August 7, 2019

Collecting for keeps, it fills me with joy, I’d say I’m actually obsessed but I’ve begun to feel increasingly uncomfortable with the need I have for keeping what I’ve collected. So I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this. Why do you keep what you’ve collected? 

A whil...

July 9, 2019

Eighteen months ago I sat with a family member in a cafe. “I’ve got this idea” I said “I want to take a trip but it’s a bit crazy”

She listened while I told her of my dream and then all the reasons I was worried it wouldn’t be possible.

“I want to take the kids out o...

June 25, 2019

My first camping experience was when I was about 9 or 10 years old. A tiny weeny 2 person tent in a hidden field somewhere in deepest Sussex. We weren’t at an official campsite, I think we only had sleeping bags, no mats, I’m not sure what we ate, it wasn’t a proper me...

June 12, 2019

This weekend we had a bit of a disaster.

Our (2 year old) loft extension shower leaked into our office below. I say “leak” it was more like the ceiling light fitting had suddenly become a tap & someone had turned it to “full empty”.  It was pouring into the room. Obvio...

June 3, 2019

The dictionary describes PLAY as “to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.”  Well yes

I guess you could describe PLAY this way but when children PLAY it actually shapes their brain. I’d say that was pretty serious. P...

May 15, 2019

OUT = to move away from a particular place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden.

Three-quarters of UK children spend less time OUTside than prison inmates. On average they spend 6 and a half hours per day in front of a screen but only 2 and a half hours a week OUT...