Everything has changed in our household over the past few days. Spring has finally sprung and, slightly earlier than anticipated, Libby appears to have sprung as well- sprung to her feet! With her new-found walking ability, she just wants to be outside ALL of the time.  I have had it in the back of my mind all winter that I was neglecting my garden. Last year, I managed to grow some vegetables and we at least kept the lawn and borders in check. Sadly, over the winter I’ve totally let it go. The borders are a mess, the greenhouse is…

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Last year during the pathetic washed out excuse for a British summer, some Japanese students came to stay with us. Keen to show them the best of the British countryside and culture, we headed for nearby Eastnor Castle. It wasn’t until we arrived that we realised that Eastnor allowed dogs not only into their grounds, but also into the Castle itself. Since that day, I’ve started to look online at wherever we want to go out for the day to see if they allow dogs. I’ve been so surprised at the places that do!  If you have a pet dog,…

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A few months before we got married, my husband and I decided it was time to combine our meagre funds and create a joint bank account. This set off a strange course of events, culminating in a cautionary tale about washing machines. We spent one of those evenings that everybody dreads where we trawled through our finances. We argued the toss over excessive TV packages and unused gym memberships. Every outgoing from each of our bank accounts was analysed in detail. Some were scrapped, some were transferred between accounts and we were left with £15 per month exiting my husband’s…

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Following on from my post about my love for real nappies, I thought I’d write another couple of posts about the environment and my concerns about the impact that we have on it. The first of these links in with Ecover’s Message in Our Bottle campaign. This is really starting to take off now, I have read a few blogs about it and it’s such a great campaign that everybody is getting right behind them.  Ecover have pledged to clean up our planet one bottle at a time. These days, it’s not just about throwing your plastic bottle into the recycling…

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This week is real nappy week. I have toyed with the idea of blogging about it, but I was worried that my post was going to come across as biased. Sadly, I don’t think there is much I can do about that, because I am. I am, in fact, a convert. I am a fan, a lover and even, I might say, an addict.  The Real Nappy – My Story   Before Libby was born, I read a bit about real nappies because using disposable nappies just didn’t sit comfortably with me. I was worried about the cost, friends told me…

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So you’ve read the title and you can be forgiven for assuming that we’re off to sunnier climes, escaping this unseasonably dismal British weather and spending a week lying by a swimming pool. Husband, baby and I topping up our tans, being waited on hand and foot and putting on a stone over the course of the week owing to the free food and gin.  Er, no. Traditional all inclusive holidays were great in my early twenties when I didn’t know any different. My late twenties to early thirties were a time for travelling the world and now, rapidly approaching…

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So spring is finally here! Yesterday Libby and I were determined to make the most of a glimpse of the sunshine. First we took the dogs for a walk around the fields. This is the first time I’ve taken Libby out without about 11 layers on since she was a few weeks old. She was delighted to be able to point to things that she saw on the walk without the restriction of her mittens! Next, we went to our local pool for a swim. She has recently learned to launch herself into the swimming pool and took great pride…

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