For years, I've had pangs of guilt for failing my child, failing to rescue him from his struggle to read…you know the ravaging mum guilt, that grips you when you know something isn't as it should be and you look to yourself for fault first: Meet Hugo, my clever, determined tri-lingual, soon to be quad-lingual, 8-year-old. He was lucky that he started school when he was … [Read more...] about How to Help an 8-year-old Struggling and Reluctant Reader?
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I know, I know Hygge is Danish, not Swedish! The Swedes have a word for Hygge too: mysigt, and the Norwegians refer to koselig. Hygge is all about a cosy, contented feeling of happiness through making the most of the everyday moments in life and enjoying them. The Danes are particularly good at this and have topped the tables of the happiest country in the world for … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to Mastering Hygge- Lessons from Living in Sweden
Hearing the word Christmas as the Summer turns to Autumn fills me with a mixture of excitement and dread. I love Christmas! However, I hate all the pressure that goes with it: The pressure to make a perfect day, to squeeze all the happiness of the year into a single day, to get the perfect gifts for everyone, make the perfect food. For this reason before having … [Read more...] about A most magical Christmas
I'm so excited about the coming weekend in Oxford I can hardly contain myself! On Saturday, 6th of July, it's Alice's Day. Alice in Wonderland comes alive across different venues in Oxford. A tribute to the Lewis Carroll and his brilliance in the literary nonsense genre, the theme this year for this event is Nonsense. A carte blanche for people to express their … [Read more...] about Oxford, what a weekend to come!
We keep chickens and I specially sourced a coup for them that had a small outside enclosure, so we can leave them locked in when we are away for a long weekend. This means the girls being a bit cramped for a few days, but still getting to enjoy the sun, fresh air and a tiny bit of exercise. Dadonthebrink didn't think this was enough for them though when he left to join us on … [Read more...] about Death and a plot of revenge