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Three children (17, 15, 13)*** Two parents *** one dog *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

We’ve been blogging since January 2010, about everyday happenings that bring us joy.

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Have you ever noticed how a tech gadget recharges faster if you don’t use it at the same time? Or software downloads in no time, if you’re not googling cookie recipes? A page loads in seconds, if you’re not flicking to other apps? It’s the same with us humans. We recharge so much quicker if we’re not multi-tasking. This week, I’ve done just that. Apart from an hour sending out emails, I’ve switched off work. Continue reading

“Oar-some” boat II – a viking long boat

dragon head viking ship model childs history projectA few years ago, Eldest made a viking long boat as part of her history homework. I blogged about it. Judging by the number of hits that post gets, I think this homework has been set by a lot of teachers around the UK. Half-term, it was middle daughter’s turn.

viking ship model childs history project

She was thrilled. She remembered watching her sister make the boat last time and wanted to join in. Continue reading

AlphabetPhoto: O is for old


“1632*. Here lies the body of …..”

On the opposite side of the lane to Batcombe church, we were surprised to spot an old gravestone in the wall. We stood for a moment and pondered whether it really indicated the location of a body.

gravestone in wall

Given the context and it’s state, the verdict was that it was a good recycling project. Name has long since gone. No-one left to know for sure.  I think it works well as part of a wall. Out of place. Adding interest that only such an oddity can do.

Joining in with Charly’s #AlphabetPhoto linky. I could have gone with “out of place” or “oddity”, but this week my  O is for old. After all, a gravestone from 1632 is certainly old.

*Not sure if the date is 1632 or 1637, but the gravestone seems to date back to some time in the 1630s.


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