all the bags and shoes ready for back to school
Children, Learning

School’s Out 2021

Wow, that's it. The last day of school for the 2020-2021 school year. And what a year it's been! From the countdown last September, through an almost-immediate COVID scare, Christmas and another round of home learning, more school holidays in lockdown over February half term, and then back to in-school learning (thank goodness). The boys… Continue reading School’s Out 2021

Large boy and a rainbow
Children, Crafts, Family, Food, Games, Reading

Lockdown half term

I love using my blog as a bit of a diary. I documented our 2019 summer holiday, the weekly churn of the first lockdown and our 2020 summer roadtrip. So this half term holiday has been a bit odd. Usually, at February half term, the boys would be in a holiday club somewhere. Usually, as… Continue reading Lockdown half term

Home made pommes de terre Sarladais
Food, Making stuff, Travel

Making stuff 2: An Attempt at Replicating Holiday Food

One of the yummiest things we ate on holiday this year was pommes de terre Sarladais. They're amazing. Starch which is a good start. Waxy potatoes slow cooked and melt in the mouth, almost translucent. I decided to have a try myself. I thought they'd go well with Nigella's tarragon chicken. I found a recipe… Continue reading Making stuff 2: An Attempt at Replicating Holiday Food

Travel

Holiday 2019 D16

Another dreadful night; too hot, too cold, sore knees, brain whirring, awake since 4.20am and just dozed since then. Alarm at 7am, showers and breakfast. We checked out of the hotel and himself went to fetch the car as it was raining. However, he came back quickly to say the car had been broken into.… Continue reading Holiday 2019 D16

Holding small boy's hand
Children, Travel

Holiday 2019 D12

Small boy woke up a bit earlier this morning - a fly in his room apparently. He was persuaded back to bed with remarkable ease and eventually we got up at 8.30am. I took the boys to get bread, croissants and pain au chocolats. It was a bit chilly so fleecy (£4 bargain H&M) dinosaur… Continue reading Holiday 2019 D12