After last year's egg hunt with rhyming clues, I felt I might have painted myself into a corner. This year, therefore, I've written a little story which has the clues incorporated into it, called 'The Quest for the Easter Bunny'. To stage the egg hunt you'll need 7 envelopes, a printer, and some mini eggs (larger … Continue reading Egg Hunt 2016: The Quest for the Easter Bunny
As you can probably tell, I'm just a tiny bit excited. I have an article in the Guardian newspaper today! I get the Saturday Guardian most weekends, and in the Family section they run little pieces about photos, records and recipes. I wrote my piece, about Abba's Super Trouper, maybe three weeks ago, sent it to the email address in … Continue reading ‘Playlist: Super Trouper’ in today’s Guardian!
Happy National Scrabble Day! To be honest I had no idea that there even was a National Scrabble Day until I heard it on the radio this morning. However, now that I know I might have to mark it in the calendar. I wouldn't describe myself as a Scrabble fiend, but I do like a … Continue reading Scrabble
For the last couple of years I've done an Easter egg hunt for the boys. Last year I was a bit lazy (and pushed for time) and I recycled some of the clues. Which of course they spotted immediately. And they also noted that the Easter Bunny's handwriting is exactly like mine. Not much gets … Continue reading Egg Hunt: Happy Easter!
Back in October I had the opportunity to attend an 'in conversation with' event featuring Brian Cosgrove. I was VERY excited. For those of you who are considering nipping off to Wikipedia to look him up, Brian Cosgrove is largely responsible for some of the best fun you can have in front of a TV; … Continue reading Lots of love and fun
At the top of the page you should be able to see Exhibit A. May I present gender-specific Boots Advantage Card coupons. Forgive me if this is old news to you, but I don't think Mr Bitsa and I had ever opened the coupons at the same time. Certainly I hadn't noticed this before. I … Continue reading Blue for a boy, pink for a girl
We're getting to that difficult age. The boys are six and eight, and while the eight-year-old seems to be on-message, the younger one has shown some signs of disbelief in the red-suited one. A couple of weeks ago I was standing with him, waiting for the school bell to ring, and he said 'I don't … Continue reading Sleigh 1: Elves 0
I submitted In My End Is My Beginning for Day 1 of Ether Flash Fiction Fortnight, where the theme we had to work to was Beginnings. This story is a rewrite of a very short story I wrote for Flash!Friday, where our photo prompt was a picture of St Kilda, and our required item to include was a … Continue reading In My End Is My Beginning: the story behind the story
Whenever we're out somewhere and the kids have some colouring to keep them occupied, I always check the crayons, looking for the wavy black band. I'm not sure how old I was when I first encountered Crayola crayons. What I remember most is the names. Chartreuse. Goldenrod. Periwinkle. So much choice, so many colours that … Continue reading Periwinkle