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book
Jan 03

2015 was the year that I, along with a few good friends, decided to set up a book group. We all have busy lives, but we thought a book group would be a great way of making reading a top priority, while also expanding our literary tastes. For me, it has certainly achieved both of […]

beanbag
Jul 20

I’ve heard many of my parent friends say that the summer holidays are when they “get their children back”. The final few weeks of the summer term are so busy with sports day, summer fêtes, music showcases, prize-giving, school reports and school trips, that it’s an achievement (and relief), to make it through to the […]

typewriter
Apr 27

Today is National Tell a Story Day. To mark the occasion, Room to Grow asked several bloggers to take part in their Storytelling Challenge. Each of us were asked to come up with a story theme, including a character, setting and object, which would be passed to the blogger we had been paired with. Likewise, we would receive from them […]

bookshelf
Nov 30

Not everyone’s a reader, my husband included. But I, on the other hand, have been collecting books since I was a child. Over the past 30 or so years I have amassed a pretty big collection, and hats off to my husband for allowing me to turn our small fourth bedroom into my own personal […]

the goldfinch
Jul 14

At the beginning of the year, one of my many resolutions was to try and read at least one book a month. Little did I know that resolution would be completely thrown out the window when I picked up Donna Tartt’s epic new novel The Goldfinch…but hand on heart, it was completely worth breaking my […]

The Husband's Secret
Feb 07

A survey published this week found that mothers have on average just 17 minutes of ‘me time’ a day. Apparently these moments of peace are spent reading a book, having a (hot!) cup of tea, or watching soaps on TV. Reading will always win hands down for me, with a hand-crafted coffee running in close […]

hotel room
Aug 03

Sunday evening I stayed in a central London hotel, all by myself. Yes, that’s right…all by myself! I admit that my stay was purely for work reasons. I had an early start the next day and didn’t want to be contending with Olympics travel chaos. But despite the work agenda, the overnight stay turned out […]

pile of books
Apr 20

This week I have had a small identity crisis. It’s a bit of a cliché – you become a Mum and suddenly you see yourself being plonked at the bottom of the pile. Slowly but surely your identity gets chipped away at, until one day you realise that you don’t really have one anymore. I’m […]

Pre-school blocks
Mar 08

Earlier this week we confirmed Little I’s start date for pre-school. Her birthday falls in May and so her free early education place will begin on 1 September, but since she doesn’t yet go to any nursery, my husband and I have decided that it would be good for her to begin two mornings a […]

Making marks final
Jan 25

I write this blog for a variety of reasons, and I find they are evolving all of the time…but my main motivation initially was so that I would have a creative outlet for jotting down my thoughts and observations as a first-time parent. I don’t profess to know anything of significance regarding child development, other […]

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