dsc_19311183052133.jpgWe have reached the end of another week. It’s been a slow one. Youngest had a sore throat and a cold as the week began so we spent the first couple of days at home. Eldest is having some health problems at the moment so is at home a lot resting anyway. Our first Christmas themed activities were undertaken at our STEM Science session where the kids made light up Christmas cards, complete with electrical circuit. Now that winter is upon us we have burrowed into workbook mode. We follow the curriculum (though this is absolutely not obligatory) and aim to cover the relevant years of work by may and June so that once the sun comes out we can hit the great outdoors. So now we are working steadily through. It amazes me how readily the kids get down to it. They actually like it. Its such a change since our youngest was at school earlier this year crying over her homework. I also never imagined that she would ever say the word science without also saying boring . And of course in home ed the Christmas run up can start as early as we like, even mid November. So this weekend, I am informed, will be spent making Christmas crafts and putting the fruit in sherry to soak for the Christmas cake. I wonder if we can sneak an early Christmas dinner in.


Candida, an under diagnosed illness.

Do you or anyone you know have eczema or acne that cannot be controlled by any medication?
Do you have Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
Are you feeling tired and worn down or fatigued.
Are there digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea or autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis or Multiple sclerosis.
Do you have difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD or brain fog, or skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes.
Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings.


Yeast or Candida lives in the human digestive system.It is able to change from a yeast into a fungus. It is kept under
control by the good bacteria that also live in our digestive system.The good bacteria eat the candida and this keeps a
healthy balance in the body.

Using medicines such as birth control pills, antibiotics, cortisone and chemotherapy kill the good bacteria. Alcohol
and poor diet also kill these bacteria. Once the bacteria is destroyed the yeast can overgrow and take over the digestive
system.It becomes a fungus and grows into a plant like structure with roots that grow through the intestinal walls and
further travel to other areas of the body such as the throat, sinuses, ears, lungs, skin amongst many other areas of the

As there are over 100 symptoms it tends to be missed by doctors who tend to repeatedly treat the seemingly unrelated
symptoms in isolation.

Further symptoms of Candida include:

Complaints that worsten in damp, muddy or mouldy places
Fungal infections anywhere
craving for sugar, bread or alcohol
vaginitis, balinitis
abdominal distention, pain or bloating
rectal itching or rash
nappy rash
vaginal itching, burning or recurrent infections
kidney, bladder infections
sinus infections
joint pain or swelling
itching skin
memory loss, feeling spaced out
numbness, burning or tingling
flu like symptoms
spots in front of the eyes
mucus in stools
dry mouth / bad breath
nasal congestion
sore or dry throat
asthma symptoms
burning or itching eyes
burning sensation when urinating
ear aches and/ or discharges
food allergies or reactions
general allergies
hair loss.

With candida/ yeast overgrowth there can be any combination of the above symptoms. They will worsten in hot, humid or muggy
weather which will provide perfect conditions to help it grow and spread. Sugar, alcohol, starches, fermented foods, sweets
(including fruits) will indrease symptoms by feeding the yeast. They will grow and release more toxins which will produce
more toxins and then more symptoms. Those with a weakened immune system are prone to problems with candida as the immune
system is responsible for keeping the yeast under control.


Many child sufferers are born with yeast overgrowth or develop it after their first exposure to antibiotics. Or they may
have contracted it from their mother in the birth canal.
The most common symptoms of candida in babies are severe nappy rash, rashes around the genital area and rectum and
colic (stomach pain).Thrush, rashes, ear, nose and throat infections, gas, diarrhea or constipation are all indicators of
a candida problem.

Candida overgrowth is a common complaint, yet it goes undiagnosed. In my experience, certainly, it is not something that doctors pick up on, especially in children. Left unchecked it can have serious consequences for the sufferer and can be debilatating.

In Print.

Last week the kids received their copies of a really special book. The title is “Home Educators 2017. We are writers’. The book has been produced by Scholastic Ltd as part of their We are writers initiative, aimed at schools and groups. We took part as part of a home educating group.


Each child is allocated a chapter and can write a story, poem, recipe or indeed any form of creative writing that they choose. The entries are uploaded to an online version of the book. When complete the book is put into print.

My kids were very impressed, not only by seeing their own writing in a book but also by reading the chapters by other children that they knew. Our youngest has had her first short story published and our eldest, a cooking and food fanatic, was very impressed seeing his own chicken recipe in print. Details of this scheme can be found at scholastic.co.uk.

Rest and reset.

As i’m sitting on my nice comfy sofa with the heating on, because all of a sudden this last week it’s become so bloody cold, i am feeling so glad for today. The house looks as if a bunch of hoarders walked in and threw their stash all over it. At some point it needs to be sorted out but not now. It will be done later. For now i am enjoying sitting here and doing very little. I don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone. Nobody is visiting. I don’t have to interact with the world at all and it’s lovely. Just for today. All week i have needed today and now it is here. Tomorrow i will go back out into the world refreshed and reset. Thank you Sunday.


The spooky season has been and gone once more. We tricked and treated and the kids came home with enough sweets to last through the next month. There were some fabulously decorated houses, a Halloween extravaganza. My eldest decked in death suit posed outside one of them for a photo. The result is, I think, worthy of any horror film.

Then we came home to hot dogs and spooky TV. Our house will remain a  halloween zone at least until bonfire night and the eldest’s bedroom for quite some time after that. I wish Halloween had been like this when I was a kid. Trick or treat.