Can do. Kano Computer kids can build themselves.

putting the Kano computer together

When I was eight years old, Santa brought our family a ZX Spectrum. A black keyboard with tape deck, it plugged into the TV and changed our lives. That year I got a similarly black "ghetto blaster" which kept me occupied the endless hours when my father and brothers dominated the computer and TV playing American football. I never really got a look in. Fast forward 30 years, I spend a lot of my time on computers but I still have no idea how … [Read more...]

Weekend Project: Paint Sample Pinboard upcycle

pinboard paint sample makeover

Pinboards are, for the main part, plain and functional. You can of course buy fabric covered ones but when I was searching for a large pinboard for each of The Girls' rooms, I couldn't find anything I liked. So I ordered the size I wanted, then headed to my local DIY store for some paint samples for a Paint Sample Pinboard upcycle, if you will. Dimples has explained repeatedly of late that she likes "every colour of the rainbow" rather … [Read more...]

Adopting an Olive Tree with Pomora

pomora olive oil nuovo

An article in a newspaper is responsible for my freezer being filled with cherries. It's the reason I have three cherry stoners, a cupboard filled with jars of jams and compotes, and why I can't eat cherries after the end of July. We rent a cherry tree, the fruit from which we get to pick and keep every July. I spend about four days surrounded by boxes of up to 14kg cherries that need quick processing in the heat of the summer. The point … [Read more...]

Other mothers

Other mothers were born to be mothers. Other mothers make the effort to style their hair and do their make-up before the school run in the morning. Other mothers feed their children olives and humous and seabass. And the kids eat it. Other mothers iron all their children's clothes. Other mothers felt this visceral pull, so much more than mere love, from their newborn child the moment it took it's first breath. Other mothers read … [Read more...]

{Recipe} Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars flapjack chocolate banana recipe

Honestly, Dimples may have turned five but she is a determined and stubborn as any four year old. Or three year old. Or two year old. Thus the flapjacks with hidden banana, which had been lovingly dosed with chocolate chips as an incentive to eat, were quickly rebranded Monkey Bars to encourage eating. She's studying jungle animals at school this term so it was a convenient choice. It worked too. She hoovered them up and has asked for … [Read more...]

What to watch on the Amazon Fire TV Box

What to watch on the Amazon Fire TV Box

When I learned there was a TV set top box coming to market from Amazon, I signed up immediately, keen to take advantage of the saving- it cost £59.99 at the early bird rate*- and try out the future of television. We don't have Smart TVs at The Cottage. To be honest we struggle to get internet some days, despite the fact that high speed broadband has already come to our corner of the Kent countryside. But my grumble about my exchange not yet being … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Clucking Easter Chicken

paper plate clucking Easter chicken

I have been meaning to write this post for over two years, yet every time I make these chickens they get taken into school by The Girls and used and used until they crumble to pieces. I should be flattered that something I used to make long before I ever imagined living in the country and owning actual chickens that lay actual eggs and poo all over the lawn, long before I had children of my own, should be so popular. Did you ever make … [Read more...]