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#IAmsterdam

We have just got back from Amsterdam. Not the whole family, just Steve and I. We were away for the whole weekend. Child-free! I know, I know. How lucky was that?

Actually lucky isn’t the word as this trip has been planned for about two months. The children would have a fun weekend with the grandparents whilst I would fly out, meet Steve at the end of his work meeting and then we would revel in our child-free state, frequent a ‘Cafe’ and revisit our mis-spent youth. Or something like that.

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dahlday

Happy Birthday Mr Dahl! Wherever you are I imagine that you are currently having a mug of tea, a KitKat and a huge hearty chuckle at every adult that has spent the past 24 hours getting costumes of your fabulous creations together. The celebration of what would have been your 100th birthday epitomises many of your stories; children getting one over on adults.  Congratulations you have definitely had the last laugh!

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Blocks-2

Whether you want to learn something, empathise with someone or just lose yourself in a novel, A Boy Made of Blocks might just be the next book you should read.

A Tale of Two Halves and Back to School

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… we had everything before us, we had nothing before us”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

School holidays are rather like football matches: a game of two halves that is, not full of sweaty over-paid man boys. One half is invariably packed full of action with excitement at every turn, whilst the other is full of dull, but strategically vital, defensive work. Sometimes though, just sometimes it all comes together in a game that is thrilling from beginning to end with a team that works together to produce magic.

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Watch it!

As I write this the rain is teeming down. I can see it drumming on the decking, dancing between the grooves and keeping up with the steady tempo of the dish washer whirring in the kitchen behind me. While I watch the rain fall I am smiling.

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Have never experienced chair envy before but these blue beauties really trumped ours – it wasn’t just the chairs that were green!

Scars, Pioneering Hospitals and Landmark Birthdays

This month it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday. Sorry? What was that? How old am I? Well? Umm. Ssssssshhhhhhh. I am now forty! Yep. Seriously.

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pinklemonade

T made fabulous muffins and pink lemonade, then couldn’t resist sneaking one whilst I took the photo!  Naughty little minx.

Football and Family Trees

J played football with Ronaldo and Messi last week. I know, quite amazing that two of the best footballers in the world were training, together, in deepest Somerset just before the start of the new season. What’s that? You don’t believe me? Oh. OK. I admit it, maybe the footballing legends weren’t actually there in person. Yes, alright, it was just a couple of kids (half the group) wearing replica shirts, but it did amuse me. It also got me thinking.

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