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 […]

Let’s talk about the A word.


Maurice (Christopher Eccleston), Alison (Morven Christie) and Joe Hughes (Max Vento) in The A Word. Photograph: Rory Mulvey/BBC/Fifty Fathoms So. BBC one showed a new drama, The A word, last night about a family discovering their son has autism. It’s very well acted – unsurprisingly given it includes Christopher Eccleston on fine, if somewhat grumpy […]

Planning an edible garden – and learning some stuff about learning


Last week I went on a teacher training course with RHS. It was at a people’s community garden in a nearby town, which turned out to be in the middle of some fabulous allotments. (I know it might sound a bit strange that a home educator went on a teacher training day, but even within […]

Blog awards – the ‘yes please I would like one’ approach


I have blogged many times on my attitude to blog awards. I have said that I won’t ask for votes. That if people want to nominate me that’s lovely but I won’t seek it out. Do you know what? Stuff that. This year, this blog is 13. It’s never won an award, and has recently […]

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