My son, the art project and the unexpectedly pleasant afternoon
Feb28

My son, the art project and the unexpectedly pleasant afternoon

Over half-term, my son had to do an unusual GCSE art project. He’d been given very little briefing on it, but basically he needed to get outside and create something – a piece of ‘land art’. His responses to this idea were that it was ‘trash’ and ‘not art’. I’ve been really impressed by how my son has thrown himself into his art so far. He’s a good artist, but not a brilliant...

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An underwhelming half term
Nov01

An underwhelming half term

So October half term is over at last. Two of the kids only went back to school today, after nearly two weeks off. And it’s been underwhelming. I remember three years ago literally going out of my mind at being stuck at home during October half term. It seemed like the whole world was away apart from me – and I hated it! I’m not a jealous person generally, but for some reason I couldn’t bear being stuck at home....

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Half-term and the joke that wasn’t a joke
Feb22

Half-term and the joke that wasn’t a joke

Last year, we only had one holiday. You probably think that’s normal, but we usually have two. We never go away for more than a week at a time and we rarely go abroad, but we do like our holidays. My husband works ridiculously hard every day of the week and holidays are the only time we can really relax as a family. We were starting to regret our decision not to go away last October, so my husband suggested we go away in...

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Project 365 2018 Week 7
Feb17

Project 365 2018 Week 7

Half-term has been and pretty much gone and I’ve been flat-out working the whole time. It’s not great, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes when you’re a freelancer. But we’ve had a new furry addition to the family, who put a smile back on our faces after losing Eric last week. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 42 – Sunday 11th February – my eldest was at a friend’s...

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Half-term – how was it?
Oct31

Half-term – how was it?

I felt quite sad that we weren’t going on holiday in October half-term, but what was it like in reality? In reality, I didn’t miss being on holiday at all. I was actually too busy with work to even give it a thought. For many months, all through last autumn, last winter and into the spring I had very little work. Some months, I literally worked for two clients – the kids’ books I work on every month and a...

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