Tiny bit of a weird start to this summer break as it's the first one in the last ten summers I've not been prepping to go back to the school I've taught at for nine and a bit years. I've spent just over a quarter of my life teaching there so it's quite a big... Continue Reading →
My son is a trolling ratfink
Recently, Ollie has begun developing a more advanced sense of humour. Admittedly it is still rudimentary, however he's branching out and is attempting to add sophisticated flourishes to his repertoire. One of these 'flourishes' can be seen in the fact that he has started doing extremely unflattering impressions of people at his nursery. This level... Continue Reading →
Mental prodding by a 3 year old
Ollie has always had a carefully developed and well orchestrated range of gambits for artfully poking Rosie and I both mentally and physically. Through constant enforced exposure however, we have increasingly become resistant to them as time has gone. They are wonderfully passive aggressive at times and include classics such as steadfastly insisting that I... Continue Reading →
3 utterly ridiculous things that we have done to placate our child.
This post has kind of come about from a discussion Pose and I were having on the way back from the 'Festival of Children' we went to recently in Cheltenham. The event in of itself, was quite an amiable affair with various businesses etc putting in little workshops for tiny people. Yes, it was quite... Continue Reading →
Surviving a Bank Holiday weekend with a toddler.
A quick post precursor, I love my son, he's great and Pose and I are lucky to have such an awesome bundle of brilliantness in our lives. However, some weekends it can feel like a war of attrition, interspersed with artfully timed biscuit bribes as an aid to promote any fleeting moments of peace. Merely... Continue Reading →
Confetti fields and the perils of a staged photo
Again this is a finish up of an unfinished post from June that, due to life in general, didn't quite get finished...so imagine it's June... First off, I need to have a slight gush about how utterly stunning the Confetti fields outside Pershore are. Its quite rare given how varied and beautiful the Cotswolds are,... Continue Reading →
Belated bank holiday weekend fun times
It's all been a little hectic lately but largely in a good way. The Olephant, Pose and I had a fantastic bank holiday weekend and it felt like a real treat to have three days together during term time! To top it all, after three days of family fun we were still speaking to each... Continue Reading →
Kew Garden Adventure
The weather on Monday could generously have been described as horrible, horrible with a dash of miserable by the less generous and bloody ghastly by Rosie. However, it was with this dreary rainy backdrop, that we ventured forth to Kew Gardens to enjoy time with friends and explore Kew's Peter Rabbit trail...Ollie has moved on... Continue Reading →
Mother’s Day schtick
I get that mother's day is a chance for children/offspring/financial burdens to do something nice for or spend time with their mum's. However, it's not really hit me until the last couple of years, this year particularly, that it's almost more of a chance, particularly when the child is at Ollie's age, for husbands/partners to... Continue Reading →
New year retrospective of an Olephant handler
Firstly apologies. I got a bit carried away with this post so if it's all a bit tldr...great year, Ollie talks and walks, we did a lot and all survived. January - It's moving and other bits. Ollie had begun to crawl over Xmas period and had decided with a bit of encouragement and help... Continue Reading →
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