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Things to consider before renting out the family home [AD]

Selling the family home is always a huge decision. Often it’s the right thing to do because you need more space as the family grows. Or less space when children fly the nest. Sometimes though, it’s not the only option. One example is if you are leaving the area. For us, travelling for a few months to a year has always been a consideration. If we end up doing so, we don’t really want to sell up. However, we also don’t want to be paying the whole mortgage on a house we’re not living in, so renting out the house…

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Family adventure checklist [AD]

There’s not much children love more than an adventure. As parents, it’s a privilege to be involved in their exciting plans and schemes. Whether it’s climbing trees in the grounds of a National Trust property or searching for creatures in rock pools, there’s an adventure around every corner. Sometimes, it’s difficult to put your own fears aside and let children explore. That’s why we’ve put together an adventure checklist. This is what we think you need to search for excitement and stay safe. Firing up some enthusiasm for adventure When there’s a cosy living room and a screen to tear…

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Thursday photo #325

As much as the first week of the school holidays dragged, this one has gone in a flash. We’re not back to our usual levels of chaos, but we’ve started to get out and about a bit more. Most notably, the children have finally been swimming. Not quite in the nice warm swimming pool they were expecting, but the river was definitely a good alternative. Revisiting old haunts Up until Lia went to school, we went to National Trust Croome most weeks. Lia and I would often go while Libby was at school for a walk, a drink and a…

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Thursday photo #324

With the school summer holidays finally here, it is a strange feeling that nothing has changed. My husband took the day off on Monday and we had a lovely day out with friends. We even saw a kingfisher while we ate our picnic by a stream. Since then though, we have pretty much carried on where we left off last week. Lia isn’t in school, I’m not doing schoolwork in the mornings with Libby but those are the only changes. It is a far cry from our usual start to school holidays where we pack the van and head to…

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Thursday photo #323

Isn’t it funny how things that are long-awaited tend to pass by in the blink of an eye? Libby was told a few weeks ago that she would have half a day in school this week. After much anticipation, the day finally arrived and went. She loved seeing all her friends, being with her teachers and grasping onto that little glimpse of normality. And now the countdown begins for September. The news we’d been waiting for With all the things everyone has missed out on over the past few months, it has been easy to divide activities into things we…

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