A letter to a busy mum

Dear mum, Please mum, stop a minute for me. Dad says you’re busy. He says you work hard until late at night when I’m asleep. He says there’s lots to do around the house and you’re trying to look after us children as well. Dad says I can’t come and see you because you’re working. I don’t know what that means, so I sneak up to your office. I try to talk to you, ask you to read me a story or take me to the park. We could go for a bike ride or run around the fields. We could…

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Caring for an elderly dog

Please note: I am an ambassador for Wagglepets, you can obtain a 50% discount off your first your first box using the code NATALIE50 at the checkout. Many years ago, I was working shifts and often had days off during the week. I spent a lot of time on my own, which wasn’t a problem to me but I realised that I could be putting my time to rather better use. So, I went along to my local dog shelter and started to walk the dogs there on my days off. My (now) husband agreed that this was a good…

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Our Thursday Photo #90

Since my husband had his accident, I’ve learnt a fair bit about DIY. We love our home, the location and house type are perfect. But we need to do a lot of work on it to get it as we want it. Over the past few months I’ve connected a radiator and fixed a fence, among other unexpected tasks. Long term, we’d love to extend both to the side and into the roof. This will give us the opporunity to have an extra bedroom wtih an en-suite, a larger kitchen and separate dining room. With all this in mind, we’ve…

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What’s on West Midlands February 2016

Monday 1st Ancient oceans, Sea Life Birmingham: Walk with the dinosaurs at the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham. Two weeks of themed talks and activities for visitors to learn about the times when dinosaurs roamed the earth – and the oceans. Tuesday 2nd Women of RAF Defford, National Trust Croome: A talk about the 600 women who were based at RAF Defford during the Second World War. Light refreshments included. The Sound of Music, Malvern Festival Theatre: Musical production with Maria played by Lucy O’Byrne following her recent success as a finalist on The Voice. Wednesday 3rd The Sound of Music, Malvern…

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Will the countryside die with our generation?

Not so many years ago, playing outdoors was the staple pastime of children of any age. I remember spending day after day playing in the fields, building dens, climbing trees, looking for frogs in the pond and playing with friends at the park. As I got older, outdoor activities would include walking in the hills, cycling, climbing, running and playing cricket on the local sports field, using our jumpers as the wickets. Back then, if the weather was terrible we might watch television or read a book. But the days indoors were long, there wasn’t much to entertain you. I am…

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Friendship: What does it really mean?

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook that really annoyed me. It was just one of these ridiculous posters that people share without thinking. Or maybe they did think about it, maybe they really meant it. Either way, It annoyed me so much that weeks later, I’m still furious. Here’s what it said: “People make time for who they want to make time for. People text, call and reply to people they want to talk to. Never believe anyone who says they’re too busy. If they wanted to be around you, they would.” Whoever wrote this has…

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Beginner’s guide to ballet: Dancewear Central

Just over two years ago, I took a very nervous little girl to a ballet class for the first time. As a toddler, Libby was very shy. She didn’t really associate with other children and whilst she was a chatterbox at home, she barely said a word when there were other people around. We started going together to little swans ballet class at Ballet Malvern. The class is aimed at pre-school aged children and parents join so that each child has the one to one attention of their parent to help them to follow the teacher’s instructions. Libby loved the…

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