Life has been a bit hectic lately. It’s something that sounds incredibly cliche because so many of us seem to say it all the time. But it’s so. Damn. True. Every day work seems to get busier or throw another curveball for one of us, and the weekends become one long to-do list of all … Continue reading Best time, not free time?
I’m not a consumerist, really. But babies famously come with a lot of stuff, and most of this is cheap and useless, but some of it is good. Like, really good. I thought I’d talk about a few products I wouldn’t have been without in our first year as parents, and why spending some money … Continue reading My favourite baby products
Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see … Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!
In January I began my first read of the year: 1Q84 by Murakami. I'd bought a combined version of book 1 and 2 and though tempted to pause at the end of book 1 for a break to read something else, persevered out of fear that I wouldn't return to it. I did the same … Continue reading I needed a new book and found a Banana
This morning seemed pretty grey and miserable outside, and the perfect morning for making a hot drink and getting on with some sewing. Before embarking on yet another project though I decided to have a go at finishing one for once. Here's the result: I took some scraps of blue gingham and did a simple … Continue reading My book nook – everyone should have one
Until recently I worked in a secondary school library. During my last few weeks as a librarian, a Year 7 student approached me with a concern over swearing in a graphic novel. They were concerned that others their age were being given access to materials containing words they are taught not to use themselves, and … Continue reading Teaching literacy without censorship
This week one of my favourite days of the month came. I went to work and found Cloth magazine awaiting me in my pigeon hole. I love scanning the magazine on my lunch break and discovering the ideas that lie within each issue, except this time I opened the cellophane to discover a slip of … Continue reading Cloth magazine gets wrung out
R is for reading R is also for a quick mention of rabbits. Mine begins with R too - Rupert. He chewed through the charger wire for my laptop a few days ago, hence the lack of blogging. I'm going to aim for two blogs a day for a few days to get me back … Continue reading R is for reading
'Keep your curiosity sacred' is what the front cover says. Pinterest in a magazine is what I say. When I found Oh Comely sitting on a shelf in WH Smith in the train station, I was waiting for a friend on a delayed train and was wasting time until she arrived. I think it's probably … Continue reading O is for Oh Comely magazine
Today at work I had some furniture for the library delivered in the biggest cardboard boxes I've ever seen. So big you could comfortably put a chair inside and hide away for hours (which we obviously had to test out). A detention zone was another idea... But when they were about to be taken away … Continue reading N is for (reading) nests