Outdoor learning just in the garden

Tommy and LJ love our garden, they love Mamma’s greenhouse (Tommy has been calling me that since he began talking and couldn’t say grandma). We are learning so much by playing outdoors just in this small space. I wanted to share some free and inexpensive  ideas for developing your garden and using it for fun learning I’ve left a patch of grass ‘wild’ to encourage butterflies … Continue reading Outdoor learning just in the garden

It’s the little things that matter …

I have been horrible this weekend. Bad tempered, snappy and irritable. Why? I’ve no idea – I just know I’ve been difficult to live with. You know those times when you can hear yourself and know you need to shut up but can’t – yep one of those days! Two things made me stop and think about what mattered this morning both tiny little things … Continue reading It’s the little things that matter …

The (tongue in cheek) grandparent’s guide to indoor play areas

Tommy and LJ love ‘Play Valley’ and a trip there instigates almost mass hysteria. Never underestimate the pull of brightly coloured plastic! It occurred to me yesterday that there are pearls of wisdom ( tongue firmly in cheek) I can pass on to Rookie grandparents Footwear – never wear shoes that have laces or are difficult to get on and off. By ‘difficult’ I mean … Continue reading The (tongue in cheek) grandparent’s guide to indoor play areas

A break through …

The lack of left handed cameras is frustrating, as is the lack of understanding on the part of major manufacturers. However, we are undeterred and yesterday saw a breakthrough for us. We were in a cafe when Tommy put his camera onto the table and looked at the live view screen, he shook his head and said ‘can’t see you mama’ He was actually trying … Continue reading A break through …

Limb difference awareness month

April is limb difference awareness month and combined with this photo of Tommy from yesterday I’ve been spurred to write. Tommy is a mischievous, bubbly two year old who meets life head on. He bursts into our kitchen with the door rattling on its hinges and announces gleefully ‘I’m back’. He is a confident and happy child for whom life is an adventure. Yesterday I … Continue reading Limb difference awareness month

The joy of a cardboard box

Buildy Ouse Is Tommy favourite saying at the minute. He loves cardboard boxes and whenever he sees a large box he gleefully demands that you build him a house with it. Along with generations of children before him he is fascinated with cardboard boxes. He will climb in, on, under them, or failing that he will walk round with them on his head. A door … Continue reading The joy of a cardboard box

Just the norm

Tommy and LJ had a ‘sleepover’ yesterday ( the reason for the inverted commas will be obvious to any grandparents out there). I’ve watched Tommy develop and am struggling with being amazed at what he can do with his little arm and being cross with myself for being amazed, as to him this is just the norm.He was ‘decorating’ ( yes those inverted commas again) … Continue reading Just the norm

Why are there no left handed cameras?

Surely in this technological age it wouldn’t take too much to design and manufacture a left handed camera? I’m a right handed photographer so didn’t give this a thought before Tommy was born with a missing right hand. He is now at an age where he is curious about everything but he loves my camera. Let’s be honest he rarely sees me without it. He is … Continue reading Why are there no left handed cameras?