A flying visit to Padstow
Apr23

A flying visit to Padstow

Over the Easter holidays, we paid a flying visit to Padstow – my favourite place in the world. My eldest has his A Levels in just a few weeks and we had said NO HOLIDAYS over Easter or the May half-term, so that he can focus on revision. But then my husband spent a weekend near Padstow with his friends just before Easter and was reminded of how beautiful it is. He persuaded me that we could just go down for one night. It...

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Silent Sunday 21.4.19
Apr21

Silent Sunday 21.4.19

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Safe space blogging: Letter to my dear boy
Apr19

Safe space blogging: Letter to my dear boy

I am offering my blog to parents of older children as a safe space to blog anonymously. It will both help them to offload and help other parents who may be going through the same situations in silence. I’m pleased to welcome my second anonymous blogger today, who is struggling with her tween son’s behaviour. My dear boy. I’m writing this because I’m hoping it’ll be good to get it out. You’ll  never actually read...

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Marathon training: The 22 mile run
Apr16

Marathon training: The 22 mile run

The longest run on my marathon training plan is 22 miles (well, it says you can do 20 or 22, but I always prefer to go high). It is the only run over 20 miles, and one of only six over 13 miles, and it’s timed for three weeks before Newport marathon. I’m really pleased with my training so far and was feeling pretty chilled about the 22 mile run. My previous longest run was 18 miles, which I’ve run twice. In between...

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‘When’s my rugby tour?’
Apr15

‘When’s my rugby tour?’

Next summer, just after his GCSEs, my younger son is going on a rugby tour with school. The rugby tour will be a brilliant, life-changing experience. He will play rugby, of course, but will also experience different cultures. He will be staying in both hotels and with local families. He will get to do some charity work and see some incredible wildlife. It’s the kind of experience he will remember for the rest of his life....

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