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Life gets in the way of blogging

So life well and truly got in the way of blogging over the last couple of months – suppose its better than blogging getting in the way of life. DH had knee surgery and has been hobbling around on crutches and along the way was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I’ve been learning to spin and weave as a way of getting a little me time and am blogging my learning journey over at .They say learning something new is good for you and it has certainly helped me stay sane (even if the kitchen does smell of wet sheep ! Home education continues for one child – its alarming to see that the home ed group I ideally read on Facebook has been joined by the very fantical lady who banned me from her home ed yahoo group for daring to mention the idea of working with the LEA and not against it – I laughed to see she was talking crossly about “one lady ” who “kept banging on about funding” little knowing i am also part of that group and reading her comments – albeit a silent member – freedom of speech and all that – just show you never know who is reading what you write online ! Back to scarf weaving I go ….




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Taking the blog back to its roots!

I began when I found myself home educating two of my five children for reasons well documented on the blog. I got a little immersed in the blogging world and sidetracked to work on a political blog at hence the temporary abandonment of fivekidscounting.Like many blogging parents blogging began to take over my evenings so I have been having a break over Christmas and a rethink. SO folks this blog is going back to it’s roots with its focus on books, digital resources/apps and e-learning and great teaching ideas for home education.
I have only one child in home education now, my six year old daughter – my son started at a new school in September and is loving every minute. In our house there is not a one size fits all approach to education – we make the education fit the child at that particular stage of their life. For our daughter we got through the doors of a lovely small primary school but realised she was happy and thriving learning at home so she continues to learn in a semi structured way. Her lightbulb moment with reading has finally happened and my pride was unbounded when she read 24 pages of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Now we are immersing ourselves in books books and more books – for a child who hated reading and insisted that she couldn’t and wouldn’t ever be able to read it is a wonderful achievement. We’ve had a great start to our home ed term and I look forward to documenting our learning and sharing resources as the weeks go on.



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Mumpreneur Feature: Hopscotch Online

I’m a big supporter of businesses run by mums and  this is the first in a series of features about Mumpreneurs.

Sunshine is a mum to  two small children who  I met via Twitter. I am a gadget freak and use smart phones and an ipad in home education, so when I found out about the app she is developing for busy mums I was intrigued (The app will be a hit with Twitter mums I am sure) I for one can’t wait for it to be available.

Take a look at her video to find out more, read the interview and watch this space as I’ll be keeping you updated.

Interview with Sunshine:

I graduated from the Nation Film School in 1997, I became a successful documentary editor (and occasional director).I was nominated for a Bafta for editing Jamie’s School Dinners.

I had my kids, and after baby two was born I didn’t go back to work, because my husband’s business ( was doing well enough for me to take a break. Cue total rethink of my career etc….

How did the idea for the app  come about?

The idea came about 3 summers ago, when I let go of our nanny and realised what an amazing job she’d been doing! I discovered it was really hard to find out about all the local stuff to do with kids. I had also just got an iPhone and fallen in love with the maps – tick tick tick… IDEA!!

What made you want to start your own business?

When I looked at returning to work after my second child, I felt very strongly that I would only be prepared to leave my kids for something I love and feel passionate about. While I have loved making tv, with this app I really feel we can make the lives of parents easier and more rewarding, and provide easier access to the support of friends and communities… Now, that’s a reason to go back to work..

Are there any Mumpreneurs who have inspired you?

I’ve been inspired by all sort of mumpreneurs, local and international. My friend Sarah Rodrigues writes our newsletter every week, and has been freelance-writing professionally non-stop since she had kids, and until recently she had 3 kids under 5! She’s a powerhouse of motivation and strength!
Obviously Justine Roberts and Carrie Longton of Mumsnet are a great inspiration to me! Tech entrepreneurs mobilising technology to improve people’s lives!
Laura Tenison, founder of Jojo Mamon Bebe, has taken a traditional mumpreneur area but done it with great style and taste.
Tamara Mellon has been an inspiration in the previously male dominated world of luxury brands, she shows true ambition and vision and she’s a single mum.. Hats off.
Visit to register for the newsletter which gives great ideas for things to do with your kids at the weekends and to be kept up to date about the app. Follow Hopscotch on Twitter @HopscotchFoundr or  friend on Facebook

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Halloween Howling


Halloween Howling

Children dressed as witches  goblins and vampires

Orange pumpkin buckets filled with lollies and cookies

As they knock on each door in the dark misty streets

Can you hear the sound of their running  feet?

Spiders hang from doorways and cobwebs are many

 It’s a Trick or treat frenzy so they hope  you are ready

 Little ones feeling wobbly holding hands really tight

Faces bright with delight as they run through the night

Then suddenly STOP!

A howl so spooky Mums and Dads start to shiver

Small eyes fills with tears and lips start to quiver

This house is in darkness save for a flickering candle

The little boy drops his hand from the old wooden door

Turns to his mum and stamps his feet on the floor

I want more sweets my bucket is still empty!

Are YOU going to knock on the door?

 Copyright C Enstock 2011



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Silent Sunday



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Saturday is Caption Day

Halloween games

Saturday is Caption Day –  Mammasaurus  meme asks for a caption for a photo – can you think of one for mine?

For past pictures please visit

If you are on Twitter search #SatCap.

Looking forward to some brilliant captions as always!




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A new blogging alter-ego Mammapolitico!


If you love a good debate about current affairs and UK politics you might  also enjoy my non mummy bog

I usually blog daily so content will soon build up on here – please follow – a blog is much more rewarding when people join in !

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