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If there’s a man in your life, or in the parental unit of your family, where does he sit in the stack of Christmas presents you have to buy? It saddens me that my great man, who I love, is now not the recipient of the first gifts in my basket, because, that’s now the kids. He’s not changed, and nor have I, so, why do men in your life become harder to buy presents for...

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If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping, absolutely magical family experience this Christmas, Longleat’s Festival of Light is it. As my sister said when I showed her some pictures last night, it simply doesn’t look real; at some points you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. If you’ve never heard of it, then, briefly: at this time of year Longleat Safari...

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I’ve loved horses since the minute I sat on one. My sister sat on one on the same day and didn’t get the vibe. I had lessons, often working (yes, as an 8yr old in the 80s, you could work) leading other children around all day just to get the last ride for free. I’ve had my own pony. I’m writing this looking out of the window at two ponies in our field and 14 more in the...

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I’ve been reading a lot, lately. Our son is now two and I have a bit more time to get back into books, which is incredible. I saw a quote this week that said ‘reading is something you to to take you somewhere else when you have to stay still’, and I think it’s perfect. Oddly, a lot of the books I have read have been driven along in their stories by female characters that...

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I went to Finland once, to compete in the World Air Guitar Championships. One of the constants of that trip (aside from cheese soup, the pear cider, and the constant silent strumming with strangers) was that most of the Fins we met in the tiny town, close to Siberia, were completely baffled why we would come to their neighbourhood on holiday. A lot of them laughed, and believe me, Fins...

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This is a collaborative post with GoCompare There’s nothing like a parental trip down memory lane, is there? Last week, we went to A cappella pizzeria and cafe on Wells Rd in Knowle. It bought back so many very happy memories for us both. It’s where Tibbs had her first pizza. End of story. What a milestone It’s where I went to work, fighting back sniffles, with my laptop, when...

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I can’t decide if this is the most depressing post I’ve ever written, or the most uplifting. So here goes. If you’ve seen pictures of me, or we’ve met, or you’ve seen me around, you’ll know I’m quite overweight. I’m a familiar story. I was quite fit and healthy, and then I had the kids and my eating habits changed for the worse. I’d just...

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The saying ‘part of the furniture’ applies to people, I think. Mostly colleagues. “You can’t leave, you’re part of the furniture here!’. I’m currently pondering whether our sofas are my colleagues in life, family members, or, are they just part of my furniture? All because at least two of the three we have are looking, feeling, and smelling pretty bad. Kids. Dogs. Feet. Weetabix covered vest...

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know me and my family LOVE Valley Fest with a passion. We’ve been looking forward to it for ages. Not least because it’s one of the only times in a year, aside from the odd wedding or party, where me and Mr W let our hair (and beard) down together, without the children. Yes. Yes I am amongst those people, those people who think that...

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Recently, a friend of mine told me about a parenting book she was reading. It advocated that you should simply play with your child for as long as you can manage without negativity, stress or barriers forming between you in the game. This could be an hour. It could be ten minutes. If the game ends happily, then any time length is ok. I can relate. I find it so difficult, when engaging with the...

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