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The Birthday Girl – Fifteen Today

I rarely write on this blog* these days. Why? Mainly because my children are growing up and privacy is of the essence. Talking of growing up, my youngest daughter turns fifteen today. FIFTEEN!! Of all my children, this one was the saddest to hear about the demise of my blog. She’s always  loved pouring over […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 30.06.16

It’s my turn to host Loud ‘n’ Proud again. Yay! If you’re not familiar with this linky, it’s an opportunity to share the more positive side of life. Perhaps you’re proud of your other half and you want to use your blog to share it publicly. Maybe your child went on their first school visit this […] Read more…

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This Funny Old Life

A mere four months ago I was bemoaning the fact that my eldest daughter had put more effort into finding the right prom dress than anything else all year. This included her impending GCSEs that seemed to be getting more and more neglected as time went on. Having finally found ‘The One’, you might remember that the […] Read more…

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What Makes a Good Dad?

Sitting in the therapist’s office, listening to him explain the decision he had made some fourteen years ago – to put his family first – I felt a little bit sad. As he shared his determination to be home for bath time every night, before reading ‘Kipper’ for the umpteenth time, I could see what he was trying to do – […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 09.06.16

Guess what? It’s my turn to host Loud ‘n’ Proud today. When it comes to my regular posts, I’ve gone a bit AWOL of late. Apologies for that. But for many reasons, Loud ‘n’ Proud is one of my favourite things on this blog, so I’m looking forward to reading your posts this week. If […] Read more…

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For Hire: One Troubleshooter

**Disclaimer: No child exploitation has taken place in the making of this post** We all know that bringing up children is flipping hard work, right? Well sometimes, you strike gold and get one that serves an excellent purpose. My third child has become my very own personal troubleshooter and I do not know what I do without him. The truth […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud 19.05.16

It’s been a little while since I’ve hosted Loud ‘n’ Proud but I’m back and I’ve missed it. I love to read the reasons – big and small – as to why you’re proud of your loved ones and I equally enjoy sharing my own posts. The last month or so has been unbelievably hard for us. […] 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…

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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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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 17.3.16

I’m back hosting my monthly Loud ‘n’ Proud slot, today. If you’re new here and want to find out what it’s all about, then read on… The Loud ‘n’ Proud linky is an opportunity to share all of those proud moments that in the past, you have felt reluctant to broadcast. It might be a post about […] Read more…

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Just Say ‘No’ (and Mean It)

My eldest daughter and I are very different.  For a long time, I struggled to understand her tendency to opt out of large social gatherings or even care that they were happening without her. I would question her preference to go out on a hack alone, instead of with the other horse-mad girls at the stables. […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 25.2.16

You all know how much I love to share stories about our family life. More often than not, those stories are designed to make you laugh, cry or nod your head in solidarity. From time to time however, my kids do something pretty amazing, something I want to remember forever. What better place to do that […] Read more…

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