Category Archives: Life in general, family and otherwise

Assorted weirdness sort of thrown together for the sake of nowhere else to put it.

Relative

Christmas was going to be a real drag this year, Felicity decided. Mother was coming, which meant that the house was actually going to have to be cleaned for once. Not so much for mother’s benefit as she was mostly … Continue reading

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Standing up for the NHS

According to an on-line quiz to resolve which party you should vote for in today’s European Elections, wanting to protect the NHS equates to believing that  its destruction by privatisation is the worst thing that could happen to the UK. … Continue reading

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Where do you come from?

This has always been a very difficult question for our family to answer, because it gets to the point where answering the question with any meaningful detail leads to eyes glazing over. And that’s if the kids can remember the … Continue reading

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Cherry blossom

We planted a flowering cherry in the garden of our last house, so long ago now I hope it’s matured as I hoped. A new tree was one of the first things I added to this garden after moving here, … Continue reading

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Frederick Pohl, part of my reading life.

When our children were small we signed them up for conversational French classes, on the basis that learning a language is something that seems almost like breathing when you’re that young. The hope was that having got at least some … Continue reading

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The things you have to do when you’re a parent

This is in response to a request on Twitter for reviews of programmes we end up having to watch with our children. Not the joyous ones we share willingly, the ones that are like having teeth pulled. If Betty thinks … Continue reading

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Learning, libraries and such

My son who has ADHD was not diagnosed until he was at university, in his 20’s. That doesn’t mean we didn’t strongly suspect he was ADHD, it was fairly obvious to anyone who spent more than a cursory amount of … Continue reading

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