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Edinburgh Festival: learning & fun outdoors – Day 4

One of the great – and I do mean great – things about living in Edinburgh is the annual August Festival. I love it. We don’t go to grown up shows any more but we do three or four children’s shows and I’m going to say without hesitation they are far better than any grown… Read More


Online Learning – for grown ups! Creativity, Business Skills and more.

So this blog covers a wide range of subjects – a garden post later this week, an embroidery machine review after that – but it’s also about learning. Learning is something I really enjoy: I find it harder now than when I was in my twenties but I’m hoping to be one of those people… Read More



Review: Pattern Emporium Flat front Gathered skirt. No photos!

Another super speedy, photograph-short review, mainly because a) this pattern is very, very easy and quick to make and b) the results were hideous on me. The Pattern Emporium skirt looks cute: it is versatile, comfortable and the version I have includes an ingenious way to add pockets with either a straight or a curved top.… Read More



Guinea Pig Lapbook

Now that we are homeschooling (or home educating, as it’s more commonly called here in Scotland) there are lots of ways to record our interests and what we investigate. One of the popular ones amongst homeschoolers are lapbooks: It’s a really simple way to collect information together and present it attractively (as well as provide… Read More



Burns Night in Edinburgh

At the end of January we celebrated Burns Night – albeit without the haggis & traditional imbibing of whisky. Wee Bear visited the Storytelling Centre for a short play with puppets about the life of Burns and was so fired up about the poem “Tam o Shanter” that she sat down and made these drawings… Read More