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I know what I did this summer

The first full summer we had as a young family in the countryside was difficult.  My youngest hadn’t yet started nursery, my eldest had been going three days a week. Our old nursery operated all year round, but this one was attached the primary school he would be starting in September and therefore closed over the summer holidays. And they have long summer holidays. I didn’t know the area well, I didn’t know many people, my husband had a work training course and was away a lot, the house and garden felt overwhelming. I remember feeling so relieved when school and nursery started. I was …

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An afternoon making bread

There is a Swiss proverb which is particularly apt to this post; ‘Avoid those who don’t like bread and children.’ We recently had both in abundance in a classroom above one of my favourite Cotswold bakeries. As a little pre-back to school get together a friend had organised a cookery lesson at Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury for 10 children.

With our hands washed and aprons on, we perched on stools around the table. The flour hit the table top with a soft flumff and in swift …

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A feast with friends

July is all about the birthdays in our household, and this year there was a biggie. We planned to be in Cornwall for the birthday celebrations – we love it so much and is such a special place to my husband and his friends. Plus, for once, the weather was on our side for the clearest and warmest of July nights. Utterly magical.

We decided not to do the big bash thing, but invited 8 good friends to join us for dinner with a difference. Whilst both my husband and I enjoy cooking we wanted a night off to enjoy the company of those who …

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Exploring Rome

I just wanted to share with you a few snippets from our half term holiday exploring Rome. This was the first ‘proper’ city break with the children and whilst I knew we’d have a good time, their idea of a holiday is somewhere hot preferably with a beach or pool. Well, this was somewhere hot, with lots of walking and pools they weren’t allowed to jump in. We had two full days and Rome didn’t disappoint.

We stayed in a hotel just around the …

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Time to get lost

One of my favourite books as a child was The Secret Garden; the story of a hidden garden abandoned and unloved, like the children in the story, all of whom are transformed through the power of kindness and caring for others, as they bring the  garden back to life.  The book is captivating and magical, rejuvenating and ultimately uplifting. But, there is a real life secret garden that was similarly left to languish and crumble but which was rediscovered in the 1990s and has since been restored to its former glory; The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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