Happy New Year!
Dec31

Happy New Year!

Well, we made it through an utterly brilliant 2014, and tonight we’ll welcome in 2015. We have high expectations for the coming year – 2014 was so good, 2015 has a lot to live up to. New Years celebrations change over time, don’t they? We had family parties as I grew up. In my teens we had some slightly wilder parties and pubs and clubs to go to. After we were married there was the spell that we both worked in a...

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Netflix Stream Team – Staying In. It’s everything it’s cracked up to be.
Nov30

Netflix Stream Team – Staying In. It’s everything it’s cracked up to be.

As the nights draw in and the weather turns cold, we all naturally begin to hunker down and get that hibernation feeling. Staying in – it’s just not dull any more. Babysitters are expensive, a night out on top even more so. And staying in needn’t be dull! We have regular date nights, and rarely go further than the sofa. Close the curtains, put the youngest to bed and banish all older children up stairs; cook a nice...

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Netflix Stream Team – Musicals For A Wet Summer Holiday
Aug24

Netflix Stream Team – Musicals For A Wet Summer Holiday

Looking out the window it’s hard to believe it’s the ‘summer’ holidays, isn’t it? Facing a very wet bank holiday, our plans are feeling a  lot more autumnal than i had originally expected – instead of a picnic and some stargazing, we’ll be curling up in front of a film or two with some TV snacks and a couple of rugs. Time to continue the children’s education into some old musical family...

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Netflix Stream Team – School’s Out!
Aug04

Netflix Stream Team – School’s Out!

So we’re ankle deep in the holidays, and the weather’s been amazingly kind to us so far, hasn’t it? Here in Dorset we’ve had pretty much wall-to-wall loveliness. There is the temptation as a parent to endlessly fill the days with Doing Things. Keeping them busy, keeping them active and outside and doing ‘real’ things in the open air. But actually, there’s value in everything. And I see a...

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Netflix Stream Team – what do you watch when you have the screen to yourself?
Jun24

Netflix Stream Team – what do you watch when you have the screen to yourself?

It’s a rare thing these days, having the screen to myself. As the children grow through their teens they’re obviously up later in the evening, they start to want to watch what we’re watching, and though the number of people living here hasn’t changed for 7 years, it feels like the house is just fuller of people as they get older. So screen time Just For Me is a rare and precious thing. If I do find myself with...

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Easter Holidays – Family Movie Nights!
Apr17

Easter Holidays – Family Movie Nights!

As we approach the Easter weekend, we’re not planning any Grand Days Out. Oh no – we try and steer clear of those on Bank Holidays – we’re not so good at roiling crowds of people. No we’re far more likely to be found pottering at home while everyone else is out playing; we’ll take advantage of having the place to ourselves once they’re back at school. So Easter for us is usually about family...

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