Category Archives: Writing

Jubilee Alphabet

This is a work in progress by Monkey.  He is having trouble sleeping so we have been composing a Jubilee Alphabet.   I’m not sure if this is the finished version, as I’ve left him thinking about it, with a view to continuing tomorrow if he is in the mood.


Balloons and bunting, blue

Celebrations and cake


Elizabeth, England

Flags, fun

Golden crown







Nice day, Northern Ireland




Roundabout, red

Songs, Scotland


Union Jack


White, Wales

eXcellent day


Zzzzz…time to go to sleep (the Queen is tired)

Monkey’s milkshake recipe

This is Monkey’s version of the milkshake recipe which I posted about a few days ago.  He has written several copies, which I keep finding around the house.  I think he has probably copied it from the book, but he at least he is getting lots of writing practice.  I wondered whether to suggest making some different milkshakes and writing recipes for each one, but maybe I shouldn’t interfere as the whole thing was his idea in the first place.  It has led to lots of reading, writing and interesting discussions so far, so I might wait and see what he comes up with next.

What’s in a name?

The hardest thing about starting to write is the blank page – or screen.  When I thought about writing this blog I realised that the title could have become something I agonised about for so long that I would never have begun.  So instead I thought, I’ll just choose the first thing I can think of and get on with it.  Looking around the room, I happened to spot a rather beautiful box with a picture of The Very Hungry Caterpillar on it – having previously contained a mug and bowl gift set, it is now waiting to house “precious things” when I finally decide exactly which things are precious enough for such a gorgeous box!  So that is how this blog came by its name.  Only afterwards did I notice it was quite apt.  Watching children grow and develop into the amazing people they were created to be is perhaps a little like watching caterpillars changing into butterflies.  Only a bit more noisy and messy…