Top 10 tips on packing light

This post is for you, my husband who no longer has any idea what packing light means. There was a time, not so very many years ago when we could go on holiday without the kitchen sink. In fact, we coped for a month in New Zealand with just a motorbike pannier each and a small rucksack between us. These days, we travel with two kids, two large dogs, an estate car and a folding camper (over-sized trailer tent). We have even had a genuine discussion about whether to bring the cat next time. So to remind us how it’s…

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10 family campsite essentials

Since having children, camping has become a whole different beast. When it was just us, we had no issues with pitching up in a field or on a cliff top and wild camping. With young children, our needs are a little more complex. Here are the top ten things we look for in a campsite these days. 1. Dog friendly A family holiday wouldn’t be complete without the dogs. We do occasionally have a few days away without them, but we would never leave them behind if we’re camping so we would actively avoid campsites that won’t accept dogs. 2.…

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Bank holidays before and after children

I think there are times when parents speak a different language to everyone else. Bank holidays are one of those times when certain phrases have very, very different meanings before and after having children. Here’s a quick guide.  1. I’m looking forward to the bank holiday Before children: I love getting drunk on Sunday nights and not going into work with a hangover.  After children: An extra day away from the office is always welcome.  2. I’m going to a music festival Before children: I intend to spend the weekend drunk and dancing to great music. After children: I’ll probably go and listen to…

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A weekend in London

Every year, we make the effort to go down to London at least once. This is partly due to the fact that my sister is living down there, and partly down to the fact that we just love the city.  The last time we went, we only stayed for the day. At the time, Lia wasn’t sleeping well and we weren’t ready for a weekend away in a hotel. But we desperately wanted to see the poppies at the Tower of London. We were so glad we did.  Now though, Lia has settled down and we are all up for…

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Thinking about holidays

After a fabulous and unexpected holiday at Bluestone in January this year, we’ve been a bit reticent in getting around to booking or planning our breaks for the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been one for booking holidays early. In fact, I’m a bit of a last minute wonder. Hubby is definitely the organised one, he’s a bit of a stress head when it comes to getting things done.  The time we spent at Bluestone has put a completely different perspective on holidays for us though, and made us reconsider the sort of thing that we will all…

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