She could not remember meeting him. He was a full-on personality with is own unique vocabulary and although not the tallest guy, his spirit filled a room.


He was kind to her when she felt so out of her depth. When she struggled particularly socially he would find an easy way for her to get round things.

It was very much like those American films where the female student drops her books and the good-looking and popular guy picks them up for her.

At a party, he drunkenly sat on her knee and said something amusing. She was smitten. She was not the type to make a move on a man so settled for friendship. Sneaky coffees and talks about everything and anything.

One day, her brother came to see her. As they chatted, there was a knock on her door. When she opened it there was nobody there but looking down there were two bunches of carnations from HIM. Pink and beautiful.

She blushed. It was the first time a man had bought her flowers.

Her brother smiled and said “These will not be your last flowers but none will ever mean quite as much”

You may think he got it right and I could not possibly comment.

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It is good when it is smiles all round in a family.


It is always a good sign when I post my weekly reasons to be cheerful late on a Friday or beyond.

1. Him Indoors has had positive feedback on how he is doing in his new job. I am not sure it is 100 per cent the right job for him but for now it gives us some much needed breathing space from total insecurity.

2. My eldest son came home thrilled to bits that his RS teacher has said he is on target for A or A star at GCSE level. I knew he would love this subject and good results must suggest he is settling well in his new school. He is also reporting having a laugh with new mates so all good.

3. My daughter is so keen on our home education journey. When I finish teaching for the day, she often carries on doing her own thing especially on the art and design front. We are studying Ancient Egypt in quite an in-depth way and both of us are enjoying it.

4. My youngest son refused to go to school on Monday. By Tuesday after a lot of long conversations we had made the decision that home education was the best option for him too. This was rather daunting as he is the most strong-willed of my children and not always easy to persuade of the things you want him to do. However, I am pleased to report that the week has gone well.

4. We had a lovely session this afternoon with all 3 children working together whilst I had a bubble bath. The shared what they knew about Egypt and it was interesting to see how they all tackled the task in different ways. We then watched videos about the River Nile and they did a crossword only struggling to find the word “arable”

5. My husband seems reassured that I have looked at the National Curriculum and will put that learning in place but only as a minimum. There is far more learning and fun to be had than that.

6. I love not being chained to laying out uniform, checking bookbags, stressing about homeworks and having to be somewhere at the same time every day for school runs. I like the freedom and flexibility of home education. I am also inevitably less lonely during the days. I also adore snuggling up to learn together.

7. We went up to London at the weekend for a creative food workshop organised by Actimel for Kids. We then went on to the Museum of London for muffins (not me!) and drinks. Him Indoors and my son went on a tour where my son ended up presenting just as much as the tour guide apparently. Myself and my daughter took a more leisurely approach exploring the bits that interested us most.

8. Him Indoors is working shifts which means we get some mornings together. It also means I can be in charge of the remote in the evenings. Result!

9. I am looking forward to the weekend and visiting a museum locally. We can’t get enough of this learning business.

    Are you good at spelling?

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    Today is Misspelling Day and I am asking you to get involved on your social networks in support of Save the Children UK and the #ReadonGetOn campaign.

    If we want children to achieve their potential and to enhance their life chances we need them to be good at reading.

    This is what the #ReadOnGetOn campaign is all about – doing something to ensure our children read well rather than leaving it to chance.

    It is so very easy to get involved in Misspelling Day.

    Simply send a tweet or make Facebook post where you make deliberate spelling mistakes.

    It is hoped that if enough people get involved (and it only takes seconds to do so_), it will draw attention to the #ReadonGeton campaign and get more people signing the petition.

    Act Now: Sign the petition calling on party leaders to make a commitment to get every child reading well at age 11 by 2025.

    Here is the message to leaders

    I call on you to make a commitment to get every child reading well at age 11 by 2025. Together, we will ensure that all children have a brighter future.

    If you find it difficult to argue with that, please sign the petition.

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      Can you remember learning to read?

      I remember when the shapes of letters started to have meaning to me and I remember the thrill of reading books but also things like road signs.

