Hitting the Christmas sweet spot

Hitting the Christmas sweet spot

We all broke up today for Christmas. The kids finished school this afternoon, while Heather and I both clocked off work for the next two weeks. To say I’m excited is putting it mildly. And I’m done. Two weeks off, here I come! :-) — Slouching Thatcham (@thatchamdad) December 19, 2014 If I’m being honest, … Continue reading

Nativity plays: a good thing?

Nativity plays: a good thing?

You may have read recently about a Netmums survey which claims that only one-third of schools are now putting on a traditional nativity play, and some are deviating from the original story by incorporating characters such as aliens, Elvis Presley, footballers, a Lord Sugar-style ‘Lord Christmas’ and a drunken spaceman. Some people have pointed to … Continue reading

A birthday letter to my seven-year-old son

A birthday letter to my seven-year-old son

Good morning, Isaac. It’s your seventh birthday today – not that you needed reminding! – and really, genuinely and truly it feels like only a few months since you emerged from the birthing pool in our dining room all gooey and slimy and perfect. Our lives have never been the same since. One day when … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: November 2014

My month in Instagrams: November 2014

I’ll admit it, I’m not a big fan of November. Close enough to Christmas to be dark, cold and wet. Not close enough to get properly excited about it. Having said that, we’ve found ways to keep busy and have fun. Here’s a quick pictorial summary of what we got up to last month. Painted … Continue reading

My favourite waste of time

My favourite waste of time

I’m not a morning person at the best of times and the onset of winter makes me even less inclined to bounce out of bed early. That reluctance is made even greater by the presence of a night-time visitor in our bed: Kara.Our daughter has been a regular interloper for several months now. She habitually … Continue reading