A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Jun23

A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I started reading A Boy made of Blocks on the day we all woke up to the horrendous news about the Manchester terrorist attack. I’d intended to read a thriller, but I felt so upset by what had happened in Manchester that I just couldn’t face anything dark and scary, even though thrillers are my absolute favourite books. So I read A Boy made of Blocks instead. It was a book I was vaguely aware of and had vaguely heard good...

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The paddling pool
Jun22

The paddling pool

For years, my daughter has asked for a paddling pool. She felt like she was the only kid in the world who didn’t have one. And, to be honest, I think she was probably right. My husband and the boys didn’t see why she needed one. And it would kill the grass anyway. Personally, I wouldn’t want to get in one – I’m a person who feels the cold and not a great lover of water. But I totally got why my daughter...

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The fuel tank and doing too much
Jun20

The fuel tank and doing too much

My husband has had a cold recently which means he’s been snoring more than usual. And he snores a lot at the best of times. I’ve taken to going to the spare room at about 3am, where I sleep very soundly until it’s nearly time to get up. But the other night I couldn’t settle. I had stuff on my mind. And the main thing keeping me awake was the thought that my daughter’s friend would be staying over in a few...

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The GCSEs are over!
Jun19

The GCSEs are over!

So that’s it. The GCSEs are over! My son took his final exam, physics, on Friday. Ten subjects, two years of learning, four months of revision and four weeks of exams are all done. I’d like to say that it flew by in no time, but I would be lying. Four weeks actually feels like a really long time. There were three exams in the first week, six in the second, seven in the third and five in the final week. Most of the subjects...

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Silent Sunday 18.6.17
Jun18

Silent Sunday 18.6.17

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