Coming Out of Hibernation

The sun came out today.  It came out to the point that I actually dared to hang out some washing on the line (it didn’t dry – it was too cold).  It came out to the point that I threw open the doors to the back garden with a plan to tidy it (I didn’t... Continue Reading →


My Son Has a Doll. The End.

When my children wrote their Christmas lists for Santa, the contents were not that surprising based on what their interests are.   My daughter wrote hers very studiously and in great detail.   I helped my son with his, given that he is only three.  His list was just the loveliest list.   It comprised two things: Loads... Continue Reading →

President Trumpypants

So, here we are, watching our friends on the other side of the pond as they begin a new era with a new President.  I know emotions are high and there are many feeling a lot of anxious feelings today about what will happen now. I watched the inauguration with my children.  I’d like to... Continue Reading →

Finding Your January Happy Things

Tuesday.  Not quite a Monday but edging closer to the beginning of normal life resuming on Wednesday, and the official proper start of January.  Ordinarily normal life would resume today, but an inset day at my daughter’s school has given us a brief reprieve. So this morning we (me, the kids) allowed ourselves to be... Continue Reading →

Coming Around Again

I watched Suicide Squad for the first time this week and really enjoyed it, not least for the array of talented actors in it but because it had Jared Leto as The Joker; a part he played really well.   Reading about it after I saw it, I was surprised to learn that Mr Leto is... Continue Reading →

Keeping a Diary In An Online World

I’m feeling a bit inspired this morning after watching a lovely little feature on BBC Breakfast about diary writing.  As is the way with these things, I caught the end but it was enough to spark my interest.  It was about how common diary writing used to be and how some children do still like... Continue Reading →

Awesome Garden Centre

Now, if you've said to me ten/fifteen years ago that I would one day describe a Garden Centre as awesome, I would have chuckled smugly and sloped away in disgust.   How times change.   I do appreciate the value of the modern Garden Centre and there is no more fun a time to go than Christmas.... Continue Reading →

Night Owls

Are you a night owl or a morning worm or whatever they’re called? (Early bird?)  Society seems to like it if we fit neatly into one or the other and I think I’m probably more night owl but not because I’m particularly good at staying up late and then fighting fit the next day, its... Continue Reading →

Growing Into a Bigger Boy

The first thing my two-year-old said to me this morning was that he was a 'Bigger Boy'.  I'd gone into his room to wake him up (usually unheard of and never at times I prefer, such as the weekend).  I had his clothes ready and his sister was already dressed for school.  In all honesty,... Continue Reading →

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