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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9th July 2015
The Circle of Life

The boys have reached the age where they're learning about the circle of life.

It's a wonderful period of discovery. At school they have a mini-beast hotel and a butterfly garden. An allotment and a pond. They've witnessed tadpoles become frogs, and fed lambs on a farm.

But it's not so much a circle as an arc.

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8th March 2015
Don't Judge a Kid by their Costume

A lot has been written about World Book Day, and rightly so.

A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Shared in over one hundred countries. A beautifully uncomplicated premise in an otherwise complicated world.

And yet, like any parade, some people can't wait to piss on it. The main target of their ire? Dressing up.

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14th June 2016
Young Dads Collective

As a 'dad blogger' you know Fathers Day is approaching when your inbox suddenly becomes swamped by Fathers Day gift guides.

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8th September 2015
Culture, Sport and Sand Sandwiches

posing on the beachI've not blogged over the summer holidays. I'd like to say it was a self-imposed sabbatical, but that would be ignoring the hours sat sobbing in front of a blank screen calculating how many hours it was until school re-opened.

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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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2nd March 2012
Quarry Bank Mill

We had a lovely day in the sun yesterday at Quarry Bank Mill.  We parked a nice walk away through the woods so we could follow the river (and the ducks) to the mill.

For once the day was shame-free for everyone.

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7th November 2013
H is for Hummus

h is for hummusNow I hope you read the title as 'huh is for Hummus'? Not H, 'huh'.

Not that I'm bitter but if I have to spell phonetically then it's only fair that you should too!

You see Sonny is learning to read. Luca is learning his alphabet.

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9th July 2012
Parking Rage

Another day, another battle over a Parent and Toddler (P&T) parking space... I really need to direct my anger in a more productive way.

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8th December 2015
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

… and it's difficult not to be swept up by it all.

To be honest, I think the kids may have already peaked. Wake up any earlier and they'll be eating their breakfast yesterday.

I blame the advent calendar. Who doesn't want to wake up at 5am for a suspiciously greying chocolate from a traditionally festive Marvel Avengers calendar?

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