Sunday Scrapbook – Unexplained Exhaustion

No proper recappy post this week – it was just a week of school pick ups, drop offs, and numerous after school clubs. It culminated in the kids being asleep before 6pm on Friday night and me nodding off on the sofa about 10 minutes after I put them to bed! But then yesterday I had no energy to get going in the morning, and then when we got home from an afternoon out I fell asleep again for almost two hours – leaving the kids to fend for themselves! I don’t think they even realised I was asleep actually as they were chilling out in front of the telly! I’m not sure if it’s a case of the holidays utterly exhausting me, the slight cold that I can’t get…

share this:

Athena & Arlo – September 2018

Both the kids are at school (or preschool/childminders) now five days a week again and I must say I am enjoying having time to sort the house out, work and have five minutes peace now and then! The holidays shot by and we actually only made it to the local park once, the day before Athena went back to school! But the kids always love posing on the ‘chair tree’! And the obligatory ‘first day back at school even though it was the fourth because I forgot’ photo… I always love a beach-snap but it’s not often we’re on Brighton beach as the sun goes down, but we had a little explore for ‘special stones’ after seeing Paw Patrol live last weekend at the Brighton Centre! The kids have the…

share this:

Opinions: Are the school summer holidays too long?

Every year there’s an outcry from critics about the length of school summer holidays. The debate has been rumbling on for years. As far back as the 1970s, education pundits and politicians have been advocating the idea of a four or five-term year. Back in 2012, Sir Greg Martin (former head of Durand Academy in South London) wrote that ‘school holidays are a pointless relic of the past’. Many have written about the folly of the long summer break, noting that the three-term school calendar is an out-dated Victorian system. But the current system also has its supporters. The argument is that the long school summer holidays are a necessity, both for teachers and children to recharge. But, do most of us just accept the three-term year because it is ingrained…

share this:

Four things I’d love in my future garden

Top of the list of ‘things our next home needs to have’ is a garden. It doesn’t need to be a big one, it just needs to be some outdoor space, with enough room for a table and chairs and some space for the kids to run about in. I’d love to be able to do messy play outside, let them climb, jump and practise gymnastics, eat outdoors in the summer and maybe even work out there myself! Here are the four qualities my dream garden would have: Somewhere to grow a few veggies I’ve toyed with the idea of getting an allotment as there are a few near us, but not only are the waiting lists years long they’re a LOT of work and I think it would be…

share this:

Little Loves – August 18

Blimming heck, August literally just started and suddenly it’s over! I’ve managed to pack a lot into it, apart from sleep! We did two festivals, starting August at Chilled in a Field and then the Bank Holiday weekend at The Big Feastival. We also did day trips to London Zoo and Chessington, plus lots of seeing friends. Annoyingly Athena came down with some sort of V&D bug and hasn’t been herself for a few days, she’s just been napping and chilling on the sofa so we’ve had a few days at home recently but to be honest it’s been quite nice to just hang out at home (and it means I’m tackling laundry mountain finally!) So here’s my August ‘Little Loves’…   Read I read nine books this month (see my…

share this:

Me and Mine in August 2018

Despite spending the vast majority of the month together we’ve not managed to take a sensible family photo this month on any of our many days out and weekends away, ce la vie! So I give you two selfies, one from our day out at Chessington and one at The Big Feastival, and also a photo of us all wearing masks at London Zoo. I think these pictures sum our month of fun pretty well to be fair, and we were too busy having fun to take a tripod somewhere and set up a proper shot! Sam is: Enjoying being a driving instructor! Playing LOTS of a game on his playstation that I can’t remember the name of. [I asked, it’s The Division] enjoying reading the kids their bedtime story. This…

share this:

The Big Feastival 2018

The Big Feastival is a family-friendly, food orientated festival that is held each year on Alex James’ farm. He used to be the bassist in Blur so knows his music but is now apparently an enthusiastic cheese maker and farmer, and has created and cultivated an amazing weekend! The Big Feastival is held on the August bank holiday in the Cotswolds, and this year we were invited along for the weekend, and I’m so glad we were because despite the rain and stormy skies we had an absolute blast! For ease I’m going to divide my review up into sections, so you can skip to the parts you’re most interested in – though there really is something for everyone! You can also see the weekend in a video too, click…

share this: