Return to Gloucester
Dec18

Return to Gloucester

Now we have no kids at primary school, in some senses the run-up to Christmas is easier (but only in some senses). We don’t have endless Christmas concerts, plays and parties to go to. But life is still busy, even if it’s just with the normal stuff, which happens to be going on near Christmas. Take my daughter’s singing exam as a case in point. Earlier this year, my daughter took up singing lessons. She’s not...

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Ballet – doing what’s right for her, not what’s ‘right’
Dec17

Ballet – doing what’s right for her, not what’s ‘right’

For nearly two years now, my daughter has been attending three ballet classes a week. She has been simultaneously working on her Grade 4, her Grade 5 and her Intermediate Foundation syllabuses. (Intermediate Foundation is the first professional exam, so a dancer can go on to teach, it runs alongside the Grade 5.) That is a lot for a little girl to deal with, but she has thrived on it and has very rarely got confused between the...

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Silent Sunday 16.12.18
Dec16

Silent Sunday 16.12.18

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Project 365 2018 Week 50
Dec15

Project 365 2018 Week 50

The week started with two days of no work at all, then work turned manic. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 343 – Sunday 9th December – a visit to the neighbours for coffee and mince pies (I don’t actually like either of them!) was an excuse to give the Christmas jumper its first airing. I’m a bit grumpy about Christmas and I love pandas, so what could be better? A rare Sunday without football, so my...

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How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster
Dec14

How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster

A friend of mine, who has never lent me a book before, lent me How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster. The blurb certainly sounded interesting and I was looking forward to getting started. And I enjoyed it way more than I expected to. Forty-something Tara is desperate to escape the past, so she changes her name and settles in a small town in the north of England. She is sure that the new house, new town and nondescript job will be...

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