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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2nd October 2014
Growing Up

There was a time, not that long ago, when I was at the centre of the kids universe. Their worlds revolved around me. My attendance at their every breath mandatory.

Maybe it was because I was the stay-at-home parent. Maybe my mid-life girth held their orbit.

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30th June 2015
School Sports Day

I love a good sports day, although I prefer to call it by its proper name, Sky Sports Super Sunday.

School Sports Day on the other hand ...

I try to remain enthusiastic. No really, I do. But there comes a point, normally around heat 32 of the sack race, where it starts to wane.

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30th August 2014
Are We Nearly There Yet?

A couple of days before our drive up to Edinburgh 'someone' left the keys in the car overnight and drained the battery. I'll not say who, other than to repeat a phrase I overheard Janet say to the AA man,

“... yeah, he's a tit!

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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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23rd October 2013
A London Adventure

A couple of weeks ago we were invited down to London for a Tesco Toy Casting; at RADA no less.

Our travel expenses were paid for and as the boys had never been to London we decided to make a weekend of it and visit some friends we see all too rarely.

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10th June 2014
Father's Day

As a parent blogger it's in my contract to write an obligatory Father's Day post, and not just because I was sent a lovely Father's Day hamper, but more on that later.

I've never been a fan of 'days', Christmas being the exception. And Doris, obviously.

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19th January 2016
Technologically Challenged

I'm technologically challenged. There, I've said it.

Just before Christmas we switched from Sky to Virgin, since when I've spent an inordinate amount of time staring blankly at menu screens on the TV. I find change difficult; finding channels more difficult still. Has anyone seen BBC4?

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17th October 2013
We're Going on a Bar Hunt

we're going on a bar huntIf you're here for the competition then it's at the bottom of the post, although you might want to read the whole post first as it *may hold the answer to a **possible competition question.

*It doesn't.

**There is no question.

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