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A happy ending

I want to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Once upon a time there was a primary school. In general the children were very happy but there were pockets of behaviour issues and it had … Continue reading

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New Year’s “revolutions”

What a year 2012 was. It was quite patriotic. Every single class at my children’s school went to London at least once – ON THE TRAIN. Even the EYFS Reception children. We had a barbecue to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond … Continue reading

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Bring on the festive spirit!

I’m beginning to feel a bit festive. The tree is up; most of the presents are wrapped; we’ve had a fantastic school production; we’ve been to a Christingle service and a carol concert; we had Mary and Joseph to stay … Continue reading

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Attention to detail

There is a new way of working at my children’s school. My son, aged six, is given a set of tasks at the beginning of the week and is expected to complete them, on his own and without being nagged, … Continue reading

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Giraffe bread (no giraffes were harmed in the writing of this post)

Do not underestimate children! I loved a news story that I read this week on the Daily Telegraph’s website. Eight months ago, three-year-old Lily Robinson wrote to Sainsbury’s to point out that the company’s tiger bread actually looks more like a … Continue reading

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Celebrity names

I didn’t like my name when I was at school as it is quite old-fashioned for my generation and I was surrounded by Karens, Lisas and Joannes and wanted to fit in. Plus as a Francophile, it is a difficult name for … Continue reading

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Vacances

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing holiday in a gîte near Vire in Calvados, Normandy with my parents. I have spoken French every day and we have laughed so much. Going on a French bank holiday weekend is … Continue reading

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Half a decade

Well, this month has brought another few landmarks in our household. At the beginning of July, my son turned five. He was convinced he was going to grow overnight and be taller when he woke up on his birthday, but unsurprisingly, … Continue reading

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Wine

  To all my friends who enjoy a tipple: according to Redhill and Reigate Life, Surrey County Council has issued a warning that fake bottles of Jacob’s Creek wine have been found on sale in the county. Apparently the bottles … Continue reading

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Eight

My daughter celebrated her 8th birthday on Friday. We had a weekend full of celebrations: the actual birthday, a pyjama party (no boys allowed!) on Saturday and a family party yesterday. I always feel a bit nostalgic around my children’s … Continue reading

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