Northern Ballet: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Northern Ballet have produced a series of ballets specifically choreographed for children, the latest of which is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My friend and I took two six-year-olds and a nine-year old, and we all loved it.

There is an inherent contradiction for me in the Goldilocks story. The ending always feels anticlimactic, with a degree (depending on the version) of punishment – and yet the story is only enjoyable if we identify with the Goldilocks character. Continue reading “Northern Ballet: Goldilocks and the Three Bears”


Chapter XIII: The slower the fire the better the charcoal.

This is my favourite chapter. (Have I said that before? It’s possible I might have more than one.)

It begins with a casual reference to mature, dignified Captain John turning upside down to look between his knees and the reflection in the lake. And then Titty and Roger row off on their own, which is a lot of responsibility for quite young children, and having watched my 5-year-old whittle a stick with a very sharp knife at a Woodcraft camp last weekend, I heartily approve.

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Apple cake

I am behind, behind, behind. I will confess that I have misplaced my copy of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ – if I haven’t found it within the week I will order a new one, and post the next chapter Very Soon. I have read another book-and-three-quarters, and will comment in an entertaining and erudite way as soon as my brain returns to functioning. I also owe several work-blog posts and a guest post on an new-and-exciting project (I will post a link when it happens!), all of which I really want to write, but it has clogged my brain.


So for today, you get cake. This is not a baking blog. Probably.

I’ve been working on a recipe for cake which is both vegan and gluten free, and I think I might have found it.
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