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Will it be you?

Thirty thousand is the price to pay Lives worth less than money Less than “freedom” Less than convenience But who will they be? Will it be me Will it be you Will it be someone we love Will it be someone unknown whose loss precludes a life bringing change and wonder Are our lives less … Continue reading Will it be you?

RED January Review

I already shared some pictures of my RED January efforts. Its the first time that I’ve participated in an effort like that, I did some last year but not officially and didn’t run every day. I quite wanted to look back and reflect on how I coped, what I learned and plan what I’m going … Continue reading RED January Review

Blue Scooby

Scooby Memories

We recently said goodbye to our second Subaru Impreza. Himself has had a long history of affection for scoobies, so he’s going to help write this post. He’s a self-confessed petrolhead, long since a member of various web forums, lover of Top Gear and The Grand Tour, huge consumer of motor racing autobiographies, and if … Continue reading Scooby Memories

Sunlight piercing through green trees

Small Joys Tag

Even with all the challenges of 2020, Christmas is a time to be joyful. A big thank you to Michelle from Boomer Eco Crusader for tagging me in the Small Joys Tag. This is a fun tag where I get to share 15 things, and 5 bloggers, that make me happy and bring joy to my … Continue reading Small Joys Tag

Silverstone campsite at sunset

Silver Linings

Tens of millions infected. More than a million dead. Businesses crippled. Nearly everyone’s lives upended in ways great and small. All because of COVID-19, which made 2020 a terrible year even for those of us lucky enough to have not been personally touched by the virus. But as we enter 2021 — with all the … Continue reading Silver Linings

Silverstone campsite at sunset

Here comes 2021

A year ago I wrote my first looking forward post to 2020. After the awful, disastrous year we had in 2019 I didn’t ask for much. I’m not making resolutions – I just want 2020 to be less painful than 2019 please. Please. And, well, 2020 was certainly a rollercoaster but it wasn’t as painful … Continue reading Here comes 2021

Vibrant but imperfect sunflower

Finding Weakness

Or “I’m not as strong as you think I am” We all see post and self-help articles, memes and books, every day that tell us we are strong, that we are stronger than we believe, that we can find our inner strength in adversity. Well, here I’m talking about the opposite. Sometimes we do find … Continue reading Finding Weakness

Silverstone campsite at sunset

An ode to my pyjamas

In the days before, when things weren’t strange Pyjamas were bedtime attire, Useful and needed for warmth in the dark Keeping us cosy in the cold of the night. . But hiding indoors away from all people In isolation, quiet and calmness or chaos Grasping for connection and missing old faces, We’ll take any comfort. … Continue reading An ode to my pyjamas

Christmas Tag

Some Christmas Tags

The Christmas Tag The wonderful Undaunted Adventure has created a lovely new Christmas Tag to share some love between us bloggers. I’m totally thrilled to be nominated in the kick off post. Then a little while later the fabulous Chehak at ChehakChirps and the lovely Gemma at This Brit’s Life tagged me too. The Christmas … Continue reading Some Christmas Tags

Happy Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving 2020

We live in the UK, so for us Thanksgiving is usually some far off celebration that doesn’t mean very much to us, not unlike Bastille Day or Indian Independence Day. For me, it means a lovely quiet week at work as my company has a large presence in California and the North East of the … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2020

Scotland football team celebrating a win on penalties

Emotional Football

Or “why watching football with your dad is important for boys”. (Where “dad” means father figure, male respected adult, whatever, just someone not in the “soft and fuzzy” stereotype.) Now, I’m sure that anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I’m fiercely anti-stereotypes and pro-equality and fairness in the face of … Continue reading Emotional Football

misty poppy fields


11 November 2020 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morningWe will remember them. Today I’m remembering the fallen, the sacrifices, the efforts of those involved in and affected by war. I’m remembering … Continue reading Remembering

Lake, shoreline, rocks, boys, sunshine reflection

Keep Up!

How to go for an autumnal walk with the kids in, well, a whole bunch of easy catch phrases. Right, wellies on! Do your coats up, don’t want to freeze. Don’t run across the car park. How can you need a wee? You went before we left. Keep up with Dad please. Watch where you’re … Continue reading Keep Up!

Caption "Lessons in Loss" above clouds low in the sky at sunset

Lessons in Loss

I think about loss from time to time, as you probably know if you’re a regular reader over here. I’ve discussed recovery from loss of a baby and other people’s reactions. But, we don’t only struggle or grieve over the loss of a person – whether they were fully-formed or not. Sometimes loss is part … Continue reading Lessons in Loss

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

October 2020 Reading

I’ve decided to do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy Artemis Fowl Artemis is this rich kid who captures and studies fairies and robs banks. He gets attacked by the fairy … Continue reading October 2020 Reading

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award 2

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer-recognition award given by bloggers to other super creative, talented, and entertaining bloggers. It is an excellent way of opening yourself to the community and your readers and brings overall positivity to the blogging community. It’s a great feeling to know that other … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award 2

