31st October 2017
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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26th June 2012
Sharing ... Part 2

 

Some months ago I began the seemingly impossible mission of teaching the boys about the virtues of sharing and compromise, much to the ridicule of everyone I told.  Well, who's laughing now ... OK so its certainly not Luca as his last ounce of faith in human kindness has been lost forever ...

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5th September 2016
Not Another Back to School Post

Sorry, I lied, it absolutely is another back to school post. What can you do, I called it The Tales of Sonny and Luca. You make your bed, you lie in it.

Sonny started Juniors today, but he'll not forget his time in infants, not least because those memories are still etched across his tie in gravy.

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22nd March 2012
Car Wash

"Can we go through the car wash?" Sonny asked expectantly.

"Yes, can we?" added Janet.

"Why not!" I replied (it was mothers day after all!?!)

And so began another experience to leave Sonny scarred for the remainder of his life.

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26th September 2017
Duinrell Family Park - Canvas Holidays

Which came first, the campsite or the amusement park?

As is often the case, my question fell on deaf ears as we arrived at the fabulous Duinrell Holiday Park in the Netherlands, courtesy of Canvas Holidays.

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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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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 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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17th August 2012
Bin day Streak

Just in case I have to apply for a job in the future and need to explain my appearance on some council register it's probably best that I put today's 'incident' on record.

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7th May 2013
New Scooters

One of the greatest joys of being a stay at home dad is being able to take a step back, and providing I don't stand on a piece of LEGO, taking a second to appreciate just how much the boys learn each and every day. It's a ridiculous and frightening amount.

Only a second though.

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