Thursday photo #251

What a beautiful week. Sunshine at this time of year makes it seem like Spring really is just around the corner doesn’t it? The girls are back to school, I’m back into a routine with work and the river is warming up already. Sunrise Yesterday, I fully intended to get up early and have an hour to myself walking on the Malvern Hills with the dog and watching the sunrise. I set my alarm for 6am and crept around the house getting ready to go so I didn’t wake the girls. But just as I was about to go downstairs,…

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Crowngate Kids Club at the Pod

Keeping the children entertained in the school holidays can be pricey. Shopping trips seem like an expedition with reluctant little ones. Sometimes though, a shopping centre goes the extra mile to make it a bit easier. We headed to Crowngate Shopping Centre in Worcester over half term to make the most of their free kids club. Kids club at the Pod For two days during half term, Crowngate arranged for a local independent business to come into the Pod and run free children’s activities. The first day, children decorated a ladybird house. We attended on the second day, to decorate…

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Finding Instagram accounts you love and why it matters

Instagram divides the world into two groups. Those love it, and those who despise it. If you fall into the latter group, the likelihood is you’ve seen the dark side of it. Bullying, trolling and encouraging suicide. Even those who love social media are aware of that dark side. Yet I strongly feel that it can be incredibly positive as well. This is the a guide to finding Instagram accounts you love, and why it matters. All photos in this post are taken from my own account. Finding Instagram accounts like yours The sort of Instagram accounts I follow have…

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Thursday photo #250

This is the first time for a while that the school holidays has seemed somewhat hard going. Usually, the thought of it is harder than the reality. This half term has been a challenge though, and I’m not even sure why. A short break in Dorset As we usually do in the school holidays, we decided to make the most of the camper van and have a few days away. This time, we headed for Highlands End holiday park in Dorset. They have static caravans, glamping pods and camping for camper vans, caravans and tents. The facilities are excellent with…

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Thursday photo #249

Just like that, half a term has passed and the school holidays are impending again. Unusually for us, we’re here for most of the holiday, so we’ll be working our way through my list of things to do in the West Midlands this half term. Before that though, we’re off to Dorset for a few days. We’re camping by the beach so I’ll be taking my swimming costume with me and hoping to get in for a sea swim. Watching week A few times a year, they have a watching week at the girls’ ballet school. I always love to…

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The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

This Spring, Disney on Ice will be back on tour with more favourite characters than ever. The tour will be in Resorts World Birmingham Arena from 3rd to 7th April. Over 50 Disney characters take part, including the stars of Finding Dory for the first time ever. The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice tour Arrive early to take part in the exciting Mouse Bounce dance for the Fit-to-Dance pre-show. This year’s show is all about family with forgetful Dory. Everyone’s favourite fish will be searching the ocean for her parents with the help of Nemo and Marlin. Not to…

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Close friends are overrated

Do you ever look back on your youth and wonder what happened to all the friendships you spent so long nurturing? According to a survey by Relate, more than one in eight of us has no close friends. They suspect this to be due to the rise in social media usage and the decline in work-life balance. Nearly half of adults reported being lonely some of the time. But how much of this is due to social expectation rather than a genuine need for companionship? It might be an unpopular opinion, but I think close friends are overrated. A decreasing…

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