Mud running
Jul31

Mud running

  My daughter, the most holiday-phobic, least adaptable of my children seemed a bit out of sorts on our first day on the canal boat. So I suggested we get off the boat and walk. I thought a bit of quality time would cheer her up. After only a minute we came across some mud.     My daughter doesn’t like mud. Or dirt. So she wasn’t very happy about this mud. Which was VERY wet and full of puddles. She...

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Bed hopping
Jul30

Bed hopping

  When things are going well, there is nowhere on earth I’d rather be than on a canal boat. The scenery is beautiful and, if the weather is good, it’s the best place to be. It has just the right balance of relaxation and keeping busy. There is no time to get bored on the canal with aqueducts and tunnels and lift bridges to deal with. Oh, and washing up. And I LOVE the locks. I realised last week that they’re not...

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Living in the shadow
Jul28

Living in the shadow

I am told it’s not easy living in an older sibling’s shadow. Constantly being compared, usually unfavourably, by parents and teachers. You’re not as good at maths as your older brother, you’re not as well-behaved as your sister… If that’s hard, imagine how much harder it must be to be living in the shadow of your younger brother. That’s what my eldest son has to deal with every day of his life...

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To make me laugh
Jul27

To make me laugh

Here’s a random series of questions from the kids which serve no other purpose than to make me laugh. I hope they make you laugh too. B1 age 10 1/4: If you could have a field for free, what would you do with it? B1 age 10 1/4: Daddy, would you say USA is a chavvy country? LG age 5 1/2: Are there actually toilets at your work? Are you allowed to stop work to go to the toilet? LG age 5 1/2: Does Google know my foot? LG age 5 1/4:...

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The Flood part 6 – Getting back to normal
Jul25

The Flood part 6 – Getting back to normal

  Concluding my personal story of the floods and water shortages that devastated Gloucestershire in July 2007… And so it went on. For the first few days, I was carried through on adrenaline. But it started to get a bit much.     Although we were reusing clothes which would normally go in the wash, we were starting to run out. And the whole boiling water thing and washing up by hand started becoming a hassle. The...

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