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Kipper & the Broken Ear

One of Keelan and I’s favourite places to visit is Exeter library. We first visited several months ago and, alongside the brilliant books, Keelan took a shine to the large statue of Kipper the Dog that was sat on the shelf. He was very gentle with him, stroked him and then we found some stories with him in to read. This became a bit
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Right to offend

Ah, I love it when things like this happen. Mr. Gove’s recent statement that newspaper’s have the ‘right to offend’ has inspired me to start my own newspaper with that very purpose in mind. Wonderful. If you have any other suggestions for headlines I will very gladly add them. Visit Gove News!


We’re going on a beer hunt

I’ve loved Michael Rosen since I was little but it wasn’t until having children that I actually read ‘Bear Hunt’ for the first time. That was nearly 3 years ago and, for those of you who also have small children, you will empathise when I say I have now read it several hundred times. This is my little homage to that wonderful book about
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Pooh Sticks Review

What a game! For those of you who have never heard or experienced the game, here is a little run down of how to play, how to win and how to make a decent living if you fancy turning professional. These are the rules that we played this weekend: Step 1 – Stick selection We made our way to the river at the weekend
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Thomas and the Glasses

I have always wanted to be an author. I can remember being at first school at around age 7 and having a set of books that had been written and illustrated by children. I have no idea what they were called but I still have a very vivid picture of one of the characters. It was a pink monster that looked similar to a
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Mr. Gove

If you haven’t read this story, Mr. Gove has ‘attacked’ a teacher for producing a lesson plan based on the Mr. Men books. I’m not going to pass judgement on the story itself other than to say how delighted I was to read it as it gave me the inspiration to write my own Mr. Men story featuring Mr. Gove. I wish I could
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Game time!

We have been playing a game between the two of us called ‘Not my Nappy’. Although neither of us have actually mentioned the game by name or acknowledged its existence, the instructions are fairly simple and consistent all over the world. Two players are in a room when a sound or smell signals the start of the game. The two players then spend the
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Memories that linger

Although 2 and a half years have passed since our first son was born I have been transported back in time this week through the familar scent of our newborn’s full nappies. I have heard somewhere before that certain smells can trigger memories in people’s minds and that odour has certainly stirred images of sleepness nights, fumbling with buttons of sleepsuits in the dark
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Crealy

Having lived in Devon on and off for the last 16 years, until yesterday I had never visited Crealy Adventure Park. I’d been missing out. It was so enjoyable that we went again today and will probably be going again before the week is out.  


A limerick for Gove

There once was a teacher from Devon Who wrote poems since he was just 3 They oft’ didn’t rhyme But that didn’t matter Because he knew all of the dates that Mr. Gove wanted him to and didn’t ask any questions