Back to school musings

Our house has been re-arranging itself this week after a summer of pyjama mornings and staying up too late nights.  Half of its occupants have set their alarm clocks, buttoned themselves back into school uniforms, shouted goodbye at a quarter to nine and left behind a trail of cereal dishes and the fading beat of … Continue reading Back to school musings

Weekend Report

General atmosphere in this house: Sleepy. Heavy-eyelidded. One teenager came back from Reading Festival at gone three this morning, one adult stayed awake to let him back in, the other (me) fell asleep but kept waking up to check if everyone was home. One teenager is worn out from being away for two weeks on … Continue reading Weekend Report

On continuing to read with your kids

Like many parents, my husband and I have always read with our children.  When they were babies, we read fairy stories and nursery rhymes to them and gave them board books to chew and dribble over.  Touch-and-feel books were popular, as were lift-the-flap books (usually reinforced with triple layer sellotape to cater for even the most boisterous of … Continue reading On continuing to read with your kids

A busy few weeks

If this blog was a room in your house, I'd be rushing into it, refusing your offer of a cup of tea, calling my news over my shoulder and rushing out again.  Various events have made my life busy recently, not least my teenage daughter finishing her GCSE exams, attending her Year 11 Prom (when … Continue reading A busy few weeks

This Writer’s Life

On the one hand the cliché of that title, on the other hand the article is off and running and you're reading it (thank you, by the way). On the one hand I will miss the friends I've made during the last 18 months when I've been reading aloud every week with people living with … Continue reading This Writer’s Life

The biggest adventure of all

'Adventure', the theme of this week's Photo Challenge, made me think about some of the quite exciting (but tame compared to most people's) adventures I've had in my life: travelling alone across Europe in my late teens; working in Paris and Monaco for three years as a children's Nanny in my early twenties; living and working … Continue reading The biggest adventure of all