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  • Paperwhite Narcissii and teachers' presents

    Dawn Isaac on 23 Nov 2013 at 02:01 PM

    I don't mean to panic you, but it's less than a month until the end of term. Unless your children go to private school, of course, in which case I believe they broke up sometime in late October - possibly last year. Still for the rest of us parents we'll soon be faced with the perennial question... Read More...

  • Baby giraffes, bribery and bunting

    Dawn Isaac on 02 Feb 2011 at 10:04 PM

    “I’ve got a baby giraffe!” “My snow leopards are in danger!” “The elephants are bored with their paddling pool!” These are all phrases which have rung around our kitchen table over the last month. Don’t worry, I have not changed our strict pet policy (“one cat is enough, we will consider a guinea pig... Read More...

  • Planting bulb wellies

    Dawn Isaac on 26 Nov 2009 at 02:51 PM

    I've been thinking about Nigel Colborn's shoes for nearly six months. In case you're worried, no, I have not developed some weird footwear fetish nor have I started stalking the horticultural aristocracy, it was just that on his ever-entertaining silvertreedaze blog , Mr Colborn had fashioned... Read More...

  • Ofsted, bulb-planting and Schrödinger's cat

    Dawn Isaac on 23 Nov 2009 at 05:08 PM

    I'm a bit flustered this week. It's all down to bulb planting combined with the scariest five letters in education. Oh, hang on, no, I mean six letters. See - that's what I mean by being flustered. Yes, this week there are rumours abounding that Ofsted are on their way to our beloved pre... Read More...

  • Bulb planting, big red dogs and lots of rain

    Dawn Isaac on 16 Nov 2009 at 01:25 PM

    The rainfall here has reached Biblical levels recently. There are only so many times you can say 'well, it's good for the garden' before you run the risk of death by cliche. However, after getting myself ready to send out a white dove in search of dry ground, the rain ceased yesterday and... Read More...