Wow, this week certainly has been a change of pace!  I can see now why experienced homeschoolers recommend starting only one new subject per week!  I realised today that this week I have taken on rather more than I can comfortably chew, but hey – there’s nothing can’t be helped with a good night’s sleep 🙂

And it’s worth it.  If C and J were at school they still would have done maths and history and French and English today, or something very similar.  They still would have joined with other children playing tennis (J) and doing drama (C) “after school”.

But we probably wouldn’t have had the pleasure of picking apples from the garden together this afternoon.  I wouldn’t have looked on as they grappled awkwardly but determinedly with vegetable peelers as they made their first apple and blackberry crumbles (one to eat, one for the freezer),

or seen them happily engage in a game of Battleships while I cooked lunch (ok, happily engage in the first half of a game of Battleships…!),

or shared a moment of appreciation with my daughter as we studied Renoir’s “A Girl With A Watering Can” together over an unhurried breakfast.  These are the experiences I focus on whenever I find myself craving  introvert space.  I wouldn’t give them up for the world. And there’s always a mummy reboot 🙂


I had brunch today with L, a wonderful friend I’ve known since we both worked in music publishing before I got married. We don’t see each other very often, and have very different lifestyles, but the things L and I have in common go deep to the heart of who we are.  We have been colleagues in a tiny team within a large organisation, stretched in the same yoga classes, meditated together, practised therapy on eachother (L is qualified in Thought Field Therapy and – like me – neuro-linguistic programming), laughed and cried together on personal development courses, and supported eachother as “buddies” on a year long online coaching programme.  We have both learned heaps from and have huge respect for “coach’s coach” Michael Neill, and our conversations are animated by a rich shared vocabulary we have acquired along the way.  Discussing an idea with someone unfamiliar with it helps deepen one’s understanding of and can allow a gradual expansion of the idea, but when two people share a common starting ground, that creative process can be swift and delightful, as limits are explored and transcended, and concepts are combined in ways neither person could have individually foreseen.  So were my conversations with L today – as much when we discussed men and make-up as therapy and life-goals.

And to go with these life-enhancing conversations – American pancakes, French toast, bacon, and eggs, washed down with bottomless cups of tea and lashings of maple syrup. (One knows the food must’ve been good when one finds oneself coming over all Enid Blyton.)

The perfect brunch in every way.

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