• How to…intentionally increase the level of chaos and instability in your household (alternatively titled ‘How to decide to get a dog’.)

    Following on from my informative post 'How to accidentally buy your husband a kayak for Christmas', I have decided to continue this ‘How to…’ series.  I believe I may well have a book’s worth of material helpfully explaining how to do all sorts of things that right-thinking grown-ups really probably shouldn’t do. In fact, I envisage the potential for this particular post to run and run with a never-ending series of additional parts until you, dear reader, start to feel like you may have stumbled upon a Harry Potter fanfic, such will be the extent of my attempts to get just one last story out of a fully wrung cloth. So, as you may have gathered from the alternative title, our family has recently acquired a dog. It wasn't just for Christmas (his arrival in early January was purely co-incidental; we have collectively memorised the warnings from the Dogs Trust....
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  • When stepping in dog poo was the easy bit.

    Not long ago, I happened to be scrolling through my old blog posts when I found my first ever post written two years ago.  It recounted my hapless adventures when....
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  • A ‘secret beach’ adventure

    Our third trip to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall was firmly marked on the calendar when I opened the Sunday Times travel supplement the week they featured the best beaches....
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  • If Carlsberg did camping.

    The family and I have just returned from a long weekend camping with friends at a local YMCA family camp site.  It was everything a camping trip should be:  the....
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  • Tents, tears, trickles and toilets.

    On Friday I finally made it - exhausted and on my knees - to the end of term. The preceding 3 weeks had seen my teacher friends jump one by....
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  • Just keep swimming.

    I'm going to come right out and admit my parenting fail here: I hate going swimming; I rarely take my kids to the pool; and they are well on the....
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  • Amazing you.

    If you were to ask me to describe my eldest daughter, there are many places I could start: I could describe the heavy dark hair that falls around the soft....
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