Thursday photo #206 – taking control

For the past few months, I’ve felt a bit like I was drifting along. There was always too much to do and not enough time. And yet, I felt like I should be doing more. Fitness and weight loss After losing Pluto last week, I realised it was time to get back into running. I had tended to walk most days because I didn’t have time to both run with Bubbles and walk Pluto. So, now it’s just me and Bubbles going out each day, there’s no excuse not to run. I’ve entered a triathlon for July so I need…

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How a science toy could save the world

Did you know that only 23 per cent of people in core STEM occupations in the UK are female? Or that only 4.5 per cent of commercial airline pilots are women? This isn’t a throwback to 1957, it’s now. This is the world our children are growing up in. Exploring science A few weeks ago, Libby came home from school and informed me that she wanted to go to science club. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that Libby wants to do everything. Music, drama, swimming, cycling, running, writing, dancing, climbing, cricket, rugby – you name it, she…

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Thursday photo #205 – the hardest week

There were high hopes for the Easter holidays around here. The weather would improve, we’d go on holiday in the camper van in the sunshine. There would be days out, chilled evenings and walks on the beach with the dogs. But you know what they say about best laid plans. Warwick Castle It seems like a long time ago now that we went to Warwick Castle for the day, but it was only last Thursday. The girls had both been suffering with a cold and Libby was still a bit under the weather that day. But we’d said we’d go…

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Goodbye to the one who loved me

There’s something special about the relationship with a dog who chooses you as his own. From the moment Pluto strolled into our house as a rescue dog, he had decided that I was his. And that’s how it has always been, for nine happy years. I couldn’t change your beginning It’s hard to say what Pluto went through in the early years, but he wasn’t a happy dog. When our local rescue found him, he had been beaten and starved. There was wood embedded into his chest, requiring an operation to remove it. And it was many months after we…

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9 things you need to know about a family visit to Witley Court

We only discovered Witley Court a few weeks ago despite living nearby. It’s an English Heritage property with woodland walks, formal gardens and a fascinated stately home that is completely in ruins. Not only is it the perfect destination for a family day out, but it’s dog friendly too. Here are 9 things you need to know about it. 1. Entry fees and English Heritage Witley Court is an English Heritage property, so don’t forget to bring your card with you if you’re a member. Entry to Witley Court costs £22.40 for a family, whereas family membership to English Heritage…

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Thursday photo #204 – Cold and colds

For once, the Easter holidays seem to be going quite slowly here. And I’m pleased to say, that’s because we’re making the most of it. The break started with us piling everything into the camper van and driving to Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth. Of course, we set off a few hours late but I’ve never known a time when we didn’t. A short break in the April snow Is it just me that has been totally taken by surprise with this weather? It was particularly shocking when I got up to take Libby to the toilet at about 3am on…

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Vale of Rheidol Railway dog friendly family day out

It’s amazing to see that so many places offer dog friendly accommodation these days. But sadly, finding somewhere to stay is often the tip of the iceberg. So, I thought I’d share the a dog friendly family day out we had over the Easter break at the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Not only is the railway itself dog friendly, but there are some lovely pubs, beaches and campsites in the area that welcome canine family members. The Vale of Rheidol Railway Running from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway climbs 700ft in just under…

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