Month: February 2017

Netflix and pancakes

Two boys stirring a jug of pancake mixture.

Something we have started doing now the boys have slightly longer attention spans is having family film afternoons on Saturdays. A key ingredient of these is a snack of some sort. Ordinarily, we have cake or biscuits but this weekend was different. The team at Netflix sent us everything we needed to enjoy some pancakes. Very …

Why I want to visit Barcelona

A view of Barcelona by night.

Barcelona is one of many destinations that has been on my ‘to visit’ list for way too long. I’ve been to several of Europe’s most popular cities but, somehow or other, it has eluded me. Since having children, holidays have been rare treats. We’ve only been on one in six years, in fact. I’m hoping to …

Win a Spreadshirt T-shirt

A woman wearing a T-shirt from the Spreadshirt range.

There’s nothing quite like a T-shirt when it comes to expressing yourself. I can’t be alone in owning a disproportionate number compared to other clothes. On the last count, I had two drawers crammed full of them as well as a large pile in the airing cupboard. While all garments give people clues as to …

Mud kitchens: why?

Soldiers in army training. Or they could be in a school mud kitchen.

Education has changed greatly since I was at school. The curriculum is much more structured and my sons know a hell of a lot more than I did at both their ages. It’s not all progress though. There is something that has become ‘a thing’ in recent years that’s driving me round the bend. Mud kitchens. They …