Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Sep22

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith doesn’t publish a new book very often. A literary author, she published her first novel, White Teeth, at the age of 25. White Teeth was the first really big, thick book I’d read. At that time, I was reading 200 page chick-lit books. White Teeth was something entirely different. And a whole lot better. I loved it so much I can still remember lines from it to this day. I realise I’ve read all but one of...

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Preparing for first pointe shoes
Sep21

Preparing for first pointe shoes

At the start of this year, my daughter started simultaneously working on both her Grade 4 and Grade 5 in ballet. Her Grade 5 class included girls ranging in age from two school years above her right up to a girl who could drive! Every week the Grade 5 (or Intermediate Foundation) class had an extra lesson preparing for pointe work, working on strengthening exercises. And in the spring, most of the older girls got their pointe shoes....

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Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!
Sep20

Work at home or work in an office – what’s easier?!

I’ve been working at home for myself for three and a half years and I have to say I love it. I love being able to take the kids (well, just one kid now) to school and pick them (him) up again. I love that I can go to sports days or assemblies if I need to. I love that I can sometimes even take a sneaky day off. By comparison, work in an office was pretty full-on. I had to be out of the house earlier, I worked all day, then I...

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The new school – settling in
Sep19

The new school – settling in

So my daughter has been at her new school a couple of weeks now. And it’s felt like a complete whirlwind. On the one hand, I wonder where the time has gone to. On the other hand, it feels like she has been there forever. It’s hard to describe how immaculate she looks when she leaves the house every day. And how tiny she looks in her grown up clothes – especially next to her biggest brother who is at the same school....

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My daughter’s 50th Parkrun
Sep18

My daughter’s 50th Parkrun

On Saturday 2nd September, my daughter ran her 50th Parkrun. We started on the same day in May 2015. She never fell in love with it like I did. It was only ever something she just did. Often, she didn’t even enjoy it. She missed Parkrun for panto and other stuff kids do on a Saturday morning. She missed it because she just didn’t feel like doing it and didn’t want to do it any more. So I didn’t force her. But...

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