Bluey the Movie

Two weeks ago today I had my rather surreal naturalisation ceremony, making me now a British citizen. I’ve lost no time in sending off my UK passport application because one of the big perks of citizenship we’ve been looking forward to has been more freedom to travel. We have a couple of trips planned in the near future and for one of them we may be flying with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. So, I was intrigued to see that KLM has launched a super cute series of short films to entertain their younger passengers. KLM mascot Bluey is a friendly,…

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Camping on a goat farm – Wookey Farm, Somerset

A year ago, Laurence and Talitha did an early Spring camping trip to Wookey Farm in Somerset – their first camping trip. Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t keen to take along two-month-old Ophelia so we stayed behind, an hour away in Bristol. We did join them a couple of months later, camping near Penzance, mind. Anyway, I was so envious looking at photographs of the amazing time they had, that we decided we’d go the next Spring. So, this weekend we did just that. Talitha suggested we invite friends to come along. Camping with another family was such fun. Wookey Farm is…

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How to involve a preschooler in travel planning

Family holidays have changed so much since we made our first trek over to Cornwall when Talitha was three months old. For one thing, we somehow manage to take less stuff as a family of four than we did back then as a family of three. But when we got ready for our most recent trip, Talitha’s desire and ability to be involved is what really stood out for me. Aged almost four, we really want to foster her independence and give her opportunities to develop responsibility. Planning for a trip is a perfect scenario to practise the life skills…

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Mexican sausage and bean chilli

I’ve mentioned before that Talitha can be rather, um, selective in her eating. I’m not sure that really conveys the level of frustration I feel about a lot of our meals but I’ve had to let it go. Bit by bit, she is branching out on her own. She recently decided to add sausages and, off and on, beans to the list of things she will eat so I’ve been keen to try recipes that incorporate these. Thinking about it, I hadn’t made Mexican sausage and bean chilli in yonks so I thought I’d give that a go. At first,…

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Speed Dating Neanderthals – At Bristol After Hours

“Oh, I love Mammoth. I killed one just earlier today,” said my sister-in-law to the Neanderthal pair. “This one – she will make a good wife for you,” said the female Neanderthal to the male. I sat on the floor with them, without a witty prehistoric comment to make. Full of cold, admittedly low on facts and theories and a bit heady from the glass of wine I’d just had, I was more than a little taken off guard by my SIL’s enthusiasm for this game. We were “Speed Dating Neanderthals” at the After Hours event at At Bristol Science…

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Our “someday” Spanish holiday bucket list

Up until now, I haven’t been able to think that much about travel around Europe. Needing to apply for a visa to go anywhere has been rather effective at keeping my wanderlust at bay. But now that I’m applying for UK citizenship, well, it feels like the world has opened right up. We’re starting to daydream together about where we might go and what we might do. I think Spain would be such a great place to visit as a family, especially Sevilla. I keep hearing how child-inclusive everything is over there. It’s not odd to take your kids into…

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Park Resorts, Carmarthen Bay

A couple of weekends ago, we were invited to review a Park Resorts holiday site. We chose Carmarthen Bay in Wales because it’s only a two-hour drive from where we live in Bristol. We drove there on the Friday night with a quick stop at the big Morrisons in Llanelli because, despite Park Resorts reminding us a million times that we needed to bring towels, we still somehow forgot. When we got there, we were truly impressed with the caravan. It was massive; certainly big enough for six people as it claimed. My brother and my sister-in-law joined us for…

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