31st October 2018
Blackpool Illuminations

For us Northerners, Blackpool illuminations is a rite of passage. It's a coming of age moment. Right up there with your first Greggs pasty, chip barms and rickets.

I'll not lie, I had high expectations. So much so I may have bigged it up a little too much.

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6th March 2014
World Book Day

Ah, World Book Day ...

A day where children find out their favourite book isn't what they thought it was.

When it's fair to ask the question,

"What came first, the book or the costume?

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4th November 2016
Middle-aged Spread

Do you remember when this blog used to be about the kids? Nope, me neither.

I should probably just change its name from The Tales of Sonny and Luca to The Miserable Mutterings of a Middle-aged Man and be done with it.

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12th April 2012
From Cot to Bedlam

ls lowry paintingI've had an epiphany; what I've long assumed to be random mood swings, actually come with a (relatively) rational explanation . The mood I wake up in, and which shadows my entire day, is intrinsically linked to events some twelve hours hence.

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3rd July 2012
Summer Holiday

For two weeks prior to going away we'd been using CBeebies as our blueprint for our summer holiday, little did we know how much had been filmed in Scarborough ... and so began our CBeebies Summer Song pilgrimage!

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13th July 2014
Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

la croix du vieux pontI love everything about France, even if my last trip was memorable for very different reasons. But then who's not nearly been arrested for human trafficking at some point in their lives? Really, just me?

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29th February 2012
Blue Planet

barry the big bad fishI've never known Sonny and Luca to be so excited; at least not since the recent snow which they assumed meant Santa was on his way back.

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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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10th February 2013
Bloggers to watch in 2013

I received a lovely email on Friday from 'A New Generation'.....blogging award

It's lovely to appear on a list in such good company. I already love following Rock 'n 'Roll Mum and Man in his Pyjamas. Both are brilliant.

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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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