Category: Staying in

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Book Review: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

I was delighted to be sent a complimentary copy of Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson to review. Occasionally I read a book that I recommend to my Mum. Other books I recommend to my 18 year old daughter. This is one that I will be recommending to both! Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars… Read more →

Wiliamson papers

Book review – The Williamson Papers (Back Home) – Tom Williams

I have a fascination with Victorian Britain and with Victorian London in particular. I was delighted to get the chance to review the latest in The Williamson Papers series by Tom Williams for the lovely Whispering Stories book blog. It was great to get a history lesson and a griping tale all in one. I very much felt that i was… Read more →

My Autumn Wish List – it’s all about the taste!

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post  – all words are my own.  I have never made any secret of the fact that I struggle with Autumn. Whilst others embrace the crisp days and red- brown leaves, I dread the long nights that leave me feeling unmotivated and edgy. I am determined that this will not happen this year. I’m putting… Read more →

Croquet mallet

Longworth Croquet Set – Review

We like to consider ourselves a fairly sporty family – my kids have tried most things from snooker to white water rafting. Croquet, however, is a game that has not come within our radar before, probably because we live in an end-of-terrace house and not a stately home. We do, however, have a patch of grass in our back garden… Read more →

Book review – Apley Towers – by Myra King – Book One The Lost Kodas

I enlisted the help of my friend Ruby (age 9) to review this three book collection. Here is what we thought of Book one – The Lost Kodas.   Ruby is an avid and experienced reader and I really valued her opinion. She liked the look of the book right from the start and was keen to get stuck in.… Read more →

The politics of family cleaning chores

I have to start with a confession. I do not have a cleaning routine. Here is how the cleaning gets done in my house: No cleaning at all is done until one room reaches crisis point, it is declared a no go area and visitors/guests/friends are not permitted to enter it under any circumstances. It then receives a thorough clean… Read more →

Book review – Enjoying it – Alfie Brown

As this is a blog that explores how we can enjoy ourselves as our children become more independent, I’d better be sure that I understand what ‘enjoyment’ is and this book certainly makes you have a big, long think about that. I recently reviewed it for the fabulous Whispering Stories book blog and below are my thoughts – you can find them on the book blog along… Read more →

Children’s Book review: The Dragon of the Month club – Iain Reading

All three of my children would probably be described as ‘reluctant readers’. I have completely failed to produce children who enjoy reading despite the fact that I love it! Hundreds of books have entered our house (thankfully we live near a library) but only a handful have proved a success. Whilst my older children are now far too old to allow me to choose their reading material,… Read more →