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Back in one of my favourite places … taken Jul 06, 2018 @ 18:12
Back in one of my favourite places ...
Having had a dip & discovered yes you can swim in the sea now using shell to dig…. this is the boy when we met him who hated sand on him anywhere taken Jul 08, 2018 @ 10:09
Having had a dip & discovered yes you can swim in the sea now using shell to dig.... this is the boy when we met him who hated sand on him anywhere #adoptionjourney
Birthday cake number 1 finished….. Sqk is 7 a week today & we have our first proper party for him on Sunday …. taken Jul 12, 2018 @ 20:33
Birthday cake number 1 finished..... Sqk is 7 a week today & we have our first proper party for him on Sunday .... #adoptionjourney
Cake no 2. Missing belt part due to name 🙂 Sqk is really pleases as is Mummy as her artistic skills are somewhat lacking taken Jul 13, 2018 @ 17:48
Cake no 2. Missing belt part due to name :) Sqk is really pleases as is Mummy as her artistic skills are somewhat lacking #adoptionjourney #birthdaycake
36 cakes later Sqk has cakes for all his class tmrw for his birthday. After his visit to his school for September taken Jul 18, 2018 @ 16:53
36 cakes later Sqk has cakes for all his class tmrw for his birthday. After his visit to his school for September #adoptionjourney #adoptionbirthday
Yes you lie there looking all sweet & innocent. Just out of picture is the third ‘present’ in 36 hours…. plus still like to know where yesterday’s live mole got to…. taken Jul 19, 2018 @ 15:00
Yes you lie there looking all sweet & innocent. Just out of picture is the third ‘present’ in 36 hours.... plus still like to know where yesterday’s live mole got to....
One incredibly proud Mummy – if also a very emotional one… taken Jul 20, 2018 @ 16:01
One incredibly proud Mummy - if also a very emotional one... #adoptionjourney #movinghouse
Revisiting more of my childhood – Southwold today. Sqk wants to go in but other plans today…. taken Jul 24, 2018 @ 11:12
Revisiting more of my childhood - Southwold today. Sqk wants to go in but other plans today....
Enjoying Adnams Gin & Tonic in sunshine in Southwold taken Jul 24, 2018 @ 11:37
Enjoying Adnams Gin & Tonic in sunshine in Southwold #adnamssouthwold
Sqk had a unique experience today – yes that is his little hand. At the Sandringham Flower Show introducing himself as Harry Potter.. taken Jul 25, 2018 @ 13:36
Sqk had a unique experience today - yes that is his little hand. At the Sandringham Flower Show introducing himself as Harry Potter.. #adoptionjourney

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A really happy Sqk – we promised him beach & yes it isn’t the warmest but he is enjoying himself in his new wetsuit. taken Jun 05, 2018 @ 10:36
A really happy Sqk - we promised him beach & yes it isn’t the warmest but he is enjoying himself in his new wetsuit.
Looking at the train that is about to take us to Whitby taken Jun 06, 2018 @ 09:13
Looking at the train that is about to take us to Whitby
Getting lost in the steam taken Jun 06, 2018 @ 09:13
Getting lost in the steam
Celebration in caravan – ok not confirmed move yet but pieces falling into place….. taken Jun 06, 2018 @ 20:55
Celebration in caravan - ok not confirmed move yet but pieces falling into place.....
Today we are enjoying a swing….. taken Jun 07, 2018 @ 11:48
Today we are enjoying a swing.....
A year ago Lily entered our lives as a young 5 month old rehomed kitten …. she has grown & if very definitely my cat… taken Jun 10, 2018 @ 21:48
A year ago Lily entered our lives as a young 5 month old rehomed kitten .... she has grown & if very definitely my cat...
Today’s – nails done…. taken Jun 14, 2018 @ 15:13
Today’s #selfcare - nails done....
Learning the joys of Melody Pops taken Jun 22, 2018 @ 16:47
Learning the joys of Melody Pops
Having a lovely day walking around here taken Jun 30, 2018 @ 11:56
Having a lovely day walking around here
Explaining stuff… taken Jun 30, 2018 @ 13:51
Explaining stuff...

