A child’s fourth birthday: entering the magical years

Tonight is the eve of Austin’s fourth birthday. My mother-in-law says the next few years of a child’s life are magical. Gone are the nappies…

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Carnival of Gifts

Today you’ll find my guest post for Vic Welton over at Verily Victoria Vocalises. In it, I write about the reasons why I decided to…

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The kindly cabbie: Our Time of Gifts week 18

This week, shattered glass lay strewn over a stretch of path in our park. And Austin fell in it. He was belting down from the…

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Review: Sunny Safari Rocking Zebra

Plastic has its place in every playroom. Durable, glossy, bright; it’s a tough match for toddler assaults, and those winking, blinking surfaces are a magnet…

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Samhain spirits: Our Time of Gifts week 17

The modern take on Halloween comes from a few different traditions. My favourite is Samhain, the Celtic celebration of the end of the plentiful seasons;…

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Review: Charismatic Celts in Samhain celebration

If you go down to the woods today….. You’re sure of a spooky surprise. I was eager to have at least one out-of-town adventure this…

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the Pigeon Pair and Me is one year old

This is a short post to say: thanks for the good times, blogosphere. I came into this game hoping to get some writing practice, and…

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A round of a claw – month seven, October 2013

Welcome back to my unashamedly proud monthly round-up of milestones reached by our terrific twosome, Austin and Gwen. Last month, we broke the news that…

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Spring bulbs

Two years ago, I spent a happy morning planting Spring bulbs, in anticipation of our new baby, due to arrive in the March. It was…

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