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Mysteries in Time Review

I spotted Mysteries in Time on Twitter recently and it immediately grabbed my attention. With a daughter with a thirst for knowledge, me as a history student, and both of us loving books, activities and exciting post, it seemed to be right up our street. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t wrong, as Boo has received her first box, so here’s our unboxing vlog of it along with our review. What’s it all about? Mysteries in Time is ‘an adventure through history’, created by a primary school teacher to encourage a passion for history. Mysteries in Time is a monthly Read more >


Phew, I Passed! A Look Back at A200

I have now finished my Open University module for this year, as it ended with an exam at the start of June. I had my results through a couple of weeks ago and I was delighted to receive a Distinction. The time spent on revision was well worth it! I shared my 5 reasons to study with the Open University recently, as I have been really happy with them overall. This module was the third I have completed, so I am now halfway through my degree and I find myself itching to get started on the next module, a level 3 course that Read more >


5 Reasons to Study with the Open University

As regular readers will know, this year I’ve thrown myself back into my studies and have just completed my third module with the Open University, meaning that I am now halfway through my degree with them. As I’m thoroughly enjoying it, I thought I’d explain a little more about studying with them and where I think their strengths lie as I share my 5 reasons to study with the Open University. The Basics As with any honours degree, you’ll need 360 credits to make up your degree. As most people study with the Open University part time around jobs and family, it tends Read more >

5 Reasons to Study with the Open University

Word of the Week 20/5/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


Which Historical Figures Are You Talking About?

As many of you will know, I’m currently studying History with the Open University. As such, I felt it was totally justified to treat myself to a subscription of BBC History magazine. Totally justified and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first copy that arrived a couple of weeks ago. Whilst browsing, I spotted the above topic and it gave me pause. You see they are running a poll, their History Hot 100 list, in a bid to find out which historical figures are most interesting to us at the moment. I suppose people do go in and out of favour Read more >


Papery Peep February 2016

For today’s Papery Peep I thought I’d share with you my Open University study box, as it’s a pretty important bundle of paper in my life at the moment. I study out of a box, on our battered old kitchen table. I find that keeping everything that I need in one place like this makes studying more accessible. As soon as I grab that box and pop it on the table I am in the zone, I need to knuckle down! Inside it has my scribbled notes as I’m getting through several notebooks now, pens to hand, post its, highlighters, Read more >


Word of the Week 23/10/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


Bringing History to Life at Tamworth Castle

Last Friday my daughter’s homework included a reading book all about castles and palaces. Ah, one for me! We enjoyed reading through it together and discussing each of the pages as I helped her to put it all into context. It then occurred to me that I should build on her enthusiasm and make something more of this interest (it’s not like I want her to really enjoy history, or anything…!) so I suggested we take a trip at the weekend to find out more and check to see whether her book was correct. She was thrilled, and kept double-checking Read more >


I Love It, But Will The Kids?

I’ve loved history for as long as I can really remember. I distinctly recall sitting in my friend’s bedroom when we were around 9 or 10, and working on our Henry 8th project for school, and we could have chosen any topic in the whole world to present on, but we went for history. It carried through to my GCSE’s, ‘A’ levels, and I had a place to read History at Warwick University, though I didn’t end up taking them up on it, but that’s a whole other story…! My parents are not very interested in the subject, so I know it Read more >


The Cathedral Visit

With the somewhat dodgy weather we’ve had here this past week, coupled with it being the week before Christmas, our options for outings have been a little limited. We’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to the park, and one to soft-play, but then what? I’m not going to be ‘popping’ to the shops in all of the mayhem, our local library shares a car park with a major supermarket (suspected it might be busy!) and garden centres and retails parks are also a little crazy. Normal options exhausted, I had to think a little harder! And I Read more >

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