Tips for careful budgeting
Jul31

Tips for careful budgeting

The summer holidays is an expensive time for parents. (Let’s be honest, aren’t all times expensive for parents?!) Going away on holiday is expensive, even if you stay in the UK. There’s always added treats and meals out in addition to the cost of the accommodation. And if you don’t go on holiday and decide to just do a few days out? They’re flipping expensive too! Unless all of your days out are walks in...

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Moving up to Explorers
Jul30

Moving up to Explorers

Explorers is the fourth stage on a young person’s Scouting journey. Some kids start at Beavers and work their way through Cubs, then Scouts and finally on to Explorers. Others might join much later – going straight into Scouts or even Explorers. There really are no rules and everyone is welcome, whenever they join the Scout Association. My eldest joined Beavers pretty late, when he was already 7 and a half. My younger son...

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Silent Sunday 29.7.18
Jul29

Silent Sunday 29.7.18

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Project 365 2018 Weeks 29 & 30
Jul27

Project 365 2018 Weeks 29 & 30

The school holidays are finally well underway. Here’s our fortnight in pictures… Day 196 – Sunday 15th July – the morning after the night before! We survived our first teenage party, but I won’t be in any hurry to do it again… Day 197 – Monday 16th July – the first day of the school holidays for my younger son means no school run for me, but he had an early appointment with the...

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A Very English Scandal by John Preston
Jul27

A Very English Scandal by John Preston

Did you see A Very English Scandal on the BBC a couple of months ago? It was completely shocking – and completely true. The programme was based on the book A Very English Scandal by John Preston, all about the Jeremy Thorpe affair of the 60s or 70s. As a rule, I will always read a book before watching a film or TV, but in this case I was unaware of the book. But the TV series made me want to read it. I’d assumed the book...

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