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Life as Mum of a Boy

The first three months as a new mum were horrific. My friend’s husband told me that after 12 weeks it gets better and boy, did I hang on to that promise! I struggled with feeding (breast and bottle) and a lack of uninterrupted sleep. Twenty months later, I’ve accepted...

A Day With the Elephants

When we first started planning our trip to India, I asked the family for ideas of what they’d like to do. Top of the list for our daughters was a day with elephants. Today their dream finally came true! We visited a sanctuary that cares for around 130 elephants. In...

Our Indian Holiday of a Lifetime! Land of the Maharajahs

Jaipur is situated around 150 miles west of Agra in the state of Rajasthan. This area was once ruled by a Hindu royal family of Maharajahs (maha means great and rajah means king). The British persuaded the Maharajahs to give up their right to rule in favour of...

Todwick & Kiveton Pony Rescue

In April 2016 I was walking over the meadows at Todwick and found three abandoned ponies. There was no water, food or stables, just a dried-up stream, so I went back daily with a bucket of water, some carrots and apples. After doing some research, I started to buy...

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival 2018

Possibly the largest organised canal walking event in the country will be taking place during September 2018. Taking in three counties and 46 miles of tow paths over nine days, the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival is being billed as the biggest canal walking event...

Our Indian Holiday of a Lifetime! The Taj Mahal

Our visit to the Taj Mahal started early. We headed out at 5.15am in order to view the Taj at sunrise. Even at this time of day, when it is still dark, the streets of India are not empty. We spotted joggers, walkers, unaccompanied young children and many stray dogs....

Our Indian Holiday of a Lifetime! New Delhi

My overriding memory of India is of noise, colour and movement. It is never still! There are literally thousands of people crowding the streets of Delhi, and I couldn’t help wondering what they were all doing and where they were all going! On our first day we...

The London to Brighton Run

In these days of motorway mayhem and congestion charges it’s difficult to imagine a time when owning a car was considered daring, a little eccentric and beyond the wildest dreams of most British people. When Jean-Joseph Etienne Lenoir patented the internal combustion...

Tequila!

Tequila was North America’s first distilled drink and the first to be produced commercially. Like Mexico itself it is surrounded by myth… Tequila is made from cactus juice No, it’s made only from the blue Agave plant which is related to the Amaryllis and the Lily. It...

Stir Up Sunday

Stir Up Sunday is on 26th November The tradition dates back to Victorian times, when the family would gather together to stir the Christmas pudding the Sunday before advent began. The opening words of the Book Of Common Prayer, read on the Sunday before Advent, are...

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