The Tewkesbury half marathon
May15

The Tewkesbury half marathon

I hadn’t planned to do the Tewkesbury half marathon. Having taken three months to recover from an injury over the winter, I still wasn’t sure I had it in me to get up to the distance safely. But all it took was for my brother-in-law to tell me that I could do it and the decision was made! I started training just six weeks beforehand. And on Sunday morning, I picked my brother-in-law up and we headed for Tewkesbury. Having...

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The Royal Ballet, Elmhurst and rejection
May14

The Royal Ballet, Elmhurst and rejection

My daughter didn’t get into the Royal Ballet Mid Associates programme. I didn’t blog about it at the time. It was to be expected. They had only a handful of places and were holding auditions around the country. She was disappointed, though. We’d waited two months for the news and during that time there had always been that little glimmer of ‘What if?’. But it wasn’t meant to be. After she’d...

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Silent Sunday 13.5.18
May13

Silent Sunday 13.5.18

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Dissolution by C J Sansom
May11

Dissolution by C J Sansom

I like few things more than a good murder mystery to get stuck into, but then my friend lent me Dissolution by C J Sansom. A murder mystery set in 1537. A murder mystery revolving around the dissolution of the monasteries. A murder mystery with a very boring brown cover. I trust my friend’s impeccable good taste in books, but it took me a long time to brave reading Dissolution. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction...

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Teenagers – when is the right time to let go?
May08

Teenagers – when is the right time to let go?

My 16 year old son is pretty well behaved. He doesn’t skip school, he doesn’t go out without us knowing where he is and he comes in on time. We’ve never had any reason to think he’s into drugs or smoking. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t drink. He doesn’t like the taste of beer or wine and although he jokes about spirits, he’s never come in drunk or smelling of alcohol. He’s been offered...

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