This is Mahala

I’m Mahala. Welcome to my blog. I’m Mama to Bean (10), Plum (5) and PK (3), step-mum to Blue (18) and wife to Stonelaughter. I run my own business- Wide Eyed Owl, which allows me to have a creative outlet. I design and make crocheted art, bags, cards and bohemian accessories and homewares.

I write about things that are important to me, in particular parenting in all its guises; our home education journey; the environment; politics; gluten free cooking.

Today was the first full rehearsal for Plum’s dance show at the end of next week. It’s quite a big affair – two sell out shows at Mansfield Palace Theatre, each lasting over two hours, as everyone who attends the dance school performs on stage, from tiny tots […]


We made it – the last day of a week of blogging our home ed activities every day. I genuinely wondered if we’d make it this far when I started. But we did, and we finished on a high! I purposely leave Wednesday free (except for Bean’s swimming […]

Tuesday, wrote a maker of exceedingly mediocre cakes …. Our Tuesdays are in transition at the moment – we recently stopped running the Home Ed group we’ve run for the past 18 months on Tuesday afternoons, and Bean’s new tennis lessons on Tuesday mornings don’t start for a […]


Ahh Monday morning …  The closest thing we come to a school run is on Monday mornings when we all jump in the car and drive to Nottingham where the kids go to a home education gymnastics group run by Nottingham City Gymnastics Club. We’ve only been attending […]


Well, I have so much to write about today… but none of it is home ed related and it all belongs in a different post!  We have had a very lazy day today. Lots of playing, some TV, some games, playing with the cats, talking with the chooks … […]


Saturday started faaaaar earlier than any Saturday should be allowed to. Plum has a 9am lesson at the Razzamataz Theatre School on Saturdays and usually I take her and sit in the atrium outside getting some work done whilst I wait. This morning I had to take the boys […]


Day two and the lateness of this post tells you how busy it’s been. The day started with copious amounts of coffee (for me) before driving Bean and Plum to their Home Ed horse riding group half an hour away. I dropped them off at the stables for […]


Now and again, I’ve written a blog post about our home education journey. Typically, I think, when you write a post like that once in a while, you end writing about a particularly good day or activity. And because you’re not writing about it regularly, it’s easy to […]

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The girls have started laying again! Did you know that chickens moult? They do. We knew this of course, but it always takes me by surprise. Almost all chickens moult in early Autumn, when they shed feathers to be replaced by new ones. The don’t lose them all […]