About

Let me Introduce Myself...

My name is Shirley-Ann, I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world and we have two daughters whom we have homeschooled from the beginning. We hail from Cape Town, South Africa originally but 7 years ago we immigrated to the UK. We naturalised in November 2017 so we are officially British! Apart from the titles of 'wife', 'mum' and 'homeschooler' I also hold the titles of 'Blogger', 'Freelance Writer', and 'Indie Dyer'. Want to know what that is? Well, I dye yarn and sell it in my Etsy Shop.


The Backstory...


Let's begin with a little backstory. 11 Years ago the Lord called us to homeschool our two precious daughters. After homeschooling for so many years, I guess I could put myself into that category that seems to be a catch-phrase in the homeschooling community of being a 'veteran homeschooler'. That means that you've experienced the highs and lows that come with making such a life-changing choice, lived to tell the tale and hopefully being able to pass on some hard-earned experience - the reason for this blog.
As is the case with many homeschoolers we kept to an eclectic way of learning. We started our homeschooling using KONOS unit studies which suited our small daughters very well and helped create many wonderful memories for us all to take forward in life. I was then introduced to the Charlotte Mason method by a friend in our second year of homeschooling and this had a huge impact on how we schooled. Although a CM 'Trueblood' would never condone it, I have to say that her methods meshed very well with our KONOS living. We've enjoyed a varied and rich education that seems to have equipped both our daughters fairly well as the eldest begins an Illustration degree at university in September 2018 (a love born out of our nature studies and journaling) and our youngest daughter having being accepted on a City and Guilds Travel and Tourism course commencing in September 2018 then progressing onto a Travel and Tourism degree. Visit my 'Homeschooling' page for FAQ's on homeschooling. (currently under construction - thanks for your patience)


Writing for Homeschooling Publications...


Having kept a personal blog throughout the years of our adventures has connected me with many wonderful homeschoolers across the globe and afforded me the opportunity to write for Barb's Outdoor Hour Challenge newsletter for many years and become a contributing author for the popular 'Curriculum Choice' website for which I still write. You can read all my curriculum reviews here.


So What Will I Find Here?


Great question! I'm glad you asked.


  • Well, you will find posts on homeschooling, particularly using the Charlotte Mason method; book & curriculum reviews and recommendations and a few freebie downloads to boot.
  • As I'm a born-again Christian you will find posts on our faith-filled days and pondering on the scriptures and on their application to our daily living and parenting.
  • As my heart is at home you will find posts on running a smooth and efficient home while in the midst of raising children and homeschooling. I have lots of tips; tried, tested and still used, for you.
  • Anglophile? Let's face it, the UK has history and conjures up lots of love images of rolling fields, hedgerows, little stone walls and grand houses a' la Downton Abby. So I'm going to share a little of that and our European travel exploits. Let's consider it this blogs 'seasoning'. A little salt and pepper does wonders to any well-cooked dish :)
  • Finally, I'm gonna be real with you. So often homeschooling blogs only post the good and leave out the bad and the ugly which let's be honest, kind of make us feel that we are failing on a spectacular scale. Lovelies, the truth of the matter is that even the most 'collected' of homeschooling mums has the bad and the ugly. Don't be discouraged and give up the calling God has on your life and on the lives of your children. You CAN do this!

Well lovelies, I can't tell you how glad I am that you are here. Grab a cuppa and join me for a little chat for a while.