My ideal week: 2020 version

My ideal week: 2020 version

I find the start of a new school year to be a good time to work out how I’m going to structure my week and to come up with a vision of what my ideal week would look like. I start with the big things that can’t be moved, add in all the everyday things that...
Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

For the last few years, or so , I have been struggling with my digestion. And so at the end of last year I started seeing a dietician. On their advice I have been following a low fodmap exclusion diet. For those of you, probably most of you, who aren’t sure what...
It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

Things here in the Netherlands have started to open up again after what has been described as an “intelligent” lockdown. Primary schools have been back for a few weeks with half sized classes, as the children did half school at school and half school at...
crisis knitting

crisis knitting

I’m sitting down to write this and I’m really not sure what I want to write about. I have a list of possible blog topics, but somehow none of them seem relevant right now. This is a weird time, for everyone, where the norms are not normal. Where there is...
Homeschooling report

Homeschooling report

Like many round the world we have been watching the coronavirus pandemic spread. This is an unsettling time for everyone, especially those who, like me, find themselves in the high risk category. In order to minimise the spread and control the need for hospital and...
Sint v Santa – combining celebrations

Sint v Santa – combining celebrations

It’s that time of year again, when the shops are full of kruidnoten and we have the seemingly endless consumerism approaching of Sinterklaas followed by Christmas. One of the things you need to do to a greater extent when you live abroad is to combine holiday...