The apprentice and the last day of freedom
Sep04

The apprentice and the last day of freedom

Well the summer has flown by and my son started his apprenticeship the day after the bank holiday. And he had a special request for the bank holiday: that we didn’t just ‘do nothing and waste the day’ as it was his ‘last day of freedom’. I must admit that we don’t do a lot in the school holidays. Yes, we go on holiday. We have the odd day out. But most of the time, we’re just at home. My...

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Going on holiday: Is it ever worth it?
Sep02

Going on holiday: Is it ever worth it?

Going on holiday isn’t easy. There’s a lot of preparation to do. My husband thinks it’s easy. You just pack your clothes, don’t you? But somebody has to make sure those clothes are washed, dried and ready. And that somebody isn’t him or the kids. Nobody thinks about the toiletries, the first aid kit, the snacks and drinks to get us through the journey and the first day until we’ve located a...

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Eden Project parkrun
Aug29

Eden Project parkrun

On our recent short break to Padstow, my husband, son, daughter and I ran Eden Project parkrun. I know it’s hard to believe, but in 2015, 2016 and 2017, we just skipped parkrun when we were on holiday. We would have done a Padstow parkrun, but there isn’t one. Last year, we started to run parkrun on holiday. This year, we’d planned to do Lanhydrock parkrun, near Bodmin (there aren’t many parkruns in Cornwall)....

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Our first Airbnb experience
Aug27

Our first Airbnb experience

We’ve just got back from our first Airbnb short break. Regular readers will know we absolutely love Padstow in Cornwall. It is a real home from home for us. But in recent years, my eldest has grown to dislike it and my younger son has gone off it a bit too. We knew we wouldn’t be able to go for a week this year. My eldest had said categorically he wouldn’t go with us. Which is fine. He’s an adult. He...

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How much does it cost to stay in Nice?
Aug22

How much does it cost to stay in Nice?

We’ve just returned from holiday in Nice and it was STUNNING. I’ve never been on holiday to anywhere hot in the middle of summer, apart from my honeymoon in Thailand in 2000. I can totally understand why Nice is such a popular destination – with its endless bay with beautiful blue sea, surrounded by mountains. The sky is blue, the temperature is hot and the sun shines all the time. But it’s very expensive. When...

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The A Level results
Aug19

The A Level results

So my 18 year old son has only gone and smashed it with his A Levels. Lots of kids will have done. But for my son, these results really were against all odds. To talk to my son, he comes across as a very bright boy. He has a wide knowledge and interest in things like current affairs and politics. In many ways, he comes across as way older than his years. But he has never been good at schoolwork. He won’t mind me telling you that...

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