KIDS BOOKS 101

One of my best and oldest friends had a baby girl in February and I have been a complete emotional wreck ever since. It is so exciting to have a new girl in the gang but also exciting for me because I can now start looking for books for her. Which is, as I am…

BUCKET LIST? FUCK IT.

I am sure I am not on my own here but I feel like I have wasted a lot of time recently. It has been a toxic combination of Covid and anxiety. Or maybe it is because I am getting older and more and more friends seem to be upturning that imaginary hourglass every chance…

ANXIETY AND ME; A CAUTIONARY TALE.

This week is mental health awareness week, in light of this I have decided to post this short piece that I have been sitting on for a while. I am not a doctor or a medical health professional so remember this when reading. I am however someone who has spent the majority of my twenties…

SPRING WRAP UP

Hey stranger. Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. March and April have been very slightly busier than most of the past year. In the UK all our schools went back in March so after months of working from home, I returned to teaching. Kicking and screaming I might add. This month…

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY. PRINCESSES IN LITERATURE.

Today is International Womens Day so as a tribute to this profoundly important date in history I am thinking about literature, the representation of women within literature and how the portrayal of them particularly within children books has been severely lacking. Feminism and the fight for equality must begin with our children, with their education….

FEBRUARY WRAP UP

This morning I woke up to sunshine and blue skies. Spring has sprung and I am here for it. We have a May shaped light at the end of a very long year. Congrats everyone, we made it. Here are my February reviews and recommendations to take you in to the new season. Hope that…

FREEDOM

I want jetlag. I want long laborious transfers. I want crooked neck and cramp from economy seats. I want powdered eggs and instant coffee on a tray. I want sticky leather stuck to sweaty backs. I want sunburn. I want to moan ‘are we there yet’. I want liquids in a sandwich bag. I want…

JANUARY WRAP UP

Well thank god that is over. January has felt like the longest month in history. It is an extraordinarily dull month at the best of times, thirty one days of dreary, drizzly English weather accompanied by the infamous post-Christmas slump. This year we have also had to endure lockdown 3.0 so to top everything off…

NEW YEAR…NEW NOTHING

I am someone who always writes a list of resolutions for January the first, often these little lists sit abandoned and gathering dust by February the first but I like to have them anyway as sign of good intentions and organisation as the New Year arrives. This year I didn’t write anything. I didnt even…

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW IT IS DECEMBER TOMORROW?! Despite doing decidedly very little this year, the months seem to have passed us by in a flurry of banana bread, Zoom and socially distanced walks. I feel like it was Christmas 2019, lockdown, a few weeks of summer and then somehow we have…