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I have been reading Jane Brocket’s Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer which has inspired readings of Milly Molly Mandy and The Wishing Chair at bedtime and making these post boxes, which are a reference to the post system the March sisters set up … Continue reading

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on the fifth day of Christmas

Mr Rush Hour and helpers made yet more peg people for the school nativity. Can you spot Mary (surely having twins), Joseph, a King and a giant mutant sheep?

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the feminisation of Leah

Planning which dress she’ll wear to her next party, obsessing over hairslides for school, raiding my necklaces, putting high heels at the top of her Christmas wish list. Mmmm something’s up. Leah is turning into a girl! Her Thomas trains are … Continue reading

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Happy anniversary

Happy wedding anniversary Mr Rush Hour, because amidst the deadlines and dishwasher and cooking and childcare and commuting there is still us and I do like and love you such a lot. We saw this in a shop window in … Continue reading

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T-Rex Mummy

I’m on parental leave this month, a mini sabbatical I’ve been planning for the last year so I can support Eve and Leah as they make the transition to school. No school yet though so I’ve had sole charge all week. Pre … Continue reading

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Family Ramble

Yesterday we took Eve and Leah on their first family ramble, organised by Southwark Ramblers. The five mile walk started at Blackheath train station and ended on the Isle of Dogs, except we dipped out at the Queens House at Greenwich … Continue reading

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Summer holiday

We stayed at Knowles Farm, St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight.  Now owned by the National Trust but once the location where Marconi transmitted the first long distance radio signal in 1901, without which there would be no mobile phones, TV, … Continue reading

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Guerilla make over

The tranquility of the grown-ups only bedroom didn’t last long. In fact this room has never been more attractive to Eve and Leah and there hasn’t been a single morning when we haven’t woken up with one or the other … Continue reading

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This Princess

  She might look like a piece of plastic tat to you but she symbolises a special community to me. Let me explain. For a week or so last month she was the toy du jour for Eve. The object that Eve … Continue reading

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Spring at last!

I like to create a sense of celebration when the seasons change and especially when winter becomes spring. With Mr Rush Hour and Leah on an outing of their own to Norfolk, Eve and I made a spring nature table. … Continue reading

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