Archives for 2013

Looking back on 2014.

At the end of 2013, I wrote This time next year, Rodney…  I’ve just been to review it and I was pleasantly surprised. The business isn’t quite where I’d hoped it would be, but we’re close to that steady stream I think, and that’s not bad going after a year which saw so many businesses […]

Winter activities and bird feeder crafts.

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Outdoor family activities at this time of year can be challenging. This time between Christmas and New Year is traditionally the time that we leave the […]

Silent Sunday 29 December 2013

Silent Sunday

Saturday Snippets 28 December 2013

{discovering} previously unknown levels of self restraint! when I walked away from a twitter discussion about home education and child abuse and then stayed away for several hours. {eating} fridge bottom feast, where the fridge was also the reduced section of the coop fridge. Sherry trifle reduced to 75p! {watching} Planet 51. Surprisingly good animation […]

Getting back into SF

This last week I’ve been reading some John Scalzi. Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades. Set in a future where humans have started sending out colonies and discovered that the universe has a lot of other species doing the same, and most of them aren’t friendly. Which means they need soldiers to protect the […]

I’ve learnt something new this year.

I’ve found out that Christmas can be fun. You have to not expect too much, of yourself, or anyone else. Then that perfect present (an internet radio gizmo thing so that I can have country music in the kitchen) really is quite wonderfully unexpected and overwhelmingly thoughtful and perfect. Carefully chosen presents for other people, […]

Christmas day 2013

Presents.  Food Family and more food. Finishing with a spot of Doctor Who. (Although Doctor Why Bother sounds reasonably fitting. ) I hope you have all had a wonderful day.

That last minute present panic.

Yesterday I audited the presents. I don’t go mad at Christmas – for starters with four children we just don’t have the money to do it. And the kids get stuff through the year as and when they need it, or for review 😉 so they aren’t particularly low on anything. But Smallest could do […]


It’s a bit late to be making Christmas presents and plans. Except it isn’t. It’s never too late to accept that you’ve made mistakes and you can do things a little better. Every day a tiny bit better. So today I took another bag of stuff to a charity shop. Sorted another corner of the […]

Silent Sunday 22 December 2013

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