August’s snippets


{playing} at being Tudors. We call it playing. It’s fairly hard work actually, given the level of research, the costume making, even just long days. And we are volunteers, receiving a place to put a tent and food in return for our participation. No matter how hard it is, I wouldn’t miss it for the […]

Who’s heading to FunFest Blogger Summit 2016?

I’ll be there – we had a great time last year, and the kids absolutely loved it all. (After all, who wouldn’t love the chance to balance a stormtrooper on their hands?) There are only a handful of delegate tickets remaining, and it all takes place in just over a week’s time on Saturday, September […]

(Not) back to school – home education planning with The Range.

sketchbooks and left handed pens

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias August. Hot days, but cool evenings, time for another camping holiday, and suddenly, all the shops including the Range are full of back to school displays, and parents are wondering where the summer went and how long […]

Weekend snippets 14 August 2016


{trying out} bullet journaling. Well, I wrote out a weekly diary page three times in a notebook, ripped them out because I didn’t like the layout, and put the notebook in my bag anyway. So I’m thinking about trying out bullet journalling. And somehow I’ve restrained myself from buying yet another notebook even though it’s […]

Learning to draw: my journey so far.

day to day sketch kit

As I mentioned a while ago, (dear 15 year old me) I have spent most of my life convinced I couldn’t draw. When I took up photography a while back, I started seeing things differently. And then I started drawing. To begin with, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, or what I was interested […]

Blogs unblogged


There have been gaps in the archives of this blog before. They always make me a little sad, when I look back and I don’t have the reminders of our day to day life. I haven’t even been keeping up with my snippets post, and that’s a real shame. Small said the other day that […]

A day trip to Liverpool Biennial with Cass Art.

bluecoat software

Would you believe I’ve never been to Liverpool? Ridiculous, I know, but up until last Saturday, the absolute truth. But on Saturday, I got up at 5.30, and headed off for a day trip, invited to visit the Biennial 2016, a festival of contemporary art by Cass Art. Having never been to the city before, […]

Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

bottersnikes on train

A couple of weeks back, I took the two younger children down to London for the premiere of Bottersnikes and Gumbles, a new show available on CBBC and Netflix, based on an Australian book. At this point, you know as much as I did 🙂 If you mention Bottersnikes and Gumbles, you largely get blank […]

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, […]

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