Blackberry picking

Photo of the week 35 / A Quiet Life

I had a strange feeling that the summer of 2014, might well be the last that we would spend together. Not that anyone was planning a ‘great escape’ you understand, just that it might be the last year that The Teenager would want to spend time with the rest of us. I therefore planned loads of days out and fun […] Read more…

Walking in the meadow

I had a dream…

When I had a home full of pre-schoolers, I would fantasise about their first day at school. What would I do with my time? Sort, shop, meet friends, drink a coffee  to the very bottom of the cup? All of those things and more. Then that day came. The day the third one started school and it wasn’t quite […] Read more…

Chilling

Photo of the Week 34 / ‘Chilling’

It’s been a funny old week. We returned home from our 12-hour trek across France on Sunday evening, to hit Monday morning running. The OH went straight back to work and The Teenager started one week of work experience at a local vet surgery. For the rest of us it’s been a quiet week, with just me, The Drama […] Read more…

Embarrassing Mum

Falling off the pedestal

Throughout most of my children’s early years (bar the Terrible Twos which I’ve successfully blotted from the memory bank) I could do no wrong. When presented with a choice of who to sit next to, it would be me. When walking along the street, the hand they would fight for would be mine. And at bed time? […] Read more…

Geneva Harbour

Photo of the Week 33 / Sunshine and Skylines

The more observant amongst you will have noticed that my blog has been a little quieter than normal. Why? We’ve been on holiday. In fact we still are. Whilst I’ve not managed to take a complete break, I’ve only posted as and when the urge has gotten too much to bear. I’m not expecting most […] Read more…

Internet and Teenagers

Be careful what you wish for

Before going on holiday, I felt as though I needed a break from the internet; social media in particular. As much as I love it, sometimes it just becomes too much – like everyone is shouting and you don’t know which voice to listen to first. Ever been there? I knew that I would never […] Read more…

Make Up

A Glimmer of Hope

From as long as I can remember, our two girls have been at logger heads. Timehop and Facebook have kindly helped to remind me that it wasn’t ever thus, but the bickering, unkind remarks and constant put downs that we are subjected to on a daily basis, seem to cloud any of the good memories. […] Read more…

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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…

Drama

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…

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