Where there is no hope….

Our kids believe everything they read on the internet. If something is written down, then it must be true.
I guess we all are a bit like that. We can be swayed by the latest research, the article in today’s newspaper, the current bestseller…especially if it feeds into the niggling doubts at the back of our […]

Inspired to recycle?

My son was off school sick last Thursday. When boredom levels reached a peak, he decided to have a go at his GCSE Art coursework - a project on Rubbish. Whilst his artistic skills far exceed mine, he is always willing for me to help him come up with ideas…and on this subject, I would […]


Gadget man was right. Humans are not granted the right to hibernate.
My aquafit teacher was right. Christmas is a-coming and needs some thought (another day).
My daughter’s teacher was right. Walking 40 minutes there and back to the bookshop with a group of kids to hear an author was a worthwhile and fun experience (so why […]

Greed is not good

Confession: I am not the world’s best housewife. Housework does not interest me. Being house proud is not in my nature. I do the bare minimum to keep the family ticking over.
So when my husband told me he was proud of me this morning, I was dumbstruck.
Then he went on. He was in fact proud […]

Pointing the finger

My daughter told me the other day that when you point at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you. I assumed she had been told this at school, but it turns out it was on some American sitcom!
It dominated my thoughts as I was reflecting on yesterday’s comments. Maybe the only way to bring […]

What a waste!

I hate waste. Here are ten of the worst offences that make me see red on a regular basis:
1. Books that are bought and never read
2. DVDs that are only ever watched once
3. The lake of milk left in a bowl of cereal when all the cereal has been eaten
4. Drawing on only one side […]

Fashion Victims

I’ve never been what I would call a fashion victim. I’ve always cared too much about cost, practicality and comfort to become enslaved by the latest trend. In fact, I now have two questions about everything I try on:-
1. Am I too fat for this?
2. Am I too old for this?
I have to admit a […]

Plan Do Review

Anyone familiar with primary education will recognise this process. My four year old is totally au fait with it! She loves to tell me what she decided in ‘planning’.
Anyway, I felt I could do with a bit of the same. This blog is mainly the planning (and pontificating, ranting, rambling etc) and leads on to […]

Go Green (in Gateshead?)

Our local newspaper now boasts a double page spread every Tuesday entitled Go Green! I only know this because it also features in the free weekly paper that comes through our door requiring no effort and expense on our part.
So we were scouring the paper last night for houses (even though we have no intention […]