Saturday is Russian party caption day!
Aug31

Saturday is Russian party caption day!

Way back in 1990, I went on a school exchange visit to Sochi in Russia (where the winter Olympics will be held next year). Our fashion choices were bad enough, but Russian fashion choices were on a whole other level. This is some English girls and some Russian girls all dressed up for a party at the Russian school. And that’s our Russian teacher. Let me know if you can tell which one is me. Clue – I’m wearing two...

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Running with the kids
Aug30

Running with the kids

On holiday in Padstow and with my half marathon training a little behind schedule, I knew I had to run the Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge. From our holiday house, right along the trail, with a quick loop around Wadebridge and back again is somewhere between 11 and 12 miles. Having only done one 10 mile run and having not run for a week (damn you, summer holidays!), this wasn’t going to be easy. So why not make it a bit...

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Starting school – fear of the unknown
Aug29

Starting school – fear of the unknown

All around Britain, parents are feeling anxious, including parents reading this right now. In a few short days, their kids will be starting school. Maybe they will do part-time, maybe they will do full-time. But either way, 4 year olds will wave goodbye to their worried parents and enter a classroom for the first time. It’s a scary time. Having been through it three times myself, I can totally relate to that (and you just know I...

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Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter – Review
Aug28

Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter – Review

I LOVE Harry Potter. I read Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, soon after I’d had my eldest. I was hooked from the very first page. I devoured the next three books and then I waited.While I waited for the next book to be published, the very first Harry Potter film was released. And I was there on opening night because I loved Harry Potter so much. That film didn’t disappoint. I bought each...

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A rainy day in Padstow
Aug27

A rainy day in Padstow

When I think of Padstow, the standard weather in the summer is around 17 to 20 degrees with thick cloud. The sun might come out briefly and it’ll feel slightly humid. There will probably be a shower or three, when the temperature drops to about 14 degrees, or even as low as 12.Our second day in Padstow wasn’t like this. It was PROPERLY rainy. Now I’m one of those no wrong weather, only wrong clothes kind of people....

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