Category Archives: Books

Reading with Children

Anyone in the UK with school age children, or anyone who has had school age children in the last -oh, goodness knows how many years, will probably be familiar with the Oxford Reading Tree. It’s a great load of books. … Continue reading

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Ulysses, by James Joyce, was on my reading list for years. I have always been determined that someday I would read it, difficult book or not. Last year I started it. I got about a third of the way through, … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

Miss 12 got The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins out of the school library. She then read Catching Fire and Mockingjay in quick succession. We went out on Tuesday and she bought her own copies of the first two (she … Continue reading

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A Gentle Invasion

I have a friend who’s written a book! A Gentle Invasion, by Janice Moore, is a story based in a manor house which has been opened up to a group of civil war re-enactors in order to make a bit … Continue reading

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Happiness, Month 1

So a month ago, I did the happiness survey and scored 4.2. Today I scored 4.6. That really surprised me. If you had asked me if I was happier than I was a month ago, I’d have said no, not … Continue reading

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Year End

Well, here it is. Another one over. So, what have I done? Firstly, we moved house. That was a biggy. If you want to do something time consuming and expensive, moving house fits the bill. I knitted six pairs of … Continue reading

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Home and Harry Potter

Miss 11 has been at home this week. She has the flu. I don’t remember her ever having a day off school ill before, so this is a new experience for us. Whilst chatting outside the (other) school gate this … Continue reading

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