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Permission to Take Leave 

When you want to take your child out of school, or book a day’s holiday from work, a permission slip is required. A signature from the person in charge to say that it’s ok, you’re allowed, and you’ve gone through the correct channels to seek that permission. But what about when you want time off as […] Read more…

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Farewell {Loud ‘n’ Proud}

I don’t really like goodbyes. Whatever door is being closed, there’s always a dose of nostalgia to accompany it. Bidding farewell to another school year is no exception. This week we said goodbye to Year 10, Year 8 and Year 5. It’s been a whirlwind, it really has, but we’ve packed so much in to the last […] Read more…

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Top 10 Bedtime Stalling Techniques

Parenting…..with every new phase, comes a new challenge. Just when one finally ceases to be an issue, another one miraculously rears its head. But there is one ‘challenge’ that trumps them all. One that seems to have stood the test of time: bedtime stalling. This particular ‘challenge’ seems to have serious longevity, commencing from the […] Read more…

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How Can We Reduce Our Sugar Intake?

There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently, about the average British person’s sugar intake being dangerously over the recommended daily amount. Health experts suggest no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from added sugar (about 7 level teaspoons) typically found in sweetened drinks, cereals, confectionary, fruit juice and sugar added at […] Read more…

Buddies

Photo of the Week 29 / Buddies

This little scene caught my eye one rainy morning before breakfast.  It captures the relationship between ‘It’ and The Boy, so beautifully. These two have a special understanding you see – when the going gets tough (e.g. the girls get too noisy and mummy gets too shouty) they retreat. Hide away from the noise. The girls both love to […] Read more…

Summer Holiday Survival Guide

A Summer Holiday Survival Guide

The school reports have been scrutinised, the end of year play has been endured enjoyed and the teacher presents have been purchased (well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad). Yes folks, we’ve *almost* reached that moment, the one we’ve been longing for – the last day of the school year. I, along with many others […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 28 / Reliving Our Youth

It’s not the best photo but it’s one of the only ones I took on our very uncharacteristic, but mad dash in to The Big Smoke last night. We were meeting up with one of the OH’s ex-uni friends, who emigrated to Sydney about 15 years ago. This was our view from The Anchor on Bankside, seemingly THE […] Read more…

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The Day That Was

Today was the day. The one that we’ve been preparing for, for the last 6 months. The day that The Teenager took her Grade 5 piano exam. This was the 10th music exam that I have had the nerve-wracking ‘pleasure’ of driving her to. The 10th time I’ve sat nervously in the waiting room, wondering if the face […] Read more…

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What’s New at Harry Potter World ?

As a blogger, I write. Obviously. You might be fooled into thinking that’s all I do. 24/7. Wrong! On occasion we get invited to fun places. For free! This month’s ‘fun place’ was Harry Potter World London, based in Watford. Yes we’ve been before, but what I LOVE about the Warner Bros Studio Tour – […] Read more…

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Summer Term Madness

“Don’t forget to get your music and flute together” I yelled at The Teenager, as she got herself ready for school this morning. She dutifully placed it at the bottom of the stairs, ready for me to put into the car for her lesson this afternoon. It wasn’t until an hour or so later, that I realised […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 27 / Doing Our Thing

In many ways, it’s felt a bit like being on a conveyor belt this week….unpack bags (from France for us and school trip for The Teenager), do washing, attend sports day, complete forms, go to meetings, run errands, re-pack bags for yet another school trip. Ever get those weeks? When you don’t seem to really […] Read more…

My Grandparents

To Have and To Hold

It all began in 1942; the year my grandparents committed to spending the rest of their lives together. Their wedding took place during World War II and for the first year of married life, my Grandad was stationed away from home. Times were hard but they muddled through. For richer, for poorer. They went on to […] Read more…

Unrequited Love

Unrequited Love

At 7am on Friday morning, The Teenager left for her school trip to France. To call it a ‘fond farewell’ would be carrying my old friend ‘artistic license’ a tad too far. An air kiss followed by a regimental hug (a very one-sided one at that) would be a more adequate description. I’m not sure how it happened, but my eldest child is independent with […] Read more…

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