Spring ?

*     It’s been one of the coldest, longest winters I can remember and looks set to continue for a while longer. Walks have seen us wrapped up against the icy Arctic winds from the East and, for some of the time at least, making our way through snow. On a more domestic note, hardy primulas and crocuses…

Thoughts On Packaging(and marking)

*     As a teacher I get through some 10-15 biro pens every year, all of which end up in landfill, are unpleasant to write with and produce unsatisfactory splodges of glutinous semi-dried ink. A recent government emphasis on ‘showing’ that I give feedback has meant that now all books are to be marked with two sentences; one for…

Noel

We seem to have enjoyed so many things since my last post that it’s quite difficult to know where to start, CC’s Mother has been staying with us this Christmas so we’ve had a lovely family time with everyone coming for Christmas dinner and the usual pre-dinner ramble. CC has just popped out to get…

Autumn Pleasures

*   Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year here, the chance to have cosy nights by the fire, the abundance of hedgerow fruit for picking and despite going back to work, the chance to have lovely long walks enjoying the scent of the leaves and the smell of wood smoke. We began our month…

Back To School

*   Sadly our summer has run out already, CC and I went ‘home’ to Canada for most of it and only got back a few days ago. Since this was my last day of holidays we went for a hike in Bowland, eeking out the very last of our hours of freedom ! We’re still several hours behind and…