Dreading the Summer Holidays? Think again….

“The clock, for all its precision in measurement, is a blunt instrument for the psyche and for society” Jay Griffiths

Two years ago, I wrote this post as the summer holidays drew to a close.  If I’d read the newspaper article that inspired it earlier, I most definitely would have posted it before the holidays: it’s a fantastic reminder of the priceless value of down time that the 6 week break brings and that our kids so desperately need.  So, for those of you feeling a tight knot in your stomach building as the term draws to a close, read on! It won’t make the sibling spats and interruptions every 60 seconds any easier, but it will help you see value in those 6 weeks….

‘Back to School: Goodbye Kairos, Hello Chronos’

My two went back to school this week.

It’s always a week that I greet with mixed emotions.  Glee that I get some peace & quiet, time to read, write, swim, or simply shop without harassment or interference. No longer having to answer ‘yes’ to my son’s “Mummy” 40 times a day is a welcome relief, or to act as referee to increasing sibling spats as they get progressively fed up with each other.
But it’s almost always equalised with a sense of deep sadness that something very rare and precious in their lives has ended, at least for a season: the season of what is best termed ‘Kairos’. Continue reading

This time last year….school’s not out – but it darn well should be!

A year ago exactly, I wrote the post below.  You’d be forgiven for thinking me lazy in re-posting it, but I have good reason, honest!  I was reading Suzanne’s post Are we nearly there yet? from 3childrenandit earlier this week which reminded me of this.  When I re-read it, two things struck me:  one, that nearly all of it I could’ve written today to the letter, even more so since I’ve been juggling work with end of term-itis this year, and two, one key thing has changed for the better – and its a good ‘un!  I’ll let you read the post first, and then i’ll tell you what it is…… Continue reading

Bespoke Badges, Phone covers, T-shirts with Camaloon

Blog Badge on me

Those of you who are parent bloggers will know that last weekend was THE event of the year for parent bloggers namely, BritMums Live: when hundreds of bloggers (mainly women, save a few brave men) gather together to see each other in the flesh, talk, go to seminars to learn more about blogging, drink too much wine, eat tiny nibbles and generally have fun.  I haven’t yet blogged about it (my head has been straight back in the book project I’m working on) but I’m hoping I might yet. Continue reading

What’s the Story? Fathers & Sons

I love photography, as those of you who follow me will have gathered by now.  I used to post a photo every Sunday called Silent Sunday, joining up with large number of other bloggers, posting a photo of the week with no words.

Much as I love that concept, I sometimes think a few words bring out the richness of a photo, and an exquisitely fab photographer and blogger, Charly from the blog Podcast, runs a perfect linky called What’s the Story.  The photo doesn’t have to be from the past week, so I love this idea, nor do I have to post it on a Sunday (a day i like to be off technology).

As it was Father’s Day yesterday, I thought this photo perfect for my first here’s my first What’s the Story?….

Father & Son silhouette

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The Best & Cheapest Father’s Day present….

Garden TentI don’t know about you, but its a rare man who actually wants his female friend to go out and splash the cash on things he really doesn’t want for Fathers Day – unless it’s on a power drill, hedge trimmer, Maserati car or a crate of beer.  The first two are too dull for a sane woman to part with her cash for.  The fast car is for those who wouldn’t be reading this post.  And we can probably manage resort to the latter. Continue reading

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