The savage loves his native shore, though rude the soil and chill the air; Then well may Erin's sons adore, their isle that nature formed so fair. From The Irishman by James Orr, Ballycarry. I haven't mentioned it before so I thought I'd share the fact that, although I now live in Cornwall, I'm actually… Continue reading The Savage Loves His Native Shore
When I think about what it takes to make Co-Parenting successful, a few things spring to mind - mutual respect; consistency; sharing responsibility; sensitivity; communication. And its the last one that has become an issue in my world over the last year. I haven't felt that I have been receiving the communication I deserve from… Continue reading Co-Parenting Tip #1 – Communicate
We had a little issue recently when I suggested to Rose that we might not have time to do her school reading homework one evening. She became extremely upset at the idea, crying her eyes out and saying that she "would be punished at school." From a kid who has always been so happy at… Continue reading Reward v Punishment
It was great to get back in the water this evening, catching waves for the first time in weeks. It hasn't been a great year for surf here, and as it's been a sort of therapy for me over the last few years, helping relieve stress and anxiety, I've really missed it. Watching the sun… Continue reading Surf Therapy
Today was another gloomy and rainy day, but I really fancied going for a bit of a walk and picking some sloe and blackberries. We might also get some mussels if I could get round to the spot at low tide that I'd normally kayak to at high water. So with the rain falling steadily,… Continue reading More rainy days!
With winter fast approaching I'm determined to get in the right frame of mind for it this year. We will be getting out regularly no matter what the weather. It would be nice to have a dog to motivate me to get out in all weathers, but I've got the next best thing...a kid! They're… Continue reading Rainy days!
The last couple of weeks at work have been pretty difficult, challenging and enjoyable, but a little stressful and tiring! When I'm in the classroom or working with a pupil in any capacity I try to give 100% all the time, and when working with some pupils in particular, it can be quite draining physically… Continue reading At the end of the day…
During the summer we went to see a fantastic immersive theatre group called Rogue Theatre. This was our second time seeing them and it was just as good, if not better the second time. The show is set in the woods and the whole experience begins from the moment you arrive and start down the… Continue reading Rogue Theatre – Woodland Summer Ball
It's Rose's week at her mum's (we are currently in a week each routine) and so it's a chance for me to get out and about child free and have some quality 'me time'. As the sea was fairly flat I fancied getting in for a dip and a look around, so I met a… Continue reading Midweek Me Time
After a week of fairly (really!) rubbish weather - windy and heavy rain - a window of opportunity opened up Sunday for a bit of kayaking and snorkelling, and we took it. Putting the kayak in close to Helford Village, we paddled round to Frenchman's Creek, of Daphne Du Maurier fame. Enroute to Frenchman's Creek… Continue reading A Perfect Sunday