10th August 2017
Big Shop with Little Helpers

As a seasoned stay-at-home dad I should know better than to do a big shop with little helpers.

I guess it's like my relationship with KFC; every few years I just need reminding of why it's best avoided.

The warning signs were all there. Their eagerness to help for a start, that's not normal.

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3rd October 2013
Busy Doing Nothing

I'm good at doing nothing. Really good. I'm not blowing my own trumpet, that would be doing something, and my expertise is definitely in doing nothing.

In its purest form I'm a master. I can sit on the sofa without distraction and do absolutely nothing for hours.

When Janet asks what I'm thinking,

"Nothing", is an honest reply.

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24th November 2015
Bending Time

Luca: “Is it a school day? AGAIN? Next year can you buy a calendar with less school days?”

It's sweet that Luca thinks I control the calendar year. Sweeter still, he thinks that were I to make changes he'd be a net beneficiary? Like a token bank holiday would come close to compensating for my decimation of their school holidays.

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4th October 2012
Reasons to be grateful

photo of luca black and whiteThis photo is so much more than the innocent face it depicts.

It was a beautiful winters day in early 2011 when we met up with my whole family in Lyme Park for an afternoon stroll.

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30th September 2012
Weekend in Tarn

tarn outdoor sports centre

tarnEvery few years we have a weekend away with our extended family of Bryce/Mackies. The Mackies head South of the border, and we drive North until we meet half-way; in a beautifully converted barn in the Lake District.

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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6th October 2013
A Short Story

The wonderful Sam Coleman of dustandlove.com fame is running a competition for fiction. Three hundred words or less on the subject of parenting.

This takes me well outside of my comfort zone but I thought I'd have a go anyway.

Thanks for reading. I recommend heading straight over to dustandlove.

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10th May 2016
Yo-Kai Watch Review

Yo-Kai Watch ArtworkI think I once ate at a restaurant called Yo-kai. It was memorable for paying ten times the price for raw fish as my local chippy would have charged me to batter and fry it, but my sushi rant is probably better served in a different post.

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8th December 2016
Pokémon Sun and Moon Review

Pokemon moon 3ds box coverAccording to Oxford Dictionaries, the word of 2016 is post-truth.

Not in this house it's not. In this house, post-truth is when I've told Janet I've cleaned the house, only for her to return from work to discover it wasn't necessarily based on objective facts.

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