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 […]

Beach days. 


Yesterday. I went for a walk in the afternoon (I try to every day) and stopped in at a bundle of book, sorry, charity shops on the way. Books acquired? A few. Oops. And then the Works where I resisted a beautiful book on how to crochet a doll and all the accessories for it […]

Little moments of happy


We visited Kentwell Hall. We saw flowers and baby animals and Tudors and a rainbow. Somewhere during the day I found a few moments of happy. A boy in a puddle.    A peacock under a tree.    A few moments of a day. A starting place at least. And tomorrow, as they say, is […]

Snippets and snapshots


{missing} my weekly round up – I know I’ll regret those holes in the archives when I’m looking back at our lives. {feeling} like wading through mud would be easier than living through days steeped in depression. I want to be happy. I can’t remember how. I can’t find any energy to do things that […]

Pet Parade play garden with exclusive kitten.

close up kitty

My children love my blog. They particularly love my blog when big parcels containing toys arrive. This particular parcel had a Pet parade play garden, including an exclusive kitten, and they didn’t know where to put themselves – the excitement was almost too much. From the top – the box has carry handles, so that […]

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