Silent Sunday

 

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Dogs in a tent!

We are back home after a fabulous few days in Polzeath, Cornwall camping with friends. Polzeath is glorious. It’s stunningly beautiful with both awesome surfing beaches and tranquil bays ideal for children and swimming. I managed to fit in running, swimming in the sea, surfing with an old friend and a water polo tournament. Miraculously we won the polo tournament and even got an actual medal!  Libby had a great time learning to play football, playing in a soft-play area, swimming in the sea, digging in the sand and generally lapping up the fresh air. We managed to continue using…

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First ever gifts

A few weeks ago, I noticed a tweet in which someone was asking for recommendations for fabulous gifts for newborns. At the time, I quickly recommended the 100 year diary that someone bought for Libby when she was born. There is one page per season for 100 years, plus space for a photo each year and some other pages at the front such as achievements and things to remember. This is a fabulous keepsake that I hope she will have for her whole life.  That got me thinking about how important gifts for newborns and Christening gifts are. If I…

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Exciting new challenges!

This year, I made my usual start to the summer where running is concerned. I entered a half marathon in June, knowing full well that I probably wouldn’t have trained enough, but that I’d probably manage to get round. Sure enough, that was exactly what happened. As the summer went on, I became a bit more enthusiastic about my fitness and started trying to find a different challenge each month. July was a triathlon, August was an aquathlon, and now I’ve entered my events for September and October. What fantastic events they are too!  In September I’ve got two runs…

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Keep on running…

I really want to be good at running. I do my best to get out for a run at least a few times a week. It can take as little as 20 minutes so there’s never an excuse not to to. Much as I would love to say that it’s time that holds me back, being too busy with work or with Libby, it’s just not true. The fact is, I’m just chronically lazy. Today, I really wanted to do our local ParkRun. My husband was free to look after Libby, the car was available so I could get there… but…

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Dib Dab Disaster

Since she was tiny, Libby has always had the nickname Dib Dab. I’m not sure why really, just one of those things that seems to have happened. Over the past few weeks since she’s started walking though, she’s become little Miss Dib Dab Disaster.  Every child goes through a falling over stage not long after they start walking, but Libby’s seems to be a bit more dramatic for several reasons. Firstly, she is spectacularly clumsy because she can’t see in three dimensions, resulting in her going to grab things and totally missing because she can’t see how far away they…

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Unusual gift ideas

I’ve always been a fan of imaginative gifts, often turning to websites such as this one. I have also recently got really into the idea of making gifts myself or buying them from charity shops. This is partly for financial reasons but also because I genuinely think people do appreciate it. My sister Emma writes an amazing blog about charity shopping and my friend Claire is fabulous at giving interesting gifts. I’m so proud that she wrote a blog post about a gift I gave to her- a bottle of elderflower champagne.  You may notice from Claire’s blog post though, that whilst the…

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