Hetty at the kennels
Aug30

Hetty at the kennels

At the end of August, we went to our favourite place in the world – Padstow in Cornwall. And we took Hetty, our nine month old cockapoo puppy, with us. Unfortunately we’d booked our holiday before we knew we were getting a dog, so we didn’t have dog friendly accommodation. We’d hoped to not put her in kennels, but the reality was that we had a no choice. Having failed to find somewhere at home, we booked her...

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The reception teacher
Aug23

The reception teacher

The other day, my younger son, daughter and I spotted my son’s reception teacher while we were in the car. She couldn’t see or hear us, so we shouted really loudly. “He went to the top grammar school! He’s going to study medicine! He’s one of the best long jumpers in the country!” You know how reception teachers are supposed to be amazing and supportive? My son’s reception teacher...

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Dogs are big business
Aug16

Dogs are big business

It feels like everyone in the world has a dog. It felt like that even before we got one, with the explosion in lockdown puppies. What I didn’t realise before we got a dog is that dogs are big business. I knew about pet shops and vets of course, but had failed to think about things like groomers, doggy day care and kennels. Did you know there are even secure fields you can hire to walk your dogs in safely? Mind blown. I had no...

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Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation
Aug02

Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation

Do you remember the slogan for London 2012? Inspire a generation. Part of London hosting the Olympic games was that it should have a legacy, in terms of its transformation of the local area, but also in participation rates of sport. All those cyclists, swimmers, athletes and gymnasts were supposed to inspire us all to get off our backsides and get active. There was certainly a spike in cycling for a while, but that has tailed off. Can...

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Return to Disneyland Paris part 2
Jul26

Return to Disneyland Paris part 2

My husband, daughter and I recently went to Disneyland Paris for the first time in over 10 years. A lot had changed and a lot had stayed the same, but it was still magical and I still loved it. You can read about the hotel and the rides here… Parades One of the best things about Disneyland Paris is the parades. Every day, pretty much everything stops for these fantastic floats depicting Disney characters and films to pass up...

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Return to Disneyland Paris
Jul19

Return to Disneyland Paris

At the start of July, my husband, daughter and I spent three nights/ four days at Disneyland Paris. It was our first trip there in over 10 years. My husband and I have actually visited five times before. The first time was in 2002, with a 15-month-old toddler. In 2011, we visited with a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. This time, it was just us and a 16-year-old. We’d talked about going again many times over the...

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