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Apple-picking (2010)

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments · education, food, health, laughter, lucy, oliver, photo, video

Last year’s apple-picking trip to my Dad’s house was much earlier than this year’s. I was wondering whether our 6 week delay would mean that the birds would have plundered them all by now, but no, there was a good crop left to be had. Both kids helped with the harvest: Oliver shaking branches and […]

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Daddy used to be a veggie

November 12th, 2010 · 6 Comments · food, health, lucy, oliver, politics

This is going to be a long post, but as it has taken me nearly 3 decades to come to the point where it has to be written, I’m hoping you’ll bear with me. I stopped eating meat just before Christmas 1982. I recall it clearly, not least through the memory of my Mum’s dismayed […]

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Lullaby

November 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment · bedtime, lucy, music, oliver, video

Back in 2005 I wrote a lullaby. A mere 5 years (and probably 2500+ performances) later, I get round to recording it – very roughly – along with some introductory nattering. Apologies: I am speaking quietly because Lucy is asleep in the next room (and occasionally stirring). The annoying beeping is introduced onto the audio […]

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One Percy Penguin! There’s only one Percy Penguin!

November 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · boys, oliver, school, toys

When Oliver started school we soon heard about a new and important character: Percy the Penguin. Percy is a soft toy given to a boy or girl from his class each evening if they have been very good. Within days we were hearing about just how very much he wanted to be chosen to have […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Love is… cuddling your big brother

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · lucy, oliver, photo, wordless wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Love is… (one cake, two spoons)

October 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · food, lucy, oliver, photo

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A little monkey business

October 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments · boys, health, oliver, play, things to do with the kids

It seems that starting school has made leisure time feel as precious to Oliver as it does to me. Every Friday evening he asks me “what are going to do tomorrow”? And despite his frequent daytime requests to watch “just a little bit” more TV, on the rare days we do allow him to stay […]

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Reddish Vale Farm

October 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · autumn, birthday, lucy, oliver, party, play, things to do with the kids, zoo

On Sunday we had a great time attending the 5th birthday party of one of Oliver’s classmates. It was held at Reddish Vale Farm, whose parties provide more than two hours of fun for the kids, including: holding small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings feeding larger animals including cows, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, […]

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Decision

October 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · finance, lucy, oliver, politics, school, stockport

We have decided what to do about our school situation. Thanks to everyone who sent support and advice via the blog, Facebook or in person in helping us get through what was a very, very stressful week. Before I say what our decision is, let me explain something about the two schools involved in our […]

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Hold on tight to your dream

October 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · education, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, moving house, oliver, politics, school, stockport

I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother spent the previous […]

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