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Do you film the holidays?

April 18, 2011

Elsa, 9, and Nell,10, try out deck chairs in the park.

“Fun! Holidays! Get some peace!” That’s how a bloke giving out flyers advertised making a trip to see the Just so stories at the Pleasance theatre. I was shocked by his approach – presumably winning over some of the families he was giving flyers to – as I love being around kids in the holidays.

In fact my pet hate is that during the term children’s lives are so busy it’s hard for them to make their own fun, feel like they can do nothing at all (there’s always homework, music practice, pets to be cleaned out or something to rush to).

“They have no time to stand and stare”…
It’s rare they ever have more than an hour or so when they can ignore the clock or just relax in a deck chair.  And holidays can be the same, which is why maybe you should take a few more snaps, or bits of film so you’ll be able to remember what you did when the children were young… This piece is a follow on from ideas in Nicola Baird’s book, Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children.

Watch this film
Most of last term I rather neglected my family (and paid work) to try and make a film about why people come to the UK and what they expect education-wise for their children. It’s a huge question, with immigration often in the news as a Cameron and Clegg thought-war. Of course there are loads of reasons why people come to London.  At the secondary school my 12 year old goes to there are at least 30 different first languages and a fabulously mixed community so using a grant from Newlon Fusion/Arsenal the Highbury Fields School PTA asked people about their memories of school, and of course this brings up all sorts of ideas and aspirations.

In this 23 minute film – magnificently created by Swedish film director Jonas Grimas whose daughter used to attend the school (she’s at uni now) – you find out far more about London mums and dads’ life story and aspirations. The music is by Year 10 students, and a passing blackbird! Let me know in the comment box below what you think of it, thanks. Hopefully here’s the link,



2010 in review

January 2, 2011

WordPress sent this summary about my Homemade Kids blog. I’m pleased and like the idea that the blog was viewed (in a v low carbon way) by eight passenger loads of 747s, ie, 3,200 views. This post is sort of by Nicola Baird, wordpress did the number crunching below.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 62 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 175 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 180mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 5th with 50 views. The most popular post that day was How you make a book buzz.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for a tent, homemadekids, homemade party bags, homemade kids, and homemade kids blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


How you make a book buzz July 2010


Do you dare swap shoes? March 2010


Party bags February 2010
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Bird box and peanut kebabs February 2010


Quick gifts to make November 2010
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