Pigeon in the headlights
Oct30

Pigeon in the headlights

***Warning – this story is a bit gross, but it is also very funny. I just had to record it here for posterity. My son didn’t want to do much for his birthday, he doesn’t like a fuss. But he knew he wanted to start the day with an early morning trip to the coffee shop with his dad, like he does every Saturday. About 10 minutes after they’d set off, they were back. And my son looked a bit pale. ‘We hit a...

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Signing up for my first marathon
Oct29

Signing up for my first marathon

I never thought I would run a marathon. I know how hard I train for a half marathon and how much it can take out of me. I didn’t think I could do double that distance. But then, a couple of years ago, I had an epiphany. I didn’t need to run a marathon fast! Surely the goal of a marathon was the sense of achievement in completing it, not working yourself into the ground to run it in four hours? It wouldn’t matter if...

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Silent Sunday 28.10.18
Oct28

Silent Sunday 28.10.18

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Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby
Oct26

Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby

My daughter and I have loved Jacqueline Wilson books since she was tiny. She is 12 and a half now and I felt that she might be getting a bit old for them, but we have recently discovered a few Jacqueline Wilson books for older readers. We loved Lola Rose recently and have just read The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby. Both books are suitable for older tweens and young teenagers. The Illustrated Mum The Illustrated Mum has a lot in...

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The boy who doesn’t like birthdays
Oct25

The boy who doesn’t like birthdays

My younger son turned 15 the other day. I was excited. I get excited about all birthdays in our house. But the birthday boy? Not so much. ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ ‘I don’t know.’ After racking my brain in desperation… ‘Do you want X?’ ‘No.’ Because my son really isn’t bothered about his birthday. I don’t get it. My other two kids always know what they...

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