Category Archives: families

Cambodia Day 3: temples, tempura and terrifying transport

One of my old saws with my kids is to embrace experiences not stuff. So deeply ingrained is it that I can hardly be surprised when the Vet announced she had booked us all on a Cambodian cooking course on … Continue reading

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J is for Jumble Sales #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

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A is for Auction #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

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So you want a dog, do you?

One year ago I wrote about the start of our canine love affair. As it is 4 years, nearly to the day since Dog appeared in our lives I thought I retell the story of how it all started way … Continue reading

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Somethings are too good not to share…

There are cliches for every occasion. A picture is as good as a thousand words. You shouldn’t burden the children with the sins of the father; or, indeed vica versa. Someone is a chip off the old block. All of … Continue reading

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Pink Radios and Champagne – the Art of being Cosy #carrotranch

The last prompt from the Carrot Ranch is here December 29, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a cosy story. What is it to be cosy, to experience Danish hygge? It doesn’t need to be culture-specific, … Continue reading

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10 reasons why Christmas is dangerous

Christmas is about peace and goodwill and food and sharing and family and, well, it’s a damn risky time really. I’m not saying it’s up there with Donald Trump’s double or a Chernobyl chimney sweep in terms of taking the … Continue reading

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