Thursday photo #253

For the first time in ages, I didn’t manage to go swimming in the river this week. The water level was a little higher than we felt comfortable with, so we took the sensible option and didn’t go in. It has left me feeling a bit lost. Those few minutes of bobbing about in freezing cold water really do make all the difference to my week. Reading for pleasure As a child, I used to read for pleasure from a very young age. By the time I was Libby’s age, I had read all the books in the school library.…

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Review of the Worst Witch at Malvern Theatres

Mildred Hubble stumbled into the magical Cackle’s Academy school for witches quite by mistake. Yet it was one of the most captivating mistakes ever made. Since Jill Murphy wrote her Worst Witch stories, they’ve sold over five million copies and been made into films and television series. My little Worst Witch fans were delighted when Malvern Theatres kindly invited us to review the Worst Witch stage show. Worst Witch at Malvern Theatres: the show As we took our seats and waited for the show to begin, we noticed something odd. There was somebody jogging around the theatre, dressed as a…

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What I learned from a Winter of wild swimming

Last January, I sat in a cafe with a friend looking out at the snow on the ground. We talked about starting wild swimming in a few months time and laughed at the irony of discussing it while the weather was so cold. We agreed to start wild swimming in May and carry on until the school summer holidays. Perhaps we’d even be brave and manage to one or two swims in September. Over a year later, Spring officially starts in under a fortnight and we’ve completed our first Winter of wild swimming. Here are a few things I learned.…

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How to love Mondays

From the day we start school, Monday to Friday represents the daily grind. Early starts. Hard work. Routine. Living for the weekend, waiting for those two precious days with family and friends. Sunday nights bring a familiar feeling of dread and the Monday morning alarm is the low point of the whole week. But it doesn’t have to be this way, what if we were to learn how to love Mondays? Start the week with something you love To learn how to love Mondays, the first step is to do something you enjoy on the first day of every week.…

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Thursday photo #252

It seems the topic on everybody’s lips this week is the weather. After that deceptively glorious sunshine, it has finally returned to the much anticipated rain. Personally I’m quite pleased. Hopefully, next time the sun comes out it really will be the start of Spring and it will be here to stay a little longer. Improving Less than a year ago, Lia couldn’t swim. We took her to the pool every week and she’d refuse to take her float off, or if she didn’t have it she’d cling to me. My husband and I are both competent swimmers. In fact,…

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A retrospective 40 before 40

It seems to be somewhat of a tradition to write a 40 before 40 list. As I’m approaching my 40th year (I’ll be 39 in a few months), I started thinking about what I’d put on my list. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that there’s not much I want to do that I haven’t already done. I’m at a stage in my life where a lot of exciting adventures are on hold. The children aren’t old enough to join in and I don’t want to leave them for that long. But for the first…

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Things to do West Midlands Easter holidays 2019

School Easter holidays are approaching, so it’s time for a list of things to do in the West Midlands. All events are family friendly and I advise checking the relevant website for dates, times and changes to their schedule before visiting. Please let me know your favourite things to do in the West Midlands during the Easter holidays if they’re not on my list! For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. UPDATE: New post available for things to do in…

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