Pumpkin Perfection
Oct29

Pumpkin Perfection

Last year there was a near miss with the carving knife in our household whilst getting the pumpkin ready for Halloween – not to mention hysterical giggles from my kids for my poor effort at cutting out a ‘scary face’. The pumpkin’s lopsided mouth looked like you do when you’ve been to the dentist to get a tooth out! There were pips (or are they seeds?) all over the floor, which at the time the cat seemed...

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Super Car for Paramedics
Oct20

Super Car for Paramedics

I saw on the news that paramedics in Dubai have been given new cars to maximise response times to accidents. Of course that makes total sense, ‘Seconds are vital in these situations, it really can be a matter of life and death’ said one paramedic. Oh yeah ..nothing to do with the fact that the car in question is a super fast, super lush Lotus! My bother is a paramedic, and this is what he drives…      ...

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Time to Swot Up
Oct16

Time to Swot Up

I read somewhere about a 16 year old boy who had taken something like 12 GSCE’s and had come top in the country for 10 of them! Wow, pretty impressive, he must be a right brainbox. But what I’ve discovered over the last few months is that parents also have to be pretty ‘up there’in the learning stakes too. Last weekend I spent the whole of Sunday doing homework with my kids. My 5 yr old daughter had to show what she did in the summer...

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Autumn is here!
Oct16

Autumn is here!

            Driving to work I really noticed that the burnt orange, russet red and warm yellow leaves are everywhere. It looked so lovely and I thought yep, Autumn is well and truly here. It’s also that time of year for the schools Harvest Festival celebrations. My daughters assembly was this morning and whilst grappling at the back of the cupboard for that tin of fruit I knew was there to donate – was...

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Know your Schichttorte from your Baklava

Wednesday’s will never be the same!                       I must admit, I shed a little tear when I watched the final episode of the brilliant ‘Great British Bake Off! What will I do with my Wednesday evenings now? It has been excellent viewing and I’ve learnt a lot. I now know my Schichttorte from my Baklava and my Povitica from my Kugelhopf! I’m going to...

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What to do with the kids on a rainy Saturday..
Oct03

What to do with the kids on a rainy Saturday..

My fantastic running buddy commented this morning that this weekend we are due a rather enormous downpour of rain oh no I thought I have a house full of children on Saturday and I’m not prepared for bad weather ! So for all of you thinking about what to do with your kids, grandchildren, friends kids, god children or perhaps just because you want to do something different to do this weekend, then this article in the Guardian...

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Don’t try this at home!
Oct03

Don’t try this at home!

                          I’m sure I m not in the minority of parents whose child has dropped & damaged their iPhone (yes I know, v lucky to have one in the first place especially considering I’ve still got my old Samsung ). Well, the screen was cracked and as it was an iPhone 4 we had to replace the screen & digitiser (meant nothing to me either!)....

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Invitation Lost in the Post?
Oct03

Invitation Lost in the Post?

Dear George I was so glad to see in the news that your wedding went well. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there to share your special day, but I fear my invitation must have got lost in the post! I must say you looked as handsome as ever and I followed ever minute of your wedding in the news  and poured over every photo of you (sometimes for several minutes at a time). I hope you will be very happy with ‘what’s her...

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