26 03, 2013


By |March 26th, 2013|home life, learning, open education|1 Comment

I had some plans for the Activity 3 in the #h817open course - to produce a visual representation that defines openness in education... Grand plans waylaid by something that I couldn't control... On Friday 22nd March we awoke to blizzards, deeply drifted snow and a power cut. In our small rural town in Southwest Scotland [...]

26 08, 2010

moving on…

By |August 26th, 2010|home life|4 Comments

>I can't believe I haven't written since feb! Alot has gone on since then. We moved from Glasgow to Dumfries and Galloway. Found a run down old house with a fab ironmongers shop incorporated. We are keeping the shop going and it is called 'Life's Little Ironies - The Whithorn Ironmonger'. I have set up [...]

2 11, 2009

Innovating e-Learning 2009

By |November 2nd, 2009|home life|0 Comments

>Innovating e-Learning 2009 - Thriving, not just surviving Innovating e-Learning 2009, the fourth JISC online conference, takes place on 24-27 November 2009. Now a major event in the calendar of conferences on learning, teaching and technology, Innovating e-Learning focuses this year on the theme of Thriving, not just Surviving. The programme reflects the challenges facing [...]

27 06, 2009

postcard from poland

By |June 27th, 2009|parenting|0 Comments

> Twice a year we usually have to deal with our son getting very upset and having a week or so of sadness, crying and inability to sleep. This is because on his birthday and at christmas his dad sends him a parcel and a letter. He is torn because, of course, he is really [...]

29 05, 2008


By |May 29th, 2008|home life|0 Comments

> But when the self speaks to the self, who is speaking? - the entombed soul, the spirit driven in, in, in to the central catacomb; the self that took the veil and left the world - a coward perhaps, yet somehow beautiful, as it flits with its lantern restlessly up and down the dark [...]

12 03, 2008


By |March 12th, 2008|home life|0 Comments

> Well if I'm not an aspie then I guess I'm a fairly obsessive perfectionist. This seems to be affecting most parts of my life. In my work I get quite stressed out if I can't do my job really well - which I often can't due to the sheer amount of what I need [...]

22 02, 2008


By |February 22nd, 2008|home life|0 Comments

We're off 'doon the water' as they say in Glasgow. We've had an offer accepted on a house in Dunoon, which is in Argyll and Bute on the West coast of Scotland. We are all fairly excited but it isn't planned to happen until the end of May. This allows enough time to sell our [...]

15 02, 2008

new beginnings

By |February 15th, 2008|home education, home life|5 Comments

> frozen in time It feels like we are coming out of hibernation... So much has happened that I don't have time to do write it all down, but I think we're coming back to the blogging and soon to the home education... laurie is due to start secondary school this year and it has [...]

22 06, 2007


By |June 22nd, 2007|home life|3 Comments

>A year ago I was writing about my son being bullied. I remember all the things I said to try to help him deal with it. None of it worked, none of it was satisfactory and I knew it all the time... Well I myself had been bullied before he was born - as an [...]

21 10, 2006


By |October 21st, 2006|home life|4 Comments

>tim calls it "la la land" which does make me smile and laurie laughs at it too. still it doesn't stop him spending all his time there. throughout the day he can be hard going "tcheeew tcheeew" and swinging his sword/light sabre/magic staff around and asking if I think his technique has improved. of course [...]

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