I just loved the way Hugo was strolling confidently towards the castle in this photo! This castle is actually called a Donjon. It is a major part of a medieval castle and the most important monument in Niort, in the Poitou-Charentes. In part the donjon dates from the 12th century, when it was built in […]
It’s always disappointing when you arrive abroad and the weather is no better than that you left at home. However, I’m consoling myself with the fact that it was quite dull when we arrived in France last year, and it soon brightened up enough for pool time and outdoor barbecues!
If you are setting out on a long journey, whether in this country or abroad, it’s worth checking that your car is up to the journey and will get you there as safely as possible. A lot of garages will perform checks for you free of charge, obviously hoping that if anything is required you […]
OK, strictly speaking, we should be absolute experts on entertaining kids in cars on a road trip. When ours were babies, we lived in the North of Scotland and regularly made a 5-6 hour journey to visit my family. As they got older, we started driving to France on holiday from the North East of […]
Skiing in New England – A Review. An interesting alternative to Europe for families. About this time of year, just when the wind catches the trees, blows the blossom off the branches and fools me into thinking that it’s snowing, I start to reminisce about our time skiing in the mountains this year, and wonder […]
Three of the people I love most in the world were in Manchester today, for the Michael Carrick testimonial game at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s ground. My Dad has been a long-standing Man Utd fan, and my youngest son has followed in his footsteps, so for Dad’s 70th birthday and Toby’s 9th, we got tickets […]
This is where I’ve spent a lot of time the last few days in the beautiful weather. Reading, writing, thinking, and making phone calls (because it’s one of the only places I can get a signal!). Maybe I could call it my outdoor office?!
We are delighted to have Jon from The Money Shed guest posting for us this week. Jon’s site is the UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning money from home! He has so much good advice to impart, so take a look at The Money Shed, or visit Jon on his social channels. www.twitter.com/themoneyshed www.facebook.com/themoneyshed […]
This week has been a week of treats for our youngest’s birthday. Surprise visits from family members, great presents, and a trip south for a celebration with his old friends and a sleepover at his favourite Uncle’s house. All topped off with the requested smash cake! Doesn’t get much better! Lucky boy. Happy birthday Toby!
For a free, fun-filled and healthy day out, you can’t beat the beach. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a couple of days, beach fun is great for all the family. We love to head to the beach whenever possible, and we’re lucky enough to have lived very close to some lovely beaches in […]