Signs of spring – my joys of spring

Joys of spring - Bubbablue and me

I’ve shared previously what I love about autumn and winter, but spring seems to make everything hopeful.  Instagram goes mad for it, people shake off their coats (we hope) and get thinking about summer.  So here’s my take on the joys of spring, through the season: My signs of spring Lighter evenings Spotting the first newborn lambs in the field Blossom on the trees Leaves emerging to take away the bareness The first cut of the grass Gorgeous sunsets Daffodils… Continue Reading “Signs of spring – my joys of spring”

How long does it take to learn to swim

I’ve said many times that I’ve despaired over N’s swimming. He’s been having lessons since he was 3 months old, so nearly 6 years later he should really be able to swim reasonable well by now.  But he still can’t swim on his back without a float aid, and even on his front it’s hard going. With a float belt (at the minimal level) he’s great. He’s fast with a float, his legs are strong, and he does everything he… Continue Reading “How long does it take to learn to swim”

Swimming trunks for boys – shopping nightmares

Swimming trunks for boys and shopping nightmares- Bubbablue and me

I’ve found in the past that whenever I’ve wanted to buy the next size up clothes for N, I always struggle to find the size I’m after. It’s almost like the whole of our town have gone out and bought every item of clothing in that size just before I have. Sods law. But I’ve never been as exasperated as I have the last couple of weeks trying to buy swimming trunks for boys. Of course, if N was like… Continue Reading “Swimming trunks for boys – shopping nightmares”

How to get your child to talk about their day

Grinning and ready to chat about school

I love having a chatty son. N loves to talk (I wonder where he gets that from), although he does pick his moments. Sometimes he’ll be quiet and focused, other times he’ll witter on about nothing. Sometimes I tune it out (naughty mummy) although he does usually notice and pulls me up on it. But there’s always one thing that parents want to know about and not all children are forthcoming about sharing. Their school day (or their day at… Continue Reading “How to get your child to talk about their day”

Do parents gain patience for driving after children

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I remember a friend telling me that having children makes you a lot more patient.  I’d say I’ve definitely chilled out with regards to being less strict than I expected I’d be. But I don’t think my patience has improved. Especially not with driving. I do love driving. But didn’t want to drive at 17 like so many of my friends did. I was at boarding school for 6th form and then at university, so I wouldn’t have had any… Continue Reading “Do parents gain patience for driving after children”

Should you use or lose your guilty pleasures?

Guilty pleasures - do you have to give them up - Bubbablue and me

Hands up.  I admit it.  I have guilty pleasures.  Some of which are secret guilty habits.  And truthfully, some of them I don’t feel guilty about at all. Some might call them vices, and I guess if you think of vices as being bad for you, then my food guilty habits are probably vices.  I’ve never smoked or tried recreational drugs, and I don’t drink much.  But I do like food.  And considering we tend to buy the majority of… Continue Reading “Should you use or lose your guilty pleasures?”

Why you should tell off other people’s children

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People seem to feel very strongly one way or the other about telling off other people’s children.  From what I’ve seen, it’s often from parents who’re incensed that someone has told off their child in front of them, or that they’ve wanted to tell off another child, but haven’t felt they could. Overall, it appears there’s an unwritten rule (outside of childcare or school settings) that no-one is allowed to tell off another person’s child. I don’t agree with this.… Continue Reading “Why you should tell off other people’s children”

Winter wonderland – what makes winter so special?

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The temperature’s due to drop here this evening, and being out in the countryside we do tend to see some of the colder temperatures in our region. We’re also just getting the advent calendar ready so that means we’re out of the mellow mists of autumn and into the frosty ice-scraping mornings of winter. What makes the winter season a winter wonderland… Clear blue skies and crisp frosty weather Snuggling under fluffy blankets Hot chocolate Big winter coats Wearing boots… Continue Reading “Winter wonderland – what makes winter so special?”

Do you let your children watch the news?

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N may only be 5, but he likes watching the news. Not the children’s news, Newsround. But, proper news programmes. Usually the BBC because that’s what the OH watches when he’s back in the evenings. And occasionally our local news if it’s on. The news isn’t something that’s particularly enjoyable to watch at the moment, and I’m not sure it’s really suitable for a 5 year old. With very little positive news to report, it could portray a terrible view… Continue Reading “Do you let your children watch the news?”

My Sunday Photo – bad parking

bad parking at Sainsbury's

This week’s My Sunday Photo is a bit different to my normal photos. It’s a rant. A rant in picture form.  About bad parking. A busy car park yes. All the more important to park well enabling the full use of spaces for everyone.  If you’ve a massive car like a Range Rover I might give you a bit of leeway because we all know parking spaces aren’t always big enough for the larger cars we have today.  But when… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – bad parking”