Camping weekend (home alone)
Aug22

Camping weekend (home alone)

Every year, at some point during the summer, my husband takes the kids away for a camping weekend. It’s a tradition that stretches right back to 2005, just before my eldest started school. They meet up with my husband’s old friend and go camping with all of the kids – they have three each, ranging in age from 10 to 18 (although the 18 year old has opted out of the last couple of trips). It used to literally be a...

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‘Can we get a dog?’
Aug20

‘Can we get a dog?’

Recently, my younger son has been asking for a dog. Repeatedly. Everywhere we go, he points out dogs to me. ‘Isn’t it cute? Look how fluffy it is! Imagine if we had a dog like that. Can we get a dog?’ The request is always accompanied by hugs and very big, pleading eyes. My boy is not the most affectionate of kids and will reject hugs from anyone apart from me, so to hug me in public must be a serious matter....

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Silent Sunday 19.8.18
Aug19

Silent Sunday 19.8.18

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Aug17

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that I find it really hard to read over the summer holidays. During term time, I read while I’m eating my lunch and also when I’m waiting in the car for my son to come out of school. But in the school holidays, I’m restricted to just bedtime. So I’ve concluded there’s no point in trying to read a book with a complicated plot line. This year, I deliberately...

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Padstow, pasties and IBS
Aug15

Padstow, pasties and IBS

I don’t write about it often, but I have IBS. I’ve got it under reasonable control through my diet (I was eating clean long before it was a thing), but it is with me pretty much every second of every day. Most of the time, I can resist having too much ‘bad’ food because I know what the consequences will be, but sometimes I just want to eat what everyone else is eating. And no more so than when I’m on...

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