therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own

One Day at a Time

Today should have been the first of The Teenager’s GCSE exams. She had opted to retake English this year because when she took it last summer (a year early) she “only got a B”. We had discouraged her from re-sitting the exam – a B is perfectly respectable after all – but her school were all […] Read more…

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When Life Deals a Harsh Blow

You might have noticed that my blog has been pretty quiet of late. Many of you have asked if we are ok; it’s nice to know that we have been missed. For the most part, I’ve brushed it off, but when the harsh realities of life hit you square between the eyes, you need time […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 17: My Girl

This is my girl doing what she does best – entering a dressage competition without telling her mum! You will know by now that The Teenager loves nothing better than a challenge.  Bearing in mind that last time, her naughty pony threw her off mid-course resulting in a disqualification, this was going to be some […] Read more…

Parenting Teenagers

It’s Not All Bad. Promise.

Remember when you used to dream about being a parent? When you thought that a baby might be the ribbon on that ‘perfect life’ parcel. How did you imagine it would be? Delicious scented babies wrapped in warm fluffy towels? Happy girls in pig-tails, skipping along the road holding mummy’s hand? I’m willing to bet that it didn’t involve a screaming red infant whose […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 16 / Cry Me a River

I’ve hardly taken any photographs this week. Not ideal when I scroll through my phone to choose my ‘Photo of the Week’, to find a pretty lousy selection! I sat there this morning, wondering why I hadn’t taken any photos. The truth? I’ve been busy, preoccupied with all of the things going on in our world and we’ve not really […] Read more…

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Take 5: Tears, Tension and Taking a Back Seat

As my children get older, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get to my little corner of sanity, aka my blog. Not only does everyone want a piece of me, they also want a piece of my Mac! Every time I’ve had ten minutes to sit down and ‘pen’ something this week, someone has been doing homework or revision […] Read more…

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You Will Be Missed.

My grandad was born in 1919, the eldest of three children. He had an extraordinary mind and a thirst for knowledge (genes that sadly passed the rest of us by), awarding him a place at a boys only grammar school, at the age of 11. My grandad fought in World War II and taught junior pilots to […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 07.04.16

It’s Loud ‘n’ Proud time again folks! What does that mean? Well hang on to your hats cos I’m about to tell you… Us Brits are notoriously bad at rejoicing in the good, sharing our achievements and celebrating with others. I can’t put my finger on why but we’ve never been very good at it. […] Read more…

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Photo of the Week 14 / My Crew

  I took this photograph today; look at that empty slope! I reckon Les Gets has to be the best kept secret in the French Alps this week.  If you can see beyond that breath-taking back drop, at the very heart of this picture is my ‘crew’ – my four favourite people in the world. […] Read more…

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When is it time to stop blogging?

If there’s one question that has plagued me more than any other throughout the last 4 years, it is this: I don’t think I’m the only family blogger who has felt challenged by this and definitely will not be the last. I know many who have stopped for this reason and others who have continued […] Read more…

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