In praise of Year 8
Jul25

In praise of Year 8

The last few weeks of school, since before May half-term even, were relentless. I had no idea just how full-on it would be to have one child leaving primary school and one child doing his GCSEs, then finishing school early and hanging around at home asking for lifts. There have been so many events and so much driving around, it has been exhausting. I was joking about it to another parent on social media who was going through the exact...

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The final leavers’ assembly
Jul24

The final leavers’ assembly

I’d been feeling emotional for a few days about the end of primary school for my daughter – and the end of 12 years of primary school for myself. But I hadn’t cried. I was saving that for the leavers’ assembly. On Thursday, we had our last walk home from school together (because Friday would be an unusual day) and on Friday our final walk to school together. Then I stayed for the leavers’ assembly. All of...

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Silent Sunday 23.7.17
Jul23

Silent Sunday 23.7.17

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Jul21

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I heard a lot of good things about I Let You Go last year and knew I had to read it. My friend who lends me lots of books was going to lend it to me, but she forgot. So recently I bit the bullet and bought it for myself. And I wasn’t disappointed. In a split-second, a little boy is hit by a car and killed. For Jenna Gray, her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything and start again. But she is haunted by memories...

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The broken finger
Jul20

The broken finger

The other day, I got a call from school. My daughter had hurt her finger playing basketball. Yes, at the school that never does PE. Apparently, basketballs are actually really flipping heavy. It wasn’t broken, but it was painful. She’d had ice on it and had it strapped up, but could I take some Calpol to her? The first thing she said to me was: ‘I’m still going on my Scout camp!’ Of course she was, it was...

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