The Cat and the Canary at Malvern Theatres: Review

A lonely elderly lady sits alone on a sofa in the dark. Thunder and lightening outside the window bring the scene to life and she gazes fondly at a huge portrait on the wall. Soon, the audience are introduced to six potential heirs of her master’s fortune. Something is amiss and the elderly lady is certain that evil is afoot. The Cat and the Canary adaptation by Bill Kenwright and the Classic Thriller Theatre Company The elderly lady in the first scene is the inimitable Mrs Pleasant, played by none other than global superstar Britt Ekland. She has been guarding…

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Thursday photo #301

Well hasn’t half term crept up all of a sudden? It seems like only a few days ago that we were preparing for the children to go back to school. Now, there’s another holiday looming. For the first time in ages, we’ve got no plans to go away. My husband is on a course that week, so the girls and I will be busying ourselves locally. The slow divorce When the girls were tiny, we put them into the same bedroom so I could have the other bedroom as an office. They continued to enjoy this arrangement as they got…

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Maths games from Orchard Toys: Review

Isn’t it funny how the majority of people regard themselves as terrible at maths? In reality, we’re probably all a lot more capable than we realise. It’s one of those subjects that’s just a bit dry and difficult to take in. So, playing maths games is a great way to make it more interesting, and sneak in some extra maths practice outside of school. We’ve been trying out some maths games from Orchard Toys. Read on to see how we got on and enter the giveaway to win a bundle of maths games to try out yourself. Mammoth Maths The…

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Thursday photo #300

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to get into the habit of discussing gratitude with the children. Libby in particular often doesn’t realise how lucky she is. She has a strong sense of injustice if she feels like she’s being hard done by. So, it’s a useful exercise to stop and think about all the good things that are going on. Gratitude We were chatting about what we were thankful for yesterday over dinner and it got me thinking as well. Since Christmas, I’ve been running once or twice a day. It’s mainly to get ready for my…

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Mindful chef recipe boxes: review

Eating healthily always seems like such a good idea. Cooking from scratch and using fresh ingredients. Eating more vegetables and avoiding processed food. But then, you realise there are a few things you need from the shop and you’re short of time. So, it’s much easier to grab something quick. Pizza, pasta. Oodles of carbs. And the cycle of eating mindlessly continues. In 2015, Mindful Chef set out to change all this. They deliver all the ingredients you need to follow the recipes you choose. All healthy, fresh and high quality food. About Mindful Chef Mindful chef describe themselves as…

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