Project 365 2017 Week 24
Jun17

Project 365 2017 Week 24

It’s been a busy week with GSCEs and the first birthday in June. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 162 – Sunday 11th June – it’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow and, as Mondays are usually busy days, we went out for a meal today. My daughter, who has a notoriously tiny appetite, insisted on this pudding – a donut ice cream sandwich. She managed a third of the donut and none of the ice...

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Spectacles by Sue Perkins
Jun16

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

I went to see Sue Perkins talking about her memoirs, Spectacles, at Cheltenham Literature Festival over 18 months ago. And I’ve been meaning to read Spectacles ever since. I’ve finally got round to it! Having just read three brilliant thrillers (Lying in Wait, The Couple Next Door and The Girl in the Ice), I must admit at first I thought ‘Why am I reading this? I just want to be reading a thriller!’. But,...

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When Wilfred the guinea pig lost the plot
Jun15

When Wilfred the guinea pig lost the plot

When Wilfred the guinea pig came into our lives to replace Eric’s poor dear departed friend, Daisy, he and Eric had a lovely relationship. Eric was very caring towards Wilfred and Wilfred cried for him if he wasn’t there. Eric is a gentle soul, quiet to the point of being docile. Daisy was the alpha male (yes, Daisy was actually male) who bossed him around and he knew his place. Having Wilfred around was a different...

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Going to the circus with my daughter
Jun13

Going to the circus with my daughter

Ever since she read her absolute favourite book in the world ever, Hetty Feather, my daughter has wanted to go to the circus. Yes, she’s 11 and she’s never been. What a cruel mummy I am. Circuses come round our way a couple of times a year, but going to them has never been a priority. Going to the circus requires the two things we don’t have an awful lot of. Time and money. Having big kids is like standing over a...

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Think of the teenagers
Jun12

Think of the teenagers

Recently I’ve been finding myself getting annoyed by people’s thoughtless, thruway comments saying like ‘It was good there, but there were lots of teenagers’ and ‘They let too many teenagers in’. And… ? Those ‘teenagers’ are a) human beings and b) children. One day, soon enough, your delightful two year old and your cute six year old will also be a teenager. And will you love them...

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