(early) Saturday snippets September 23rd 2017

{heading} for bed very soon, as Kentwell calls. Our last event of the tudor year, and it’s just me and Small attending. Which will be a little odd tbh, but also quite nice to spend a bit of time with just one child. We’ve four days, and have borrowed a caravan so at least I’m […]

Drawing exercises – blind contour drawing

Tonight I’m working from Draw People in 15 Minutes. (Amazon affiliate link, although I got it from the Works – there’s a banner ad in the sidebar/footer if you want to explore.) I’m using a 2B pencil and a Cass Art sketchbook, and the exercise is blind contour drawing. The idea is that you draw […]

What’s it all for?

When I started blogtember, it was to kick start my writing again. And it’s worked – I’ve blogged every day in September. It also hasn’t worked, because sitting at the kitchen table at 11 o clock at night, drooping with tiredness and yet not willing to go to bed because I haven’t blogged isn’t doing […]

Deschooling – a continual process

I can parrot off the law regarding education – something like a parent of a child of school age shall cause the child to receive a full time education, suitable to age, ability and aptitude. I can go further and say that a suitable education is one that fits a child for a life in […]

Slow Sunday

I woke up this morning stiff and full of pain. I should have done week 6 day 3 of couch to 5 k – there was no way that was happening. Instead it took me nearly two hours to stagger about hanging out two loads of washing with frequent rests, and by the time I’d […]

Saturday snippets 9 September 2017

{Practising} habits. Water, exercise, creativity. If I manage to cement these in for another week I’ll add something else – maybe that I clear the kitchen before internet? (This might mean I mainly clear it before bed, but that works too.) {Reading} actually I’ve stalled. I’ve been reading Lynda LaPlante Good Friday which is about […]

September goals – blog/business, family, me.

As part of blogtember, today Hannah, Katie and I are all doing our September goals post. In the future, I hope that my monthly post will also be a recap of how I’ve gone on with the month before, but I’ve promised that sort of thing in the past and failed dismally, so no promises. If I do, they’ll be modelled after this on BetterNotStop, not least as that’s where I got the idea of doing a monthly goals post. I’ve also downloaded the free planning spreadsheet but haven’t got it filled in yet.

Home education in the headlines, and on the radio

There were a number of negative headlines around home education (or homeschooling as some parts of the media will insist on calling it) following a counter terrorism speech by a senior police officer in which he mentioned the possibility of homeschooling (yes, I know) being a possible contributory factor in the rise of extremism/ home […]

Blue Monday?

I’ve struggled to get going today, even though I started with a quick painting and was actually quite pleased with it. I used Sktchy app for inspiration as Zoe described here (one of the pictures in her post might look familiar). I used to draw every day but I’ve fallen out of the habit over […]

Summer snippets part 2 – all about Joan

This is Joan. (With thanks to Mike and Allison for the picture. ) I’ve been Joan twice this summer. It’s peculiar – in the run up to Kentwell I do a lot of faffing and panicking, then there’s the actually getting there and putting up tents and then I just am. Life is both simpler […]

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