Mallaig, Memories and My Nana

Growing up, two places dominated my experience of childhood. Caithness, because it was where we lived, and Mallaig, because it was where we took all our holidays. The latter also had a special attraction: it was where Nana and Iain lived (Nana being my paternal Grandmother and Iain my uncle, who lived with Nana due…

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Hibernation Diaries – Big Emotions, Doorstep Gifts and Lost Teddies

Week eight of lockdown was a challenging one in our household. With my husband working long hours from the spare bedroom, it fell to me to become chief teacher, cook, cleaner, dog walker and all-round operative of essential domestic tasks. On the school front, we had a day of big emotions as I tried to…

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Hibernation Diaries – Homeschool, Helping, Lost Shoes and Hopeful Sunsets

We are now entering week five of lockdown here in the UK (at least I think it’s week five – it could actually be week four, or six, and I’d currently be none the wiser). The days and weeks are melting into one somewhat, and a sense of routine is becoming ever more important –…

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Preparing for Homeschool – Ideas for Routines and Activities

When I need to occupy my mind (and who doesn’t right now?) I tend to make lists, make plans, and do what I can to channel my anxiety into action. This weekend, I’ve been using some of the extra time at home to think about plans for homeschooling my children – in fact, I’m feeling…

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Reaching My 50th Parkrun Milestone – And Why I’ll Never Be A ‘Proper’ Runner

A couple of weeks ago, I reached my 50th Parkrun milestone – a feat I never would have imagined possible when I turned up at my first Parkrun event around eighteen months ago. Back on that day in late 2018, I was looking for ideas on family-friendly activities for a stint on BBC Radio Scotland,…

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The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Year of Experience

Years ago (MANY years ago…. šŸ˜‰ ), in the days when I was a student living in Glasgow, my friend told me about the Lion King musical. She had just been to see it and couldn’t stop talking about how absolutely amazing it was. I was of course, envious, and also broke – not the…

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The Case for a Simpler Christmas

When I look back on my memories of Christmas as a child, they are vague, and happy. The opening of the living room door in the half-light and small cries of ‘Santa’s been!’ Trying to stay awake in the hopes of glimpsing red fabric or a boot topped with snowy white dusting. Paper party hats,…

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Putting the ‘X’ into Dyslexia – Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland, 2019

This week, the 4th-9th November, is Dyslexia Awareness week in Scotland, and in line with this I wanted to share a little of our own family’s experience with the condition. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the population are dyslexic* (I won’t say ‘suffer with’ dyslexia, because as you’ll see, that’s not the…

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Summer So Far and A Little Catch Up….

I’ve really missed writing on my blog over the summer holidays, and it seems like forever since I’ve posted here. These precious few weeks without the routines of school (and after school clubs) always go in so quickly, and unless I either get up very early – or go to bed very late – my…

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The Summer In Between

Over theĀ last few days,Ā I’ve found myself returningĀ time and again to the same question: how on earth did we get to the point whereĀ our eldestĀ sonĀ is just about to leave primary school? TheĀ second half of the academic year has literally flown by, and it seems only a blink since I wrote aboutĀ our year of small goodbyes as…

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