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Watching parrot at Alton Towers. Merlin Pass for the win…. taken May 12, 2018 @ 12:45
Watching parrot at Alton Towers. Merlin Pass for the win....
Our drinks for first desert course are served interestingly taken May 19, 2018 @ 20:48
Our drinks for first desert course are served interestingly
5 years ago we said a final goodbye to Ricki. Just under a year ago we said hello to Lily. We are convinced they are related somehow…. taken Jun 01, 2018 @ 09:07
5 years ago we said a final goodbye to Ricki. Just under a year ago we said hello to Lily. We are convinced they are related somehow....

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View out back of caravan. Lovely end to day taken Apr 14, 2018 @ 19:55
View out back of caravan. Lovely end to day #caravan #adoption
Batch lot of Delia’s Ragu. We had fresh last night & now to be frozen in Sqk size portions. Easy tea for a boy who loves bolognese. taken Apr 17, 2018 @ 16:21
Batch lot of Delia’s Ragu. We had fresh last night & now to be frozen in Sqk size portions. Easy tea for a boy who loves bolognese. #adoptionjourney
Watching Sqk have fun in one of his favourite places. Had a lovely walk around estate as well … taken Apr 21, 2018 @ 11:30
Watching Sqk have fun in one of his favourite places. Had a lovely walk around estate as well ...
Rocking headphones & hat look….. taken Apr 21, 2018 @ 12:29
Rocking headphones & hat look.....
Enjoying our favourite pastime … watching trains taken Apr 29, 2018 @ 10:55
Enjoying our favourite pastime ... watching trains #adoption
Getting ready to scoot …. taken May 06, 2018 @ 15:36
Getting ready to scoot ....

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View out my office window this morning. I made it in – carefully. As expected I am doing 9am lecture as colleague lives up in the Dales. taken Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:10
View out my office window this morning. I made it in - carefully. As expected I am doing 9am lecture as colleague lives up in the Dales.
View now – it is getting interesting. My car may stay here till Friday at this rate taken Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:16
View now - it is getting interesting. My car may stay here till Friday at this rate
I have to give Work credit – now ploughing roads. They appear to want to stay open taken Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:28
I have to give Work credit - now ploughing roads. They appear to want to stay open
My foot attire this morning – they came out of hibernation yesterday…. taken Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:29
My foot attire this morning - they came out of hibernation yesterday....
Snowing again 🙁 taken Feb 28, 2018 @ 15:01
Snowing again :(
Seems be a theme for this date taken Mar 04, 2018 @ 09:00
Seems be a theme for this date
Dragon convention on our bed taken Mar 04, 2018 @ 09:32
Dragon convention on our bed

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Testing in schools and all that

I have been reading a lot of discussion on Twitter about the governments announcement this week on testing times tables for 8/9 year olds in all schools in England in 2020. Once again I am frustrated by yet more standardised testing of our children particularly as my son will be the year in which this happens. He has already ‘failed’ his phonics test in year 1 due to not liking made up words. He scored 20 which coincidentally is the number of real words in the test. He is also by the way reading fluently and at gold level which in my understanding is more usual for the year above him – and this is a summer-born child. He can happily count up and down in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s but as yet has to get the leap to understanding this to be his times tables. Learning by rote as I did is not coming …..

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My current working environment. Sqk decided today was the day to be sick at school … so I am marking third year exam papers laid on floor in our lounge… taken Jan 24, 2018 @ 13:46
My current working environment. Sqk decided today was the day to be sick at school ... so I am marking third year exam papers laid on floor in our lounge...
Our newly decorated lounge including new paintable paper after at least 21 years. Just in time for us to move – hence neutral colours. taken Jan 26, 2018 @ 17:05
Our newly decorated lounge including new paintable paper after at least 21 years. Just in time for us to move - hence neutral colours.
Bathroom also had its first coat of paint since we moved in so I think will be 15+ years (brought off my parents) taken Jan 26, 2018 @ 17:07
Bathroom also had its first coat of paint since we moved in so I think will be 15+ years (brought off my parents)
This sofa is getting crowded …. taken Jan 31, 2018 @ 17:46
This sofa is getting crowded ....
My current view in caravan…. taken Feb 03, 2018 @ 17:47
My current view in caravan....
Don’t think our house has looked this tidy in a very long time … decluttering for photos on Thursday taken Feb 04, 2018 @ 19:11
Don’t think our house has looked this tidy in a very long time ... decluttering for photos on Thursday #housemove

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