On loving fiercely…

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ―Agatha Christie, "The Last Séance" On UK Mother's Day last weekend, I posted a photo collage of my beautiful Mama on Facebook … Continue reading On loving fiercely…

“Without music, life would be a mistake…”

I count myself lucky to have been brought up in a family where music was a part of every day life and musicianship was not only allowed, it was encouraged. Every member of my family is a musician. My mum, with her beautiful voice, used to do the 'folk' rounds in pubs with her guitar … Continue reading “Without music, life would be a mistake…”

“You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” – Pablo Casals 

I woke this morning to the awful news that my country's parliament had voted in support of air strikes in Syria, against the views and wishes of the majority of their constituents. While the horrors inflicted by ISIS cannot be ignored, the addition of more military, more bombs and more guns to a brutal war … Continue reading “You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” – Pablo Casals 

What are you made of? 

Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear. If you were to make a 'recipe for you', what would it contain?  What are the essential ingredients that make you who you are? I read the above quote and … Continue reading What are you made of? 

The Latitude Lottery

  The cold, bare, concrete floors, rows of basic metal-framed beds and thin mattresses with waxy sheets of fabric used as covers or blankets, the buzz of flies and mosquitoes as they come through the open windows, and the cries of unsettled babies echoing down the damp, unlit corridors. As I walked through the maternity unit … Continue reading The Latitude Lottery

Education is the key…

Every so often something appears in the news or on tv that truly sends a wave of despair over me. As a natural optimist, and positive thinker, it really does take a lot to wear me down. Even so, this is one of those pieces of news that really got to me. On Monday evening … Continue reading Education is the key…

Why Early Years?

My career and vocation in life is teaching. Within the world of teaching, my passion is working with early years - the period from birth to around age 8. I have often had colleagues, some of them long-term, highly experienced teachers, say 'Why?' and 'Don't you want to work with the older age-range?'. My answer? … Continue reading Why Early Years?