Friends, Politics & Equality, Work

You look tired…

OK, so potentially debatable opinion: I hate Zoom. Work has just switched to Zoom for conference calls and that means more video calls. I've managed to avoid them so far for the most part - himself almost always interrupts my regular Wednesday group meeting and I've started making him wave at the other participants in… Continue reading You look tired…

Children, Christmas, Writing

A Christmas Poem

As someone who usually refuses to think about getting festive until mid-December, you might be getting the impression I'm rather excited this year. I'm not. I'm actually finding life more than usually difficult. Baby boy3 is on my mind a lot and it's not easy for me to understand why. So, to try to focus… Continue reading A Christmas Poem

Nick Baker's Worm World
Children, Home & Garden, Review, Science, STEM

Review: Worm World

Small boy was very pleased to receive My Living World Worm World for his sixth birthday, back at the end of June 2021. He's always loved being in the garden and getting dirty, forever turning over plant pots to see what's lurking beneath. He was sticking his hands in the soil before he was one… Continue reading Review: Worm World

home made advent calendar of promises
Children, Christmas, Crafts

Advent Calendar Activities

For the last couple of years I've used a beautiful fabric advent calendar that my mum made to plan out a set of activities for the boys. Of course they never all go quite as planned, but we have a great time not eating chocolate. Previously I was more organised and bought them each a… Continue reading Advent Calendar Activities

Caorunn gin bottle with blue lights
Christmas, Making stuff

Christmas Prep: Light bottles

Ahem, there are some empty gin bottles in the house. Well, that's not quite true. There are lots of half-full and some almost-full gin bottles in the house, much of it homemade. But there are also quite a few empty bottles, mostly from my Craft Gin Club subscription that delivers a treat package every three… Continue reading Christmas Prep: Light bottles

home working set up, two monitors, laptop, printer, lots of mess, water bottle and jumper
Work

Exciting and scary: more progress

So a couple of months ago an exciting but scary opportunity presented itself to me at work. I'd been trundling along with the same general activities for quite a while, there are challenges and long term projects running all the time and I thought I was pretty contented. Background Earlier this year I got picked… Continue reading Exciting and scary: more progress