Books for Young Adults – Seeking Eden and The Bubble Wrap Boy
Sep30

Books for Young Adults – Seeking Eden and The Bubble Wrap Boy

One of my regular freelance jobs involves me reading children’s books, for kids of all ages from pre-school to teenagers. Some of the books I read are pretty bad. Some are amazing! Here’s a review of a couple of brilliant books for young adults I’ve read recently. Seeking Eden by Ann Turnbull I tend to judge a book by its cover, so I didn’t have very high hopes for this one – which just depicts the face...

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Cheltenham half marathon 2016 – I did it! (somehow)
Sep29

Cheltenham half marathon 2016 – I did it! (somehow)

Cheltenham half marathon day started at 3.30am, when I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. But I was pain-free. Right until the day before, I’d been convinced I would have to pull out. The route to the start line at the racecourse consisted of traffic gridlock. My husband and daughter were driving me to the course, but I had to jump out the car and walk the last mile and a half to Cheltenham racecourse. I wasn’t...

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Cheltenham half marathon – last minute blip
Sep28

Cheltenham half marathon – last minute blip

My training for the Cheltenham half marathon had gone remarkably well. After I’d had to pull out through injury last year, I was concerned the same would happen again. But there had been no twinges with a week off to recover. No weeks where it had just been too hot to train. It had all gone swimmingly. Until eight days before the big day. This was to be my last 12 mile run before the race, then I just planned to do a four mile...

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The panto audition – here we go again!
Sep27

The panto audition – here we go again!

When I picture the coming autumn and winter ahead, one thing dominates my thoughts. The panto. I picture myself waiting in a cafe while my daughter rehearses. I picture her in her bright red lipstick and neat plaits skipping excitedly into the theatre. I picture her on stage, dancing beautifully and smiling fit to burst. I simply couldn’t imagine autumn and winter without the panto. I hate winter and I’m not madly keen on...

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The parental knights in shining armour
Sep26

The parental knights in shining armour

Life lately has been getting more and more hectic. Sometimes I can barely get my head round the number of things I have to fit into a day or a week. I usually struggle with it on my own, or ask my parents to help out. But lately it’s all got a bit too much. Last week, my husband was away Wednesday night and Friday night, which essentially meant he was away from Wednesday to Saturday. My husband doesn’t usually help out...

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