Animals
Nov25

Animals

We share the world with them. But how much do kids really know about animals? Not a lot, it would seem. LG age 4 1/2: Do you think anyone has ever been poo-ed on by a bird? LG age 4 3/4: What colour sick is bird sick? LG age 4 3/4: Can nits talk? LG age 4 3/4: How do spiders get in trees? LG age 4 3/4: Has anyone in this country ever seen a Gruffalo? B1 age 9 1/2: Do birds stand on this path? B1 age 9 1/2: Can lions escape from zoos?...

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Random mysteries
Nov25

Random mysteries

A few questions are so random that I don’t know the answers and have never needed to know the answers. Although my kids clearly do need to know the answers. LG age 4 1/2: Why are people having it now? (Pizza Express at 3.30pm) B1 age 9 1/4: Why hadn’t they invented plastic in Victorian times? B1 age 9 1/4: If you were on a bridge above the clouds and it collapsed, would you die? B1 age 9 1/4: Could you boil milk in a...

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Disorganised
Nov24

Disorganised

Every year I have lots of wrapping paper and Christmas cards left over. So this year I thought I would be really organised and not buy new ones. I would simply use up the leftovers. If only I had been organised enough to check whether I actually HAD any leftovers. On the wrapping paper front, I had the remnants of a VERY creased roll of paper with dogs on. Festive, Christmas dogs. What is that about?! Why did I ever buy that?! My...

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Italy part 2
Nov23

Italy part 2

You can read part 1 here On our first morning in Malcesine, I woke up to discover I had no voice. I wasn’t ill. I just had no voice. None at all. The boiling hot weather and bright sunshine we had been promised was not in evidence. It was humid, but it was raining. We went out to meet the various in-laws – my sister-in-law and husband to be, his parents, my mother-in-law and her partner and my brother-in-law and his son...

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Italy part 1
Nov22

Italy part 1

I’ve mentioned it in passing. Now it’s time for the full, unabridged version of our legendary trip to Italy. If my in-laws are reading this, it WAS a lovely holiday, a lovely wedding and a lovely place. But somehow we didn’t really get on with it. My family doesn’t do foreign holidays. For us, holidays aren’t all about lazing about in the sun or sightseeing, they are just about relaxing and getting away...

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