Thursday photo #297

It’s amazing how quickly the school holidays become a distant memory. The girls only went back last Tuesday but we’re already firmly entrenched in our routine. This week has been a real treat for me with plenty of outdoor swimming. With the river still flooded, I’ve been getting in for a swim when and where I could. So on Saturday when my husband took the girls to visit his aunt in Bristol, I took the opportunity for a swim. Clevedon Marine Lake I first noticed Clevedon Marine Lake over the summer. We’d gone out for lunch in Clevedon and I…

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Malvern Theatres: Review

Two men on an exploratory voyage to the frozen North spot a figure running through the fog. Afraid of him at first, they debate whether to help him. They soon realise that he is nothing to fear and take him onboard. Then, the story unfolds. We are introduced to author Mary Shelley, and to the character found running on the ice, Dr Victor Frankenstein. The story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as adapted by Rona Munro Rona Munro’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells the story from the point of view of an author immersed in writing her novel. As the…

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Making full use of a garden [AD]

We’re slowly doing our house up bit by bit and when the spring comes, I want to do the garden as well. The problem with our garden at the moment is that we don’t make best use of the space. The area at the back of the house used to be on a steep hill, so my dad and husband decked it about five years ago. Now, it’s a nice large, smooth area where the children can play, ride their bikes and have the trampoline. Since then though, we haven’t done much more. Fencing the front garden when I bought…

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Westonbirt Arboretum dog friendly family day out

After brilliant days out on Forestry England sites at both Cannock Chase and the Forest of Dean, we were keen to explore another one of their locations. Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is a beautiful, dog friendly day out that has something to offer for the whole family. Young children with bikes under 70cm tall can cycle around the site while adults enjoy a relaxing walk. And of course, there’s plenty of fun for dogs too. The majority of the site is dog friendly although there are a few areas where dogs can’t go and others where they need to be…

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Thursday photo #296

With the last piece of Christmas cake and mince pie consumed, the children trotted off back to school. And just like that, the holidays were over. It’s amazing how quickly we snap back into a routine. Creating new habits This year, I’m trying to do things a bit differently. I’ve picked up some more editing work so I need to keep the days free for that. So, I’m running first thing in the morning before my husband goes to work, then again in the evening before dinner. I’ve never really run more than once a day before, but I needed…

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