Hallowtober tag

Hallotober Tag

Exciting Halloween fun for all Bloggers Who doesn’t love a bloggers tag. This Hallotober tag is spooky Halloween fun for bloggers to join in with. It is perfect for those who love this time of year or if you’re joining in with Blogtober this year. The Rules Thank the person who tagged you and link … Continue reading Hallotober Tag

Blackboard with a poster saying "the homework dilemma"

The homework dilemma

I know homework for primary school children can be a contentious topic. In 2017 an OFSTED report stated that more than 30% of parents don’t think its helpful. Indeed, its recently caused lots of chat in large boy’s class parent’s Facebook group. I certainly found in year 1 that there was a lot to deal … Continue reading The homework dilemma

Caption "Modern day corsets" with the backdrop of a pink pinched in corset

Modern day corsets

Warning: I’m feeling a bit ranty. If you disagree with this post, please don’t take it as a judgement or personal attack. I use my blog as an outlet for random thoughts and this is one of those posts. I’ve been seeing these adverts all over on Instagram lately. Adverts for body shaping solutions, basically … Continue reading Modern day corsets

Caption "29 Hours and a test" with the backdrop of a stock photo with a COVID test

29 hours and a test

So the boys went back to school the first Wednesday of September 2020. On the first Monday of September 2020, 6 days later after just 4 days in school, amounting to 29 hours including their breakfast and afterschool clubs, large boy spiked a 39.4°C temperature and they were both sent home. Booking a test After … Continue reading 29 hours and a test

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

August 2020 Reading

I’ve decided to do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan Apollo is still Lester, a human teenager. He has to defeat Triphinus, the dark Oracle … Continue reading August 2020 Reading

HotWheels cars and launcher

Pause and play

Contradictory title right? Well, yeah kinda. But let me explain. The other day large boy spent an hour chatting with his best mate on my phone and multitasking playing together on Roblox on the tablet. This left small boy and I at a loose end. What should we do together? Spurned were ideas of reading, … Continue reading Pause and play

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Yey!! I’ve been nominated for an award! A big thank you to my fellow blogger who nominated me, the lovely Lindsay from Live Parent Teach Repeat. The Liebster Award is by bloggers for bloggers. The award is a great way to “pay it forward” in the blogging community, encouraging us bloggers to keep discovering others in … Continue reading The Liebster Award

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

July 2020 Reading

I’ve decided to do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting a section – books only! Large boy Jack Stalwart 3 France: the Mystery of the Mona Lisa by Elizabeth Singer Hunt Well, come bedtime on 1st July large … Continue reading July 2020 Reading


Review: Dobble

It’s still only a few weeks since small boy’s birthday so we’re working our way through his new games. We loved Bug Bingo and this weekend we decided to give Dobble a go. This was another Amazon wishlist purchase: Getting Started Inside the packaging (bah humbug, too much unnecessary plastic) there’s a lovely compact … Continue reading Review: Dobble

Bug Bingo box

Review: Bug Bingo

Some lovely friends bought Bug Bingo for small boy for his fifth birthday. We’d first seen it in a National Trust gift shop and put it on his Amazon wishlist last autumn. Its a totally gorgeous game. Physically, its tough and well made, the cards have weight to them and the board is foldable – … Continue reading Review: Bug Bingo

School bags and coats piled and ready to go

The Home Stretch?

As we approach the end of the summer term in England, its tempting to feel like this is the home stretch towards a brighter reality without the weight of home learning hanging around our necks. I’m bracing myself though, for that being totally unrealistic. School Holidays After the end of term comes school holidays. Not … Continue reading The Home Stretch?

Kindle and mug of tea sitting in the sun

June 2020 Reading

This is not a sponsored review, I didn’t receive anything for writing it. Any links are not sponsored either, I won’t be compensated if you click on them. I’ve decided to do a monthly round up for everything we’ve read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he’s not getting … Continue reading June 2020 Reading

all set for small boy's birthday

And now he’s five

Nostalgia strikes again. What is it about kids birthdays that makes us look back at their birth and how they’ve changed each year? Five years ago, a nice calm scheduled C section put an end to the three weeks of slow labour and the five weeks of boredom since starting maternity leave early, convinced we … Continue reading And now he’s five

Bright yellow paper plat sunshine

Simple pleasures

Taking a minute to pause and enjoy simplicity is so good for feeling more positive. I had a compressed day at work yesterday, trying to do at least three things at once through most of the day, squeezing in home learning too. It was non-stop and I was feeling hassled and stressed. After dinner, while … Continue reading Simple pleasures

cherry blossom, miscarriage, memorial tree


I was going to write a post yesterday about boy3’s not first birthday. But it all feels a bit strange. I’ve written before about some excellent advice from a friend: There’s only one first time. She’s very right. 17th June 2019 was the first time we lived through boy3’s birthday without him. It was meant … Continue reading Non-birthday

Holding small boy's hand

Missing things

So far I’ve been coping pretty well with lockdown. I’m used to being stuck in the house all day and working remotely, himself keeps out of the way and the boys get on pretty well and have mostly been OK doing school work. We’ve adapted to a new normal routine and that’s ok. However, there … Continue reading Missing things


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