Here's a funny thing. I was procrastinating earlier, considering where to start with this blog post. Scrolling through the Facebook memories function* I came across this. 11 years ago Mum was awarded her PhD here in Belfast. She's an expert in Early Years Education (...a very well qualified Granny). Anyway. That only becomes a funny … Continue reading PhDad
I've started lots of blog posts this past month, and none of them have made the cut. They've either trailed off, been too hard to write, or just been plain boring! Luke, on the other hand, is having no trouble with his creative writing. Today, as he was doing his homework, he muttered, "I think … Continue reading Stifling creativity or shaping character?
Can you believe it? I'm writing a blog post about not being in Northern Ireland. This is not because I've had enough of this beautiful wee island. Rather, it is a celebration of the fact that, now we do actually live here, school holidays no longer need to be spent travelling here to go house/school … Continue reading Easter in the Netherlands
The school holidays are underway at last. The boys were released from school at lunchtime today, much to everyone's relief! We've spent the last few hours under duvets in the living room watching Dumbo (the 'old' cartoon) and Ice Age 4, making a start on the Easter eggs, and feeling sorry for ourselves as we've … Continue reading Transport through the ages!
...we'd love to have you! That's what we said to our family and friends when we left England. We're amazed and delighted by how many of you are actually coming to visit - it's such a treat to spend time with old friends and to show off this beautiful country. Back in March we had … Continue reading Be our guest…
...the sun IS shining! You already know why Ireland is so green, right? It rains a LOT. In fact, we'd broken our own March rainfall record here by 18th March, with 152mm of rain falling by then. Urgh. Ever the optimist (or, in denial), I decided Thursday was the day to rescue the outdoor furniture … Continue reading It’s a beautiful day…
This has been on my mind a lot recently. My insecurities about my own career 'success' were compounded this week by the the myriad (often self aggrandising) social media posts and news features on International Women's Day (IWD) about women who have smashed the glass ceiling before they turned 30, who are changing the world … Continue reading How do we measure success?
This morning we were back to early rising, walking to school, and getting back into work* at our desks in the Sellars's office. The holiday week flew by, as half terms do, but that's mainly because it has been jam packed. After our first visitors left, we spent a very pleasant Thursday evening eating out … Continue reading More half-term antics!
To my shame, whilst I can get myself from A to B in England (even the epic journey from Bure Park, Bicester to Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire!) without requiring sat nav, it is taking a long time for me to find my sense of direction here. My new over-reliance on my phone for directions was highlighted … Continue reading Roads less travelled
The sun came streaming through the windows this afternoon. Low in the sky, as it does in winter, RIGHT at the moment when Luke's new school friends and their mummies (most of whom I didn't yet know) arrived at our door to celebrate his birthday. Only a few hours earlier I'd actively decided to work … Continue reading A lick & a promise…