Bottle Bank

Whenever we have visitors to the house there is a box in the utility room that gets put outside the back door hidden away from view.  It’s not entirely different from closing the door to the children’s play room, or study room now, to protect sensitive eyes from the chaos therein.  It gives an illusion…

A Reason to Run

In a rather unexpected rush of blood to the head during deepest darkest winter, I found myself doing something rather astonishing.  After some over-indulging throughout the festive season I decided enough was enough and I really needed to get my act together.  So, not one for doing things by halves, I signed up for the…

Hayfever Hell

Easter weekend was glorious and made us realise that Summer is nearly upon us.  The mornings are brighter, the days are longer, the rain is warmer and we are counting the days until we can put the grotty lunchboxes in the bin and bury the uniforms in the bottom of the laundry basket.  Why then…

World Book Day

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when the art of reading, the love of all things literary, the fun of all fictional worlds are celebrated and enjoyed.  It was World Book Day this week and the main aim of this special day is to encourage children of all ages to realise…

Talent vs Teaching

Is there such a thing as natural talent?  Or is it purely a superpower like x-ray vision and super speed that is lacking in the genetic makeup of us mere mortals?  Some experts would suggest that there is no such thing as talent.  They propose that if you spend long enough at anything you will…

Health & Safety Madness

I came across a report recently about a beach somewhere in Germany that forbids sandcastle making.  A little odd I thought and surely one that’s very difficult to police.  It seems a natural thing to do when you’re sitting on lovely golden sand, to pile it all on top of each other and make a…