      My parents read to me and the house was full of books both fiction and non-fiction. Reading made me want to write and look where that took me. I read about Cambridge University when I was a little girl so when I was told I had an outside chance of getting in, I was inspired to work hard and to do so. I always remember my late mum saying it was impossible to be lonely if you had a good book.

      My Mum left school aged 11 so used to get the Reader’s Digest and learn the meanings of new words. She had an amazing vocabulary and could hold her own in any company despite her very humble background.

      Reading is the key to a child’s future: it unlocks their potential and opens up a world filled with possibilities and for our poorest children reading well is their best route out of poverty: they do better at school, better in the workplace and are better placed to give their own children the best start in life.

      However, every year in the UK, 130,000 children, leave primary school not reading as well as they should. This figure includes 40% of all children from poorer backgrounds – a shockingly high proportion. This means over the next decade almost 1.5 million children will start secondary school already behind with dismal consequences for their futures. As if poverty is not soul-destroying enough, the lack of good literacy skills keeps children trapped where they are with little hope of moving forwards positively finding themselves unemployed or in low paid jobs.

      Save the Children UK’s research has also found that the UK’s GDP could be an extra 2.1% higher by 2025 if we can get all our children reading well by age 11- the equivalent of £32.1 billion.


      I would love you to get behind the Read On Get On campaign – a national mission to ensure every child is a confident reader by age 11.

      Act Now: Sign the petition calling on party leaders to make a commitment to get every child reading well at age 11 by 2025.

      Here is the message to leaders

      I call on you to make a commitment to get every child reading well at age 11 by 2025. Together, we will ensure that all children have a brighter future.
      Together we can make sure that every child leaves primary school with the reading skills to shape a brighter future:

      Find out more about the campaign

      You have read this blog. You know the joy of reading. Take the time to sign the petition and play your part in fighting for a brighter future for our children.

      If you sign the petition, you can then enjoy the amazing David Walliams reading you and your child a story.

      Read With Me

      Aldi have some great news for mums and mum-to-be. From 18th September they will have a range of lovely goods in store while stocks last as part of their Special Buys range.

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      When you are expecting, you want to look great but don’t want to invest huge amounts in clothing that by its very nature is short-term. The ultimate capsule wardrobe for the mum-to-be includes leggings, fashion tops and dresses all at amazingly affordable prices. What’s not to love about a Maternity dress for just £11.99?

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      Aldi will be every mum’s beat friend with padded Nursing Bras for £6.99, non-wired for comfort and not missing out on style with pretty lace detailing.

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      Check out Aldi’s stylish waterproof Baby Changing Bag for £14.99 complete with lots of pockets for the multitude of things you need with you when you leave the house with baby.

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      Welcome a new baby with Bramble Bear, Bonnie Bunny and Country Creatures gift sets at just £9.99. The presents include a photo album, frame and brilliant bunting.

      Make sure your baby is comfy and cosy thanks to Aldi’s great-value range of cotton-rich clothing. Including Baby Socks 5 Pack (£2.49), Baby Bodies 3 Pack (£2.79), Baby Sleepsuits 3 Pack (£3.99) and Baby 3-Piece Set (£6.99)

      For toddlers there are Infants’ Jeans (£3.99), Infants’ Tights (£1.99) and Toddlers’ Canvas Boots and Shoes (£4.49)

      Aldi are not forgetting the important of learning through play with brightly coloured Build ‘n’ Learn (£6.99) and Puzzle Car (£3.99), or the Colour Me Playhouse (£7.99).

      Aldi’s Specialbuys go in-store every Thursday and Sunday and are only available while stocks last.


      One lucky reader has the chance to win an Aldi Specialbuys Baby Changing Bag from the new range by leaving a comment telling me their top tips on preparing to have a baby for parents to-be.

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      The winner will be picked at random on 14th September 2014 and notified by 15th September 2014. . Delivery of the prize will be by 30th September.

      The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 years and over only.

      Prize will be as listed while stocks last. In event that stock is unavailable; the same value will be given in Aldi vouchers.

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