Why I love Rainbows
Jun18

Why I love Rainbows

My daughter loves Rainbows. She says it is her favourite of all the activities she does because they do ‘games and making stuff’. ‘Making stuff’ is pretty much her favourite thing to do. But that’s not the reason I love Rainbows. I love Rainbows for this certificate. It has a veritable, er, rainbow of girls on it. Every minority group is catered for. I just know if I could see those girls’ legs, one...

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A waste of a bag of chips
Jun18

A waste of a bag of chips

We spent Saturday evening in A&E. My kids are serial A&E botherers, but we’ve never done a Saturday night before. We won’t want to do it again in a hurry. It all started because no2 son was filling balloons with water in the bathroom. He’d been told not to do it, but that didn’t stop him. He carried on filling them up and exploding them in the bath, accompanied by hysterical laughter. I told him to stop...

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Tournament
Jun15

Tournament

In the past few months, something new has come into my life. The tournament. Or the festival or the cup competition. They have them for football and rugby and, as my family do both, they have been taking over our Sundays. The very first tournament I went to was a depressing affair. I didn’t know what to expect and was ill-prepared for how long it was going to go on for. My daughter and I went to watch my eldest play rugby. We...

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Birthday drive
Jun13

Birthday drive

We take birthdays quite seriously in our house. We’ve never gone in for the big boozy birthday weekends, what with me being teetotal, but we do always make sure we take the day off work for our own birthdays and all of the kids’. (Which can be a big drain on annual leave if they all fall on week days!) When I asked my husband what he wanted to do for his birthday, he said he wanted to go for a drive. Usually the purpose of...

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How I met my husband
Jun12

How I met my husband

My husband has just celebrated his 39th birthday. I celebrated his 20th birthday with him (that’s us in that photo), so in a non-scientific sort of maths, that means we have been together longer than we haven’t been together – 20 birthdays together compared to the 19 that went before. I met my husband on my fourth day at university. It was 8th October 1992. I was a small town girl and university was a big shock to...

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