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The Spring Picnic

April 28, 2016
spring picnics

Sometimes, in the spring and summer, I wonder what to do with the children in our free time. In the winter it’s easy peasy. It’s freezing cold and/or raining, so we hide away indoors, whether that’s at home with movies or at soft play or swimming. We might be in indoor slide/ball-pit hell (there’s always one kid who wees in there), but it’s job done. But then when the sun’s out we have such a wealth of outdoor options available to…

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What It Took To Become A Gardener

July 14, 2015

I’ve tried my hand at gardening a good few times since moving to a house with a garden, ooh, 8 years ago. And it’s time for me to hold up my hands and say: it’s just not working for me right now. It’s not that I don’t like the expanse of green that sits outside my back door – on the contrary I love it. My current garden is absolutely huge, the previous owners having bought up a patch of…

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Eye Gunk, Sad Faces and Doggies

April 22, 2013

What do you do with two children who have conjunctivitis? Because I have no idea. Ok, mine don’t have conjunctivitis but rather some other -itis (blepheritis?) which seems to be quite similar. Their eyes are swollen, sticky, itchy and look very uncomfortable indeed. I am dreading Hux’s hourly eye sterile eye wipe; this is the boy who will clock you if you try to wipe a bit of banana from the corner of his mouth. He has an impressive right…

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Gardening For Beginners

April 15, 2013

This weekend the sun came out! So our family, along with (probably) every single other family in the country, put our summer clothes on, dragged the patio furniture out of retirement and made Pimms. We stopped short of a Barbecue – only just – but did the other sunny Sunday activity beloved of people with outside space and kids. Gardening. I’ve literally never done any sort of gardening in my whole life. I’ve scoffed at people who enjoy gardening because, really, why would…

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