Thursday photo #303

Sending the children back to school at the end of the holidays feels a bit like doing the long jump. After spending ages milling around, Monday mornings are the run up before take off. We always end up sprinting up the runway, combining our long jump with a trolley dash. Grabbing things from cupboards, finding lost water bottles or books and shoving things in bags as we sprint off ready for take off. I drop the girls off by pulling up outside the school. They leap out and run in, inevitably just before the gates close. And we’re back into…

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Win a Hogwarts Express 500 piece 3D jigsaw puzzle

Isn’t it wonderful how the Harry Potter series appeals to both children and their parents? Many parents read the books when they were children. Then came the films and now, we’re introducing the characters to the next generation. That’s why toys and games with a Harry Potter theme are ideal for the whole family. This Hogwarts Express 500 piece 3D jigsaw puzzle is a great example. It is aimed at children aged six years old and over, but in reality the whole family will enjoy getting stuck in. It is available to buy here. About the Hogwarts Express 3D jigsaw…

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Thursday photo #302

As usual, half term is flying by. This time though, we’re taking things easy. We normally go away during the school holidays but for various reasons, we didn’t end up booking anything this week. As it turned out, that was absolutely the right decision. Since the weekend, the river level has risen dramatically around here. Residents of local towns have been evacuated. We are incredibly lucky here to be high up, so we have been fine. That said, we’ve been unable to get anywhere so going on holiday probably wouldn’t have happened. Reading for fun Both girls are relatively good…

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The Cat and the Canary at Malvern Theatres: Review

A lonely elderly lady sits alone on a sofa in the dark. Thunder and lightening outside the window bring the scene to life and she gazes fondly at a huge portrait on the wall. Soon, the audience are introduced to six potential heirs of her master’s fortune. Something is amiss and the elderly lady is certain that evil is afoot. The Cat and the Canary adaptation by Bill Kenwright and the Classic Thriller Theatre Company The elderly lady in the first scene is the inimitable Mrs Pleasant, played by none other than global superstar Britt Ekland. She has been guarding…

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Thursday photo #301

Well hasn’t half term crept up all of a sudden? It seems like only a few days ago that we were preparing for the children to go back to school. Now, there’s another holiday looming. For the first time in ages, we’ve got no plans to go away. My husband is on a course that week, so the girls and I will be busying ourselves locally. The slow divorce When the girls were tiny, we put them into the same bedroom so I could have the other bedroom as an office. They continued to enjoy this arrangement as they got…

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