Dear Microsoft, about this game you’ve bought.

I understand that you’ve bought Minecraft. Not just the game, or even a development license, but the entire development studio, lock, stock and barrel, minus the guy who came up with it in the first place. Now, I can see why you think it’s a good move. It’s a really popular game. Although I’m seeing […]

Feeling blue

beach light

So what do you do? A trip to the beach to blow the cobwebs away. And then a cup of tea. Of course.

Saturday Snippets 13 September 2014


{counting} 10k steps. First time I’ve worn my fitbug all day in ages, and cruised through the 10k. Running my mile this morning helped. (In 09.47, which is a pretty good place to be starting from for my aim of running a 10k in under an hour.) {drawing} eyes. Feeling quite pleased with my drawing […]

Saving Grace and Waiting for Doggo

Saving Grace Jane Green

Concentrating on reading means I’ve romped through quite a few titles this week. pre order at Amazon Order on Kindle Pre order at Hive Saving Grace. Release date 25 September 2014. Not quite what I’d expected, from the cover and tagline I was expecting light chick lit, whereas this has a much darker thread running […]

Just reading

I’ve read three books this week. The kindle tells me how long I’ve got left, so instead of frittering my evening away on social networks, I’m reading. I love to read. The reviewing is more of a mixed bag. I hate to think of an author reading a bad review. Or not even a bad […]

Is trying enough?

Almost a bag full of rubbish. Half a box emptied. A book read, but not finished. I’ve attempted a few things today but completed none of them. I did manage an unexpected bike ride when Small forgot his trunks, and Big called from the leisure centre. I don’t have DVLA permission to drive but the […]

Saturday snippets 6 September 2014


{watching} Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Big hit with all the family except Tim, who really has seen it all before. Though even he wants a set of Falcon wings for Christmas. And who wouldn’t? With a body count rather higher than an Arnie film, I was quite pleased the little ones were playing Reading […]

Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson Ami Polonsky

pre order at Amazon What if who you are on the outside doesn’t match who you are on the inside? I’m not sharing the blurb for this book, beyond the question above, because it’s a bit of a spoiler to say the least. Grayson is a lonely boy. He lives with his aunt, uncle and […]

Watching caterpillars (oh, and Poppy Cat)

poppy cat arithmetic

Today we started with Poppy Cat. I’m a Poppy Cat blogger, and earlier this year (disgracefully earlier this year) we were sent some of the new magazines to review, along with a DVD of episodes. I have to say that Poppy is a big hit with both the little children, possibly even more so with […]

The shape of a day


Has shifted here. Again. Big getting up early for her paper round seems to be bringing the whole day forward. Small children wake up as she comes back, breakfast is happening sooner. After breakfast I am available for subject assistance and general educational enquiries. I’m trying to do something arty/crafty or otherwise hands on with […]

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