Jugglers of the World – Unite!

  There you’d be, innocently savouring your summer freedom, when It would happen. Shopping with mother, you’d suddenly notice that first, dreaded Back to School advertisement.  Your heart would sink, your happiness blighted. That moment would trigger re-entry from the dizzy heights of holidaying. One minute you’d be carefree; the next, nose-diving on a collision … Continue reading Jugglers of the World – Unite!

Elementary, my dear …

   “I hope you don’t mind me mentioning it,” says Elaine, “but you’re air.” At this, the freshly-permed and tinted Julie becomes very defensive. “My hair?” she splutters (a trifle brusquely, I thought).  “What’s wrong with it?” So Elaine explains that no, her hair’s fine; it’s Julie’s element she’d meant.  We look completely blank.  Elaine, … Continue reading Elementary, my dear …

How to grow a Peanut (Groundnut) Plant

Children will love growing the unconventional peanut, or groundnut. Peanut plants are attractive, quirky and - best of all - easy to raise.  Even if they didn’t do anything offbeat, peanut plants would still be worth cultivating for their delicate little yellow flowers and penny-shaped paired leaves which close, as if in prayer, every bedtime. But it’s … Continue reading How to grow a Peanut (Groundnut) Plant