Happy birthday, 17 year old son!
Oct20

Happy birthday, 17 year old son!

Happy 17th birthday to my beautiful boy. It’s been quite a year for you, as it has been for all of us. This time last year, we were looking forward to your GCSEs, your dream rugby tour and lots of athletics, following your recovery from a fractured pelvis. Well the GCSE exams got cancelled, as did the athletics competitions. And the dream rugby tour remained only a dream – initially postponed until 2021, but then cancelled...

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Silent Sunday 18.10.20
Oct18

Silent Sunday 18.10.20

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Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery
Oct16

Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery

Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery is the third book in the wonderful Anne of Green Gables series. In Anne of the Island, Anne leaves the safety of Green Gables and Avonlea to go to Redmond College, along with her childhood friend, Gilbert Blythe. At Redmond, she discovers freedom and new friendships, particularly the frivolous Philippa Gordon. As she moves into her second year, Anne shares a house with three other girls. While they...

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The Youth Talent Programme
Oct15

The Youth Talent Programme

It was way back in June that I saw a post about an interesting-sounding webinar from England Athletics. With not much else to do in June, I watched the webinar. It was about a programme for talented athletes based at Birmingham University. You had to be, I think, 18 to 23 to take part. So my son was too young. But, during the webinar, they mentioned another programme for younger athletes – athletes in year 12. That sounded very...

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Henry the lonely guinea pig
Oct13

Henry the lonely guinea pig

Losing a guinea pig is always hard. It’s hard for me, of course, but it’s also hard for the guinea pig who is left behind. Guinea pigs are sociable animals who need to be with other guinea pigs. In fact, in Switzerland it’s actually illegal to only own one guinea pig (although you can rent one if one of your pets dies). Like all the pairs of guinea pigs we’ve had over the years, Cedric and Henry were always together. If Cedric was in...

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