Our Mother & Daughter trip to Dublin – in 5 Funny Facts

This last bank holiday weekend, I took my daughter to Dalkey, a Georgian gem of a place just south of Dublin city, on the shores of Dublin Bay.
We stayed with my godparents in their stunning Georgian terraced house that overlooks the bay, and which they are about to move out of after 40 years.
This is the place where my family spent our summer holidays most years, my father being from Dublin and wanting to come ‘home’ whenever he could.  It is a place that holds a very special place in my heart and so this trip was a kind of ‘fond farewell’.  It deserves a separate blog post when I get a moment after half term, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you some Funny & Fascinating facts about our time there this weekend:

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Glamping it up in Dorset with Featherdown Farms

The TentThis Easter we finally got to do something I’ve always wanted to do: go ‘glamping’ with Featherdown Farms on a farm in deepest ruralist England.

You see, I love the outdoors. My whole family do. But I’m a terrible camper as I need my peace and quiet at night and something soft for my bones to lie down on. I don’t sleep a wink if I’m sleeping in a tent next to someone snoring or playing their ukulele, and get woken at 4am by the dawn chorus.  And if there isn’t a loo or tap within a few metres, constantly taking my kids to the loo or making trips to fill up on water doesn’t constitute a holiday for me. So my long-suffering husband has sworn never to go camping with me.

But then a few years back a friend told me about Featherdown Farms where B.  It was love at first sight. Continue reading

‘Well done, Mum!’ An end of Summer Holidays poem

Today is the not insignificant day that my kids return to school after the end of a wonderful summer break.  Each year, it brings out mixed emotions in me.  On the one hand, a quiet delight that I get a break from being 24/7 carer who is asked a question every few minutes, yet on the other a large sense of sadness that the much needed, long stretch of no-agenda, chilled out, ‘kairos time’ with my two children has come to an end.

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Special Ordinary Half Term

CrocusAnd so, all too soon, half term is over.  Somewhat reluctantly, my two are returning to school but propelled by the joy of telling their friends about the highlight of their week, that trip to Harry Potter Studios.

It was a week of that was special because we didn’t actually do anything much or fancy.  It was a week of special ordinariness.  Sometimes, I think that’s the way kids like it best. Continue reading

Things I Discovered – October

Things I Discovered BadgeHello my lovelies, and welcome to my third ‘Things I Discovered’ post.

For those of you who are new to this, this is where we get to share with each other our favourite finds –  things we’ve discovered that make life more tasty, fun, easy, enriching, or even challenging (as you’ll see this month I had one of those!). I start by sharing mine, and then you share yours either by linking up your post, or replying in a comment if you don’t have a blog.

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