afraid. But oh my Francesca Martinez. […]

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