For many students over the years, Homer's Odyssey has been used as an introduction into the Classical world.
Disclaimer: No actual baking occurred in the making of this episode. Ovens are dangerous for tiny humans. The Biscuit Table Phenomenon. After some time spent nursing our egos following the dreaded disco disaster, Dilly and I were grateful that we had planned a quiet, wholesome activity that everyone could join in: biscuit decorating. A simple, yet … Continue reading Confessions of a Rainbow Leader #2
The Dreaded Disco I thought I would start near the beginning, to prove just how out of our depth Dilly and I were when we first started. Mistake number one was not realising quite how much we had yet to learn. We always planned the activities for each week before the start of term, and … Continue reading Confessions of a Rainbow Leader #1
A Rainbow leader! My friend Daffodil* and I decided to take over our local Girlguiding group (called ‘Rainbows’), and we both became Rainbow leaders. 13 girls aged 5-7 years, a cosy Church hall on a sleepy road in a bit of London with so much green space, it’s the countryside in all but name. Daffodil’s … Continue reading Confessions of a What?
'Better drowned than duffers; if not duffers, won't drown.' In allowing his children to sail away unsupervised, the father of the Walker children in Arthur Ransome's classic 1930 adventure novel Swallows and Amazons, and indeed Ransome himself, certainly had a different view of what children should be doing than we have today. And this laissez-faire perspective … Continue reading A Recreation of a Classic: Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons
Love, life and everything human seemed small and trifling in such close juxtaposition with an infuriated universe ~ Thomas Hardy, 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. Hardy’s 1874 novel ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ is a great favourite of mine. It tells the tale of Bathsheba Everdene, a headstrong young woman in a man’s role as … Continue reading What’s in a name?