Staying at Center Parcs: Original Executive accommodation
Apr24

Staying at Center Parcs: Original Executive accommodation

When we first went to Center Parcs, way back in 2003, with a toddler and a barely-visible baby bump, we stayed in one of the Comfort Lodges. It was rather basic and we didn’t much like it. It was also a long way from all the Center Parcs action – the swimming pool, Plaza and sports activities at the Jardin des Sports. (The accommodation has been improved since then and is now a lot better.) When we returned two years...

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Prescription sunglasses (not taking it lying down)
Apr23

Prescription sunglasses (not taking it lying down)

Every couple of years I like (as in really don’t like at all) to have a fight to secure my kids some prescription sunglasses. These are not fashion items. They’re not to look cool or funky. They are essential items SO THAT MY CHILDREN CAN SEE IN THE SUN. Yes, I am shouting. Because it winds me up. Glasses for children are free on the NHS. Pretty much. Unless your child has an adult-sized head, like my 11 year old son (who...

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I broke my daughter
Apr22

I broke my daughter

It started with dog poo. My daughter was running and jumping and skipping along, as she does. She did some sort of beautiful ballet leap and landed straight in the middle of some dog poo. Why did she do that? Why didn’t she see it? ‘I thought it was mud.’ So she dragged her shoes on the grass and they looked OK, but I wasn’t letting them in the house. So they sat outside the front door. The next morning, she...

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Tinc: funky stationery store open in Cheltenham
Apr21

Tinc: funky stationery store open in Cheltenham

Stationery. There’s something fun about it, isn’t there? Memories of the new pencil case at the start of the school year and filling it with brightly coloured rubbers, sharp pencils still linger after all these years. My daughter loves a bit of stationery too. So we were very pleased when we saw that Tinc had opened up in Cheltenham town centre. The company, which is a bit funky, a bit kitsch and a lot of fun, whether...

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Turning into my husband
Apr21

Turning into my husband

Sometimes, my husband is just like a big kid. He is physically incapable of ignoring a football. If one comes near him, he can’t just knock it back, there have to be tricks involved. When there’s a football nearby, he forgets he’s a 41 year old father of three with his own company and a very demanding workload. Suddenly, he’s an 11 year old boy again. And it doesn’t just stop at footballs. He’s...

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