The Brothers Grim

I've always been proud of how creative my kids are. All three of them have brilliant imaginations and come out with some really interesting and funny ideas. Just lately, however, I've been a little less enthused. The fact that they're clearly ready to return to school may be playing a part here as things have got ...

The day we lost our library

Today was a sad day. We learned that, despite council tax increases, our local library - as well as six others in the county - is to close. For the last few months, I've been campaigning with a group of like-minded school parents to keep it open. We've worked really hard petitioning, raising awareness and encouraging ...

Review: The Highway Rat DVD

As I mentioned recently, my two-year-old daughter is completely obsessed with The Highway Rat at the moment. The animated version - which was on BBC1 over Christmas - has really captured her imagination. Indeed, she regularly recounts favourite moments in the same intonation as the voice talent! She was very happy, then, when a review copy ...

My best posts of 2017

So 2017 is almost over. It's difficult to work out whether it's been slightly better than 2016 or just a continuation of a new, depressing norm. That's how things seem to be in the bigger picture anyway. Closer to home, I've had a mixed bag. Losing my Grandma, although she'd had an amazing innings, was a ...

Our first protest march

With our local library under threat of closure, I've been helping out with the fight to keep it open lately. As a result, the whole family experienced a first at the weekend. Our first protest march! I'm slightly ashamed that, despite coming from a family with a proud history of protesting - indeed, my Mum and ...