Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake

The second in my series of things to do with a plum glut is this fabulous Plum, Blackberry and Hazelnut Loaf Cake, which I have adapted from The Hairy Bikers’ Plum, Raspberry and Pistachio cake. To say it’s delicious is an … Continue reading

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Plum Glut!

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We are lucky enough to have a PLUM TREE in our garden. As it was here when we bought the house, I’m not totally sure what type it is, but I think it’s a Victoria. Whichever it is,  for the past couple … Continue reading

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New Term Lunch Ideas – help!

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What a lovely SUMMER we have had. For the most part, my boys have been very good – naturally there have been days where I could happily have given them away to the highest bidder, but I think that is only … Continue reading

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What’s in my Happy Box?

It can be very easy to become preoccupied with the stresses and strains of everyday life, and take the good stuff for granted, even to the point of ignoring the all the fabulous reasons to be happy in favour of coping … Continue reading

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A Day Trip to Venice (with children!)

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One of the places I was desperate to visit during our week in Italy was, of course, Venice. The City of Love, made up of over 100 small islands, separated by canals, and linked by bridges, is known the world … Continue reading

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Italy with Children – Camping Ca’Savio

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The last week of May was half term for us, and after months in the planning, we picked the children up from school on Friday, jumped in the car and hotfooted it to the airport to catch an early morning flight to … Continue reading

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Animal Welfare during British Sandwich Week

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It’s British Sandwich Week this week, and during our Sunday morning ritual of all my family (me, Mr and our boys, along with my brother, my sister in law, Amanda, and their children) congregating at my parents house for bacon … Continue reading

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A Day and a Night in Leeds

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Last weekend, we were lucky enough to talk my folks into babysitting while Mr and I went on a Yorkshire adventure, spending an afternoon shopping in Leeds before hitting a nice restaurant for dinner, and topping it off with an … Continue reading

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My Motivation (When The Going Gets Tough)

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As a mum it’s all too easy to get worn down by the humdrum, the day to day running of the house, the never ending chores, the day job and the the occasional minute of me-time (which invariably turns into … Continue reading

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A History of Carlisle

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Carlisle may be an unassuming little city positioned on the Northern edge of England, just 8 miles from the Scottish border,  with claims to fame such as the most promiscuous city in Europe (perhaps Carlisle men just aren’t that good … Continue reading

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