Family Made Simple

The definition of the word “family” is different for everyone. What used to be described as “the nuclear family”, where you had two parents and one or two children, really doesn’t exist any more. As my Nana would have said “things are not what they used to be”. She often used to say that in […]

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There’s a certain smell….

Today, tonight in fact, my family and I are off on an adventure. We are flying to Bangkok to be with my Dad, aka Long Suffering Granddad, for Christmas.  This is not the first time I have been there, in fact I spent some of my childhood there. My dad worked there, for a few […]

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No bah humbug this year!

This year, my friends and family have been a little surprised at my change of attitude towards Christmas, and all things festive. I am known as being very bah humbug, get very stroppy at posts counting down to Christmas before it’s even December, and prone to making sarcastic remarks at people announcing they have done […]

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Thursday Photo Dump

We took a walk to Ham House this week, which is literally ten minutes away from us, and is beautiful, both inside the house, and in the gardens. We mainly go to the gardens, because Small Boy isn’t really suited to beautiful old houses with lots of fragile antiques just yet, but the gardens themselves are lovely and we had a […]

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Happy Birthday Grandpa Ian in South Africa!

Both my children’s grandfather’s are Ian, Small Boy’s middle name is Ian, after both of them. My father is Grandad Ian, LSH’s father is Grandpa Ian. It is Grandpa Ian, in South Africa’s birthday today.    We asked him if it was ok if we shared this on the blog, and I was looking through […]

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Is it really Christmas Eve?

I keep asking myself this question… I feel like Christmas has sneaked up on me this year. I (actually, read we, because LSH has done more than his fair share of shopping, wrapping and Christmas related activities) have been remarkably organised. We’ve got all of our gifts and they’re all wrapped, we’ve had the tree up and […]

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