Thursday photo #254

Is anybody else suffering with the mornings getting lighter? Libby seems to wake up with the light and can’t get back to sleep. She is also incapable of not waking Lia up, so they’re both up early and Lia is permanently exhausted. Buying blackout curtains for their room is a priority. Spring After the warm weather we had in February, the past few weeks have been a bit of a shock. Back to Winter coats and jumpers. It seemed perfect timing for the sun to return yesterday, on the first day of spring. I’m hoping Spring is here to stay…

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Dog friendly days out West Midlands

As dog lovers, most of us want to take our canine companions with us on days out where possible. Luckily, there are lots of dog friendly days out in the West Midlands. Some only allow dogs outside, others welcome them indoors with open arms. This guide offers a lot of suggestions of things to do with your dog. As it covers the whole West Midlands region, I’ve split it up by district. If you’re looking for activities in a particular area, please click on one of the links below to take you to the relevant section. For more things to…

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Rainy days out West Midlands

The West Midlands gets its fair share of rainy days. Whether you’re looking for a completely indoor attraction or somewhere with areas to escape inside, this guide will give you inspiration even when the weather doesn’t. I’ve divided it up into areas, so if you’re looking for a particular region, please click on the links below to take you to the relevant section. 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. Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands (county) Worcestershire Rainy days…

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I disagree

It is natural to surround ourselves with people like us. We work with people with a similar skillset, make friends with people who have similar interests and follow social media accounts that share our ethos. So, when was the last time you disagreed with someone? Not an argument, or disagreeing with a stranger, but voicing a differing opinion to a friend or family member. Or even expressing an alternative viewpoint at work. Is disagreeing really that uncommon? Why is disagreeing frowned upon? It goes without saying that we all have differing opinions. If we were all the same, society simply…

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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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