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All About Us

Welcome, come read about us! We are a family of makers and fixers, and we’re sharing our stories, travels and tips with you! We blog about family fun, making memories from travel and days out, crafts and more.

We have a holiday home in France, a farmhouse with 3 gites (find it here: and have been working really hard to make it beautiful for ourselves and our guests.  So, we’re sharing our hints and tips, and travels in France with you here.

There are always lots of jobs to be done and things to be made or improved at home too. I’m Paul, the practical one, and you’ll probably see my love for power tools making an appearance, as well as my love for skiing!

The Funny Faces at Family Makes!
The Funny Faces at Family Makes!

My wife Cal is the creative director of our family team.  She is really into ‘shabby chic’ and indulges her passion for vintage china and painted furniture at Chataigne as well as at home. It’s all done on a shoestring but I have to admit it often comes out looking pretty amazing!

Her passion for arts and crafts has rubbed off somewhat on our children, Hugo & Toby.  Although they are getting older now (10 & 9), they still enjoy making things. We’ll happily be sharing them with you. Of course, like most families, technology is taking over a little more than we’d like. For the boys that means Xbox and YouTube. You will therefore find their home-made ‘how-to’ videos and gaming reviews here also, as well as on our YouTube channel


We love travelling as a family, and as well as visiting our place in France we also love to ski when we can, and to explore the rest of the UK. Cal is the photographer, (so don’t expect to see much of her as she’s always the other side of the camera), but she’s all about making memories and will be recording them for us all to share.

Scenic view near Le Mont Dore, Massif Central, France
Scenic view near Le Mont Dore, Massif Central, France

We’re hoping you enjoy reading about our adventures, and please feel free to add comments or advice to any of our posts. We love interacting with you, it makes us feel like someone is reading!

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