Unusual gift ideas

I’ve always been a fan of imaginative gifts, often turning to websites such as this one. I have also recently got really into the idea of making gifts myself or buying them from charity shops. This is partly for financial reasons but also because I genuinely think people do appreciate it. My sister Emma writes an amazing blog about charity shopping and my friend Claire is fabulous at giving interesting gifts. I’m so proud that she wrote a blog post about a gift I gave to her- a bottle of elderflower champagne.  You may notice from Claire’s blog post though, that whilst the…

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Silent Sunday

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Aquathlon

Today, for the first time ever, I competed in an aquathlon. The fact that I’ve never done one before is completely ridiculous. I’ve done several triathlons but my cycling is terrible- I’m a swimmer who runs a bit. The bike just isn’t my thing. So the aquathlon suits me down to the ground- it’s a 750 metre swim in a nice, calm lake, followed by a 5 kilometre run. Genius. This is definitely my sport. Don’t get me wrong, I was rubbish today. Spectacularly slow in comparison to everyone else, but for me it was pretty good. I made two major…

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Tuppence a bag…

Since moving back into my house 18 months ago, there have been numerous things I’ve wanted to do in order to improve it. Unfortunately, we haven’t managed to do much because we haven’t yet managed to sell our other property, my husband’s flat. It now sounds like someone is interested in the flat though, so we’re getting our hopes up and talking about what we would splash out on if it sells. The one thing I would love to do is to sort out the garden. We have a huge area of lawn at the front of our house that we…

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Silent Sunday

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Learning about different cultures

For as long as I can remember, my dad’s family have had Japanese students staying with them for a couple of weeks every summer. Last year, it was a real honour and a sign that I had become a proper grown-up when we were asked to host some students as well. The students are only 14 or 15 years old and they spend a few days over in the UK with host families to improve their English and learn a bit more about our culture. Despite being so young, they are immaculately behaved and a pleasure to have around the house.…

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Up and running!

Right from day one, we could see that Libby was going to be a bit of a character. Her ministry of silly faces gave that away… What also became apparent very swiftly was her love of food and drink. These days she can tell us that she’s hungry, usually by shouting for banana, cake or, if she can’t say the right word, just “mmmmmm!!!” Even when she was tiny though, we got the general idea of what she wanted… Libby is also very keen on exercise. She has been trying to walk since she was about 2 months old. At…

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