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How to dispose of cotoneaster horizontalis

Published: July 15, 2021

On checking a small plant that had started growing amongst some gravel in our garden, I discovered that it is cotoneaster horizontalis. I also discovered that we have an overgrown horizontalis in front of our kitchen window. Reading up on this plant let me to realise that it’s considered to be a non-native invasive species…

Lessons from our garden

Published: June 20, 2021

We’ve recently bought a house with a beautiful but slightly neglected garden. Having never really been much of a gardener, I’m embarking on a steep learning curve. I’m determined to do the garden justice even though I don’t know much right now. In the last few weeks since moving in, I’ve been using Plantnet to…

Harry Potter trip around the UK – our itinerary

Last updated: June 19, 2021

My family and I travelled around the UK in summer 2020 visiting Harry Potter sights. This was a way of having a varied holiday that all the family could engage with and enjoy. Our 12 and 9 year olds are big Harry Potter fans. Some people have asked me to share our itinerary, so I’m…

History of 49 Kelsey Lane, Beckenham

Last updated: June 26, 2021

I’ve started researching the history of 49 Kelsey Lane, Beckenham. At the moment I’ve just started collecting relevant documents and links. I’m using Notion to keep track of what I find and you can see my Notion database here. If you have any information that could be relevant please let me know. If you can…

Notion database of plants in my garden and house

Last updated: May 28, 2021

In this post, I’ll explain how I’m making a database of all the plants in my garden and house and I’ll signpost you to the resources I’ve used, including my own Notion template, in case you’d like to try this yourself. We recently bought a new house which has a mature garden with lots of…

School uniform and road safety

Published: May 18, 2021

DS1’s secondary school requires the children to wear black coats and bags, in addition to black trousers, shoes and socks. I believe this makes it harder for the children to be seen by drivers and increases their risk of being involved in road accidents. I don’t think this uniform policy is unusual – I know…

The Sacred Egg

Published: May 17, 2021

I’m sharing something my family has started doing in the last few days. If you’d like to encourage people in your household to do what is right, then there may be something you could adapt here. When we play card games with counters, (Nain Jaune is a favourite thanks to DH’s French ancestry), our children…

Where do you bounce?

Published: May 16, 2021

This is my first post describing a fun family activity. I’d like this to be the first of many such posts and hope that I can build a library of fun things families can do together that I and others can turn to if we’re stuck for inspiration. This post describes an activity that my…

Sharing something of value every day

Last updated: May 17, 2021

I recently adopted a new habit – to share something of value every day. I was inspired by listening to Ali Abdaal’s video about passive income in which he emphasised the importance of creating useful content consistently over time. And while I’m not likely to match Ali’s level of productivity, I thought maybe I could…