Our story

Hello! I’m Jess, originally from Somerset but currently living in West Berkshire with my husband Jim and beautiful daughters Rosalie , Matilda and Florence.

I first met Jim at University way back in 2001; after being together for eight years we finally got married in April 2011. It was a truly amazing day, and well worth the wait!

In December 2013 Rosalie came along, transforming our lives overnight and turning us into a proper little family. Then in February 2017 our rainbow – little Matilda  – was born, giving us a much longed for second baby, and a sibling for Rosalie. And finally, in November 2018, beautiful baby Florence was born, completing our family.

three baby girls

We are a home educating family who believe in finding happiness in the simple things and this blog documents life as our little family, as well as our home ed journey. Find out more about our approach to home education, and the curriculum and resources we use.

Nurturing imagination and curiosity

I strongly believe that by encouraging imagination and nurturing curiosity in our toddlers we are setting them up for a lifelong love of learning. This is why we made the decision not to send Rosalie to school, but instead to home educate her, allowing her to continue learning through play alongside some semi-structured learning by igniting her curiosity and following her interests.

icy lake

At Picnics in the Rain you will find posts on home education, playful learning, book recommendations and other fun ways I try to nurture the girls’ imagination and curiosity.

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