Thursday photo #279

Isn’t it funny how the school holidays seem like such a long time ago? The girls only went back to school last Wednesday but we’re already back into our usual routine. I’m slowly catching up with work and everything seems a little easier. But that doesn’t stop us all from looking forward to half term. New challenges Every year, I tend to sign up for a challenge of some description. I’m terribly bad at motivating myself to exercise and the thought of failing to finish an event usually persuades me to do at least some training. Over the past few…

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Holiday ideas for water sports addicts

Water sports are a bit like marmite. You either love them, or you hate them. And if you love them, they become all-consuming. Fondness for sailing turns quickly to a love of the sea. Appreciation of the tranquility of paddle boarding can quickly turn to a desire to dive in, and a lifetime yearning for wild swimming develops. Before you know it, you’re researching water sports holidays and buying kit to see you through the next season of getting out on the water. Sailing Sailing holidays are perhaps the ultimate water sports getaway. With a yacht charter you’re free to…

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The Entertainer at Malvern Theatres: Review

Since its premier in 1957, the Entertainer has become an iconic play. Now set in 1982 with a backdrop of the Falklands war, Archie Rice finds his showbiz career going down the pan. His profession is outdated. His best jokes are no longer considered funny. So where does he go from here? The brand new version of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer is showing at Malvern Theatres until Saturday, 14th September starring Shane Richie as Archie. About The Entertainer If I had to describe The Entertainer in one word, I’d choose the word ‘bleak’. Set between a theatre stage and the…

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A dog friendly family weekend at the Sunshine Festival (review)

Glorious weather during the August bank holiday weekend made sure the Sunshine Festival lived up to its name. Not only is this Worcestershire festival great for families with a packed agenda for children, but it’s dog friendly too. A varied lineup included everything from popular bands like Scouting for Girls to local legends like the Worcester Ukulele Club. Sunshine festival: the music The sunshine festival lineup tends to be bands that most of us remember dancing to a good few years ago. My favourite this year was Scouting for Girls. Other acts on the main stage included 10CC, Showaddywaddy, Boyzlife…

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Book recommendations for primary school children September 2019

This month, the girls and I are continuing on our search for engaging books for primary school children. A summer of bedtime stories has finally got us through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Without pausing for breath we’ve moved straight on to The Goblet of Fire. Aside from that, we’ve been looking for books they enjoy reading themselves to keep up their reading ability during the holidays. Plus, audio books have helped us out on long car journeys. We’ve found some really gorgeous, engaging books this month that I’m happy to recommend. As always, please do let me…

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