Summer holiday cancelled. Again. (Yes really)“How on earth do you do it?” exclaimed my friend, laughing and commiserating for me at the same time (such a thing is possible, believe me). “So much drama seems to happen around you, without you even doing anything!”

She’s right there.  My dear, ever-so-fond-of-cycling husband, a Mamil if ever there was one, has gone and broken his ankle and lower leg ever so spectacularly, meaning that our summer holiday to the French Alps is cancelled.  Again. Continue reading

Family meal out at Jamie’s Italian, St Albans – review

Jamie'sMenuWhen you think of Jamie Oliver, what comes to mind? Ok, his personality may not be to everyone’s taste, or his concept of food on a budget within everyone’s budget, but I can’t help admiring his passion and sheer enthusiasm for what he believes in – preparing good, fresh food and empowering others to know how to do the same.  At least, that’s how he comes across to me.  In fact, and this is surprising even to myself, I can’t help but write the word ‘authenticity’ when I think of him, even if he does know a few things about self-promotion…

So when I was asked to review his Jamie’s Italian restaurant, I immediately was up for it.   Continue reading

(End of Primary) School Report

Best Teacher cardMy daughter is about to leave primary school.  It’s an emotional time for us all, but particularly me as I know how she has thrived in the small, relatively cosy environment that she has enjoyed for the past 7 years.  My nerves about secondary school are probably greater than hers, but they’re mixed in with a nice dollop of excitement too.  More on that in another post!

We received her report the other day, her last one for this era.  I honestly don’t think I could’ve read a better, more glowing report.

Forget the SATS results, the new ‘Working Above, At or Towards age related’ levels system that the government have introduced, forget how well she’s progressed in ‘working mathematically’ or in ‘reading with understanding’.  Don’t get me wrong, these weren’t bad, in fact, far from it she’s done incredibly well.  But what jumped off the page for me were the teacher’s general comments: Continue reading

‘Chain-tasking’ in June

The Never Ending To-Do List

“Chain what?” I hear you say. “Chain-tasking.”

Is it a new way of delegating that most delightful of girl’s summer activities, making daisy chains? Nope. It’s a new word that came to my tired little brain today that best describes what the month of June has forced me to do.  Going from one task to another, to another, to another, with very little pause for healthy breath, much like you do when chain-smoking.

Olympic multi-tasking was another that frequently flitted past my consciousness this month, but that’s a phrase, not a word, and I was inspired today by Post40Bloggers weekly Writing Prompt: Invent a New Word. Continue reading

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