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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28th October 2012
Lovebombing

When I first heard about Lovebombing I assumed the thesis had been written by a toddler studying 'The Gullibility of Parents' at Tumble University.

Then I read a lovely post on Sussex Mama's blog, coupled with an article in the Guardian, and noting neither were published on April 1st I decided there was little harm in giving it a go.

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6th November 2013
Bad Language

We were only in London for a couple of days, and yet Luca somehow managed to pick up the accent as well as some words that were totally inappropriate for one so young.

At first I was taken aback (OK, after initially being slightly amused) but as it continued for a few days it became more than a little disturbing.

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10th March 2012
Apple Trixabelles

Anyone who overheard our 'discussion' in the supermarket could have been forgiven for thinking Sonny was just a tad pretentious for a two-year old, albeit with a very sophisticated palette.

"I don't want scrambled eggs, I want to bake a souffle!" he demanded, while growing in frustration because his foot stamping wasn't making a sufficiently loud noise.

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23rd February 2012
Wythenshawe Park

wythemshawe park playgroundEveryone has their favourite teddy (unless you're Janet with a heart of stone!?!)  Mine is still going strong in Sonny's cot, albeit if it were human it would definitely qualify for a blue badge.

Sonny has numerous favourites, teddy one, teddy two, elephant, chicken, rabbit one, two, three ...

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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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16th September 2015
Manchester Hidden Gems

Richmond-tea-rooms-6I was recently asked if I'd like to contribute to an infographic on the foodie hidden gems of Manchester. I'll not lie, my first thought was that I was being mocked.

Me? A stay-at-home dad? Eating out?

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4th August 2014
Turning Forty

I made it to forty! I know, I'm as surprised as you are.

Looking back it's been a tough few years. I lost my job, my house and for a year or two my marbles, but I've come out the other side blessed with meeting Janet.

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31st May 2017
We Have an Allotment

We have an allotment.

A sentence that may come as a surprise to those who know me but less so when I explain how it came about.

You see, when it comes to buying presents I often struggle for inspiration. Especially for those special occasions that creep up on you when you least expect them. Like Christmas.

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4th August 2014
Turning Forty

I made it to forty! I know, I'm as surprised as you are.

Looking back it's been a tough few years. I lost my job, my house and for a year or two my marbles, but I've come out the other side blessed with meeting Janet.

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