I’m so proud of Oscar’s writing at the moment!  At the beginning of this term, if I asked him to write his name in a friend’s birthday card it would have been incredibly hard work, ending up in a big scribble or me writing it!  But in year two they have been learning about DRAGONS and Andy Goldsworthy.  Oscar is inspired!  I can hardly make him stop writing now!  It’s so much easier to help him with homework now that he’s enjoying it, I used to find it so frustrating.  Getting him to read or do anything maths-y is still a challenge, but it will come!

This was him doing his homework recently.  The homework was to draw a found item and look at textures, colours etc.  Instead he chose to write an essay.


I’m no writer, though I do like the idea of it as a career!  In my last couple of jobs I have done quite a lot of bits of writing.  Then in my work with older people I have met so many inspirational people.  One night (I think it was back in March) I couldn’t sleep and an idea for a story came to me.  Then I really couldn’t sleep, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The next day I came down to my computer and wrote, and I was really surprised with how well it turned out.  I entered my story into a couple of competitions, not expecting to get anywhere, but you never know!  I didn’t get through in either competition, but that’s ok!  If you’d like to read it, here you go!



I love to read, but I am a lazy reader. Not quite a chick lit level, but I do reread the same books over and over. I know I’ll enjoy them. I don’t have time to waste on reading something I might not enjoy, I read to relax above anything else so enjoyment is important.

One of the things I’ve set out to do this year is finally read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I bought it in Madrid in 2008 with the intention of one day reading it in Spanish. I’ve given up on that plan and will now settle for reading it in English. 

So I just got it out to read, opened it up…and then decided to write this post! Not the best start. We’ll see how I get on…