Don’t Forget Tiggs

Don't Forget Tiggs

Mr and Mrs Hurry are always in a hurry.

Nobody knows this better than their poor son Harry who gets left at home one day when both Mr and Mrs Hurry forget to bring him to school.

Luckily for Harry, he has a very reliable cat.

Tiggs has a no nonsense attitude and a will to get things done properly.  (A trait we very much admire).



By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Tony Ross

We read this book to Lil D purely on the basis that she shares a nickname with Tiggs the cat.  Little did we know we’d all fall for Tiggs and his sensible ways.

If it weren’t for Tiggs we’d truly despair for poor Harry.

This book is a funny reminder for all of us busy adults to stop and take time for the things that matter.


Back to school… again

Last March, to my surprise and delight, I stumbled across the job of my dreams.

❤ Library assistant ❤

If someone had said to me years ago when I was choosing my future path that I should be a librarian, I’m inclined to think I would have agreed.  I definitely have the key traits: a love of reading, an enjoyment of quiet and my own working date stamp (thanks Bear).

Date stampBut they didn’t, so I skipped from job to job, enrolling on course after course (how many letters does an auntie need after her name?) in the quest to find the job.

So what do I do now I’ve got it?

Back to School
Enroll in a new course, of course.

Man, I seem to have an addiction.

*super-excited to get started*

El Deafo

I was on a mission to find comic books for a reluctant reader.  Many recommendations came up but this one caught me eye.  As I glanced through it on arrival, I knew it was mature beyond our dotes understanding but it looked like it would hit all the right notes with me. Interesting illustrations, a personal, true story, a different perspective of life…

📖 No book unread 📖


September Book Club

The Shepherd’s Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

The Wee Free Men

Ever since I read Monstrous Regiment  I have been hooked on the Discworld books (I totally did not see the twist coming, as obvious as it was).  Not all of them were classics, but there are so many enduring characters, with faults and virtues in often unequal measure that they make you realise the world is completely mad sometimes.

And among my favourite in the series are the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, I shall Wear Midnight and Wintersmith).  Written for younger readers they incorporate elements and characters of the adult books, with the strong and sensible young Tiffany Aching as our focus as she negotiates her way through life as temporary Kelda (kind of a queen) to the Nac Mac Feegles (a clan of well meaning but mischievous small creatures- definitely not fairies), Hag (or witch) of the Chalk (where Tiffany lives) and a girl trying to grow up.

The Shepherd’s Crown is something more than Tiffany’s story though.  It is the last book written by Terry Pratchett before his death, and the early scenes of the death of a long running character from the adult books felt genuinely sad.  But even these chapters contain the joy of noticing the absurd, and doing what has to be done, because sometimes you are the only one sensible enough to get it done.

It isn’t a complete book, I imagine details would have been fleshed out if time had allowed, but as a fan I’m glad we got one last outing.

The wee free menI probably won’t read this particular Pratchett with the dotes just yet, but I highly recommend introducing the little ones (and yourself) to the wonders of Discworld.  The Wee Free Men is a good place to start.

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.”

A Hat Full of Sky

♥️ Friday Night Lights ♥️

We aunties have a theory.  In pretty much all matters, Northern Ireland is about 10 years behind the rest of the world.  Technology, trends, events – we get there, it just takes time. Sometimes we can laugh this off but mostly its just irritating.  For the first time ever it’s been to our advantage, or so we’ve chosen to believe.

We have just discovered the TV show Friday Night Lights and oh how our hearts have been full. Originally aired 2006, it fits our timeline quite well.  But the pleasure of knowing we can watch it all without those pesky weeks in between is the best thing ever.  Tense season finale? Hoho, no need to live with the uncertainty, on we go to the next season. Perfect (@_@)

But that really doesn’t explain why we’ve fallen so hard for a show that on paper shouldn’t be our cup of tea. High school American football.  That shouldn’t really be coming up on a “Recommended for you” section and probably not even a “You watched this, so you might like this” box, but we were struggling.  We were sick of watching shows we weren’t all that into. We wanted the little time we spend watching TV to be quality (ha, I say TV but who watches stuff on a TV anymore? Even here we use our laptops)

Then Eims saw a lone review, fateful perhaps.  Onto our list FNL went and then one day, with low expectations we pessimistically pressed play.  Clear eyes.

The word obsessed comes to mind.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s happened before, there are shows we absolutely love.  Vikings would be up there, Parks and Recreations, The West Wing – and characters become so dear, Ragnar even ended up as my screensaver for a while. Josh and Donna will always be our friends.  But bearing in mind we’ve only completed one season, this show seems different. Maybe it’s because it was so unexpected but mostly because of Coach.

We’ve found a hero.Coach

Interactive Notebook

Finally, my stationery addiction can be used for a greater good.

I’ve spent the last few days obsessed with interactive notebooks.

I didn’t know I needed one until a pinterest search for maths fact reviews showed me I couldn’t possibly live without one.  I had been researching a way to help Lil D (and all subsequent dotes) remember maths facts. You know, the basics, the ones that come automatically without thought. I think we just repeated it over and over again when we were kids. Not wishing to take a shortcut, Lil D will too, but with some awesome props.

Interactive notebookBasically an interactive notebook is a pop up notebook.  Everything has a pull or an open or a movement that should bring the notes on the page to life. Usually class teachers plan their master copy and have their pupils do the cutting and pasting as they go through the material.  I’m playing catch up.  For Lil D this is a review so hours with a stick of glue and scissors later and I’ve mapped out basic addition, subtraction and time.

With the help of printables from

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Being a huge fan of stationery this was the perfect job for me.  I’m never happier than when I’m making something.  Scissors and paper are good friends of mine.  Time well spent, methinks.  Lets hope Lil D thinks so too (^-^)