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Thursday Photo #122

Well it’s been quite a week. After months of excited anticipation, Libby has finally started school and she couldn’t be happier about it. At the weekend, we were determined to make the most of our last few days together and there was no better way to do that spending the day at one of our favourite local attractions. We headed to Eastnor Castle on Saturday and spent most of the day outside. The girls learnt medieval skills like jousting and sword fighting and played on a brilliant adventure playground. Libby spent the day with my mum on Monday. She’s been spending at least…

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Why I won’t be crying at the school gates

Next week, my little girl will start school.  Every day I read another blog post or Facebook status about what an emotional experience it is seeing them off for that first day.  But I won’t be sad.  And I know you already think less of me for it, you’ve got me down as a bad mother.  The type that doesn’t care about my little girl.  Doesn’t worry about how she’ll get on and won’t miss her when she’s not around every day. But you’re wrong, I do care.  I care enough to have looked around all the local schools and found…

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Thursday Photo #101

I finally feel like things are calming down a bit here. Everything is still chaos, I still have tidying up, paperwork and gardening that should have been done months ago, but I’m slowly starting to catch up. Or at least not get any further behind. I’ve had quite a lot going on with my blog over the past few weeks, resulting in lots of lovely things coming our way to review, for both myself and the girls. And of course, the dogs got involved too with their fabulous dog’s tea party. The next couple of days are huge for both…

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What can you do if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered?

Like many parents across the country, we are currently waiting to find out which school has a place for our child. I have written before about the fact that we don’t feel our local school is the best place for her, and questioned whether we really have the right to choose a school. What are your options if you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered? The right to an education is fundamental here in the UK and I will never forget how lucky my children are to have that opportunity. But I also have the right to…

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Can I really choose a school for my child?

When we decided to start a family, my husband and I were living in his flat. We loved it there, it was a great area and convenient for nights out and for commuting to work. It would also have been fine to stay there when the girls came along. Fine, but not perfect. There wasn’t that much space and there were only two bedrooms. There was no garden and we had no family in the village. So we knew it was sensible to move, and the perfect home was staring us in the face – because I’d already owned it…

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