This morning the weather was reasonable and Libby was in a good mood, so we headed off to see the ducks and play on the park. We went with my mum, who was really excited to show Libby all the ducklings.  Mum went to the park a few days ago and there was one mother duck with 11 ducklings. It was with a combination of disappointment and horror that she realised that there are now only seven. We watched the ducks for a while and then headed off on our merry way to play on the slide. That’s when we…

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I have recently written a post about making gin to give to people as presents. It’s now nearly time to start foraging for the ingredients, which has given me a bit of a taste for the whole idea. So, this year I will be making as many of my presents as I can. I would also love to get Libby involved in at least some of the things that I make. This will be done in the free time that I don’t have. The ingredients and materials that I need will be purchased with the money I haven’t got. That’s…

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So, here we are in 2013. That means that it’s nearly 10 years since I first bought this house. I was 23 when I bought it. The house was too big for me on my own to be able to afford or renovate, and it needed some work doing. I’ve since moved out of the house but didn’t sell it, then moved back in here with my husband in February of last year. Now that we are living here as a family, it’s a fantastic place to be, ideal for the three of us with plenty of space and a…

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So, barbecue season is upon us! Oh no, my mistake, it isn’t. But it should be, and I’m feeling unusually optimistic that it will be soon! Last summer, our barbecues were impromptu, disorganised and, quite frankly, a bit crap. So this year, as a one-off, once in a lifetime, never to be repeated exercise, I’m planning this year’s barbecues. I’ve made a list and I do believe I’ve cracked it. This year’s barbecues are going to be a different story! So here is my ten-step guide to avoiding the sort of barbecues we had last year! Meat: Buy the best…

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The title of my blog post isn’t big, it isn’t clever. It isn’t inventive. This is a blog post about running. Uphill.  Nearly two years ago, I ran a half marathon quite quickly by my standards, I finished in 1:51. By a few months after that, I’d done two Olympic distance triathlons and an obstacle run called Total Warrior. Since then, I have undertaken the following ten-step exercise and fitness routine:  Get fat Get pregnant Get fatter Have a baby Start running again Lose baby weight Stop running Get fat again Start running Continue running, remaining fat I am now…

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A few weeks ago, Libby took her first unaided steps. Only six or seven steps, but she did it quite a few times during the course of a week. Since then, we’ve had a few steps here or there but she really seems to have lost her confidence.  We do loads of walking practice every day (at her request). She even walks around the block just holding one of my hands. We have bought her a little rucksack that doubles as reins and for a while, she was quite happily walking around with one of us holding onto the rucksack…

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