New Year New Plans

For three years I have been consumed with a family project! And finally, I am moving into a new ‘normal’ and I am ready to think about other things. I am going to open up my courses again for a short while, and I might post messages and thoughts here occasionally, too. For today, it’s just hello 🙂  I’m glad … Continue reading

Thinking Ahead

This week I printed my own copy of The Homeschooler’s Christmas Planner and settled down to organise myself in readiness for ‘the busy season’. It’s funny pulling out  a planner that you made with others in mind and then finding it so useful for yourself.  I like the planner.  I like the way it helps me get organised and focused.  … Continue reading

Art Appreciation in Auckland

At last!  A rare opportunity for people within striking distance of Auckland to experience some cool art appreciation! (And a discount on one of my study guides – read on.) Rembrandt Remastered is described as ‘a remarkable collection of digitally remastered and life size paintings from  one of the world’s greatest painters of all time. Each work reproduced exactly as it may have left … Continue reading

We Have Lambs

Maybe it’s because I am still quite new to country life (only been living in the country a year) but I’m thrilled and delighted every time I see a newborn lamb. The first lamb of the season was right outside our bedroom window – what a happy surprise! We’ve had lots of twins and they are the cutest ever.  They usually … Continue reading

How to Choose an Alphabet Book

My favourite two-year-old was scrambling onto my knee with a library book for me to read to him. It was an alphabet book with beautiful pictures. As we turned the pages and chatted together about the pictures I noticed that some pages were better than others. This is often the case with alphabet books. And it’s not the beautiful pictures … Continue reading

Look at My New Store

I have been updating my online store. My techie person (AKA Philip) listened to my pleas for a simpler system which didn’t require people to have to register and sign in to buy a simple PDF booklet. He searched for a simpler checkout system, and then spent some time moving everything across for me. I am really pleased. I’ve put … Continue reading

This is Harder Than I Thought

Today is a significant day.  Today is the last day that I will be the mother of a teenager.  We’ve been parents of teenagers since February 1992.  That’s 23 years and three months of living with teens. And tomorrow that will end when our ‘baby’ turns twenty. Well she’s pleased about that.  And I’m pleased too, in many ways.  But … Continue reading