Christmas Eve – do we have any traditions at all?
Dec26

Christmas Eve – do we have any traditions at all?

Going back to when the kids were younger, we had a traditional Christmas Eve. We would go on the steam train to see Father Christmas with my parents and sister and brother-in-law, just after lunch. In the evening, either we or my parents would lay on Christmas Eve tea for everyone (whichever of us wasn’t doing Christmas dinner). While tea was being prepared, whoever wasn’t needed for food preparation would go to the church...

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Silent Sunday 23.12.18
Dec23

Silent Sunday 23.12.18

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My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
Dec21

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Sometimes I think it’s about time my daughter (at 12 and a half) should have grown out of Jacqueline Wilson. But there are Jacqueline Wilson books for older readers. And she’s got a whole life ahead of her to read YA novels, so I’m glad she’s still happy with her Jacqueline Wilsons. Back in October, we saw Jacqueline Wilson at Cheltenham Literature Festival for the third time (she seems to go there every other...

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Rugby tournament worries
Dec20

Rugby tournament worries

On Sunday, my younger son had a rare rugby tournament. As a football coach, my husband wasn’t particularly happy about this because, with my son and two other players taking part in the rugby tournament, it would almost inevitably leave his football team very short of players. (Coaches need to give four weeks’ notice to cancel a game, unless it’s due to pitch conditions. Cancelling the game at short notice would have...

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Silent Sunday 16.12.18
Dec16

Silent Sunday 16.12.18

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