Our Life in Phase 2 of Lockdown

Last week was a big week for us- phase 2 of lockdown started and my daughter's school opened. We have been social distancing since March and we have not met up with anyone. The nearest we got, was a doorstep conversation with neighbours and a friend who dropped something off.  We have

Back to Primary School Post Lockdown

I sent my daughter back to primary school today- after 10 weeks of social distancing. Covid-19 is in my feed daily. I also have also posted about it and, I must say that until very recently I was nervous about sending her back. This morning, she insisted she wanted to stay in bed all

My Life as a Single Mum and Teacher

Thursday 23:45 It’s nearly midnight and I’m about to go to bed. Have I been up partying or chatting? No, it was parents evening number 12. My daughter (4) was super tired when I picked her up at 19:00 but didn’t want to go to bed. After a bit of relax time, I settled

Me Versus Various Tradesmen. My Renovating Experience So Far

If you read my last post about moving, you will know the flat I bought needs a lot of work. I will be honest, I didn’t realise how much! I have been (and am) at the mercy therefore of various tradesmen, (I haven’t found a woman round here in the renovating field as yet). The start

Moving house; mice and other suprises

'Moving House is stressful' is what people always say. I'm not currently stressed but I am exhausted and a little overwhelmed. It hasn't been your usual move. It has become more of a work-in-progress than I expected and life has become a bit crazy. Today the kitchen fitter told me that he had uncovered

Childcare: the hunt for a reliable childminder continues

I like to be organised and I think it is important to provide your child with some stability and continuity, don’t you? I would have hoped a childminder / nanny would also have these values but I seem to have been unlucky so far. When in Penang with my daughter aged 2: Nanny 1:

Homework in reception; How much is too much?

I don't know about you, but personally, I am not keen on homework for little ones. I like to have some free weekends, go with the flow, check the weather and decide with my four-year-old what to do. Until now, evenings were often the same. My daughter would say if she fancied going out on

Bicycle Tour, Hanoi, with a Four-year-Old.

On our recent trip to Vietnam, I hired a bike for the day with a child seat when in Hoi An. We had a lovely day, enjoying the breeze along the river, stopping off to look at Temples and ancient Houses. I was sold on cycling with my four-year-old. Then I went on a bicycle tour

Applying For a Reception Place for your Child- Tips

When I was looking for a reception place for my daughter to start in September 2018. She has now settled in her school and seems really happy. I hope your son/ daughter will be too. Here are some things you may find useful if like me back then, don't know where to start... Preliminary

Giving birth in Spain- Nothing like I expected!

Living in Spain at the time, I was going to give birth there and needed a birthing partner; a friend from work volunteered. Great! Or so I thought, until I received a letter from the hospital in which they wanted to induce me on a date she had arranged to go away... It being a

Learning to swim aged 2

When should your child to learn to swim? My daughter started at the age of two, but that is not to say it is the best age. It depends on you, your circumstances and your child. Do you go to places with water a lot? The American Association of Pediatrics says children can safely start to have swimming

Meeting Daddy for the First Time

I wrote this last year and was unsure about publishing, but have decided to do so one year on... After being in Malaysia for 364 days (residency rules) I was determined to travel with my then three-year-old to other parts of Southeast Asia before heading back to the U.K. I adore Vietnam and my

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