Who wears the marigolds in your house?

mums on strike laura kemp

It’s been all over the news today, women do most of the housework. Many of us go out to work, but still do most of the chores, without pay. A few weeks ago (sorry!) I was contacted by Flash with the results of a survey they’ve done into the breakdown of household chores. You’re going […]

Saturday Snippets 4 October 2014


{watching} Red 2. Great film. High body count, so not one for the teenies, the wisecracking is brilliant, and Helen Mirren is just excellent with a machine gun. And a knife. And acid. And her feet. {reading} this one is a bit more difficult. I seem to have about six books on the go, and […]

Stealing dreams

We’ve been living in our current house for 5 1/2 years. It was empty for over a year before that. So, nearly 7 years since Tim’s dad died. Despite that I’d guess we still get a call a week for him, usually related to his shareholdings. The most recent one was the most plausible yet. […]

Montessori moments – paper cutting.

Staedtler Noris club small left handed scissors

One of the many strengths of Montessori is its focus on practical activities, introduced using real tools appropriate to the task at hand. If you’ve small children you’ve no doubt encountered their fascination with scissors – the Montessori approach is to demonstrate how to handle and carry them safely. It’s very easy to do in […]

Everything is awesome! or, LEGO® based home education.

Lego storystarter education kit

Today has been a LEGO® themed day. Last night I started a post on a book I’ve got for review, LEGO®-Based Therapy (I didn’t finish it, you’re going to have to hang on til tomorrow.) Then this morning, I got a lovely LEGO Education starter pack in the post, so our home education was brick […]

A walk in the woods

through the flower window

Yesterday we were looking for signs of season change in the garden. Today we took The Gruffalo Nature Trail book and our new nature bags, and went to the woods to look for more. I like our little local woods. Little is the operative word sadly. Apparently Suffolk has only 7% forest cover, less than […]

Saturday Snippets 27 September 2014

tissue paper dyeing

{watching} Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (Amazon). Arrived for review this morning, and was absolutely perfect for a trimmed down #familyfilmnight with just the younger two. And I enjoyed it, which was a bonus, although a film featuring Sir Patrick Stewart as a tree is always going to stand a chance with me Unlike the […]

Parenting spoons

parenting spoons

Not the parenting *of* spoons. Not quite. No, this is about the resources we all have. Anyone with chronic illness or disability has probably come across The Spoon Theory (If you haven’t, go read it. I’ll wait.) Are we all caught up? Now, I’m not going to say that parenting is like a chronic illness. […]

Saturday snippets 20 September 2014

{enjoying} a day out in London. Without children. Talking about books (new book from Lucinda Riley who remembers my review of Midnight Rose, and then having coffee with a friend. (Yes, me, having coffee, with a real live friend.) {reading} Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life. Which I’m in […]

Beautiful sunset today


Makes the fog all worthwhile

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