My faith in humanity has been restored.

My faith in humanity has been restored.

Everything’s been feeling a bit doom and gloom recently.  I think a lot of people will be happy to see an end to 2018 for a variety of different reasons. However this past weekend my daughter received two random acts of kindness in the same day.  My faith in humanity has been restored. Choo Choo Choose your seats We had a day at Edinburgh Christmas Market arranged and it was to be the first time my five year old daughter…

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BREXIT – Two years later and I’m as confused as ever

BREXIT – Two years later and I’m as confused as ever

I like to think that I’m fairly switched on. Like being able to process the things that go on in the world and understand them, to a degree. But I’ve never truly understood Brexit. Here we are, during one of the most important weeks of the whole process, and I’m struggling with it. So here’s my musings on the subject in the hope that by writing my thoughts down I can try and figure it all out…… Is that a…

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26 Hours in the Lake District.

26 Hours in the Lake District.

I think we’re very lucky living in the North East. We have the beautiful Northumberland Coast, we’re a short trip from the borders and the Lake District is only a couple of hours drive west. This weekend my wife and I had the opportunity to go and spend a childfree night in the Lake District. This was thanks to a voucher for a free nights stay following a horrendous trip last year where the B&B we stayed at was overrun…

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After school clubs and other activities. Yes or No?

After school clubs and other activities. Yes or No?

Are you a fan of after school clubs or any other extra-curricular type activity? Based on my experience so far with my five year old daughter, I’d say I was a fan. I’ve always striven to bring new experiences to my daughter. To give her the opportunity to hopefully find something she could call a hobby. I’m by no means what some people would describe as a “pushy parent”. But I do want to give my daughter every opportunity to…

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The highs and lows of September 2018.

The highs and lows of September 2018.

I’ve been having a bit of reflecting time recently and noticed that September was a bit of a strange month for me.  I’ve experienced some good things and some not so good things.  What better way to deal with this than in a blog post! THE HIGHS I like to think of myself as a fairly positive person so let’s first concentrate on what’s been good about September…. Just a really nice weekend The month started off great with the…

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KaffeeHaus Amadeus – anyone for coffee?

KaffeeHaus Amadeus – anyone for coffee?

I’m quite partial to a tea room / café visit.  It’s one of the things I’d imagine myself doing a lot if I were ever to be lucky enough to enjoy an early retirement. Today my wife and I had a day off together.  After dropping our daughter off at school we searched for a good place to go and have brunch, which is my favourite meal time. Kaffeehaus Amadeus came up on a google search and wasn’t too far a…

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So long Reception. Hello Year One!

So long Reception. Hello Year One!

Today my Daughter started year one.  Meaning she’s been at her primary school a whole year. That’s crazy! She’s no longer a newbie. She’s mixing with the big kids in the school yard. She no longer has her own little self enclosed part of the school where kids and parents alike could mix in a nice comfy reception sized bubble. All day I’ve been finding myself both reflecting and looking forward to seeing what this new school year brings. Reception…

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Swimming Lesson Stress

Swimming Lesson Stress

It’s Monday 20th August and tonight was my Daughters first stage 4 swimming lesson. Previously she’d been progressing well on her traditional Saturday morning stage 3 lesson. We were a little surprised, and of course delighted, when we were told she was ready to move up a stage.   She’d only been in stage 3 a couple of months. The snap decisions that followed have been a source of great stress to me.   Choosing a time slot. iBears stage…

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Today at Jelly Nursery – Show and Tell

Today at Jelly Nursery – Show and Tell

I introduced Jelly nursery in a post last year and it’s still going strong. Whilst we don’t play it as often as we used to, it’s still a favourite with iBear and it’s also still giving me little insights into her school life.  We have some new children in the class this year, all of them appearing around Christmas time….So in addition to the 7 kids already in attendance we now have Annabel, Rob and Robson.  Say hello kids! During…

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My life began when you were born

My life began when you were born

I became a parent for the first time just over five years ago and my life changed overnight. I became the one thing I’d wanted to be for as long as I can remember. A Dad. But, I also changed as a person too. My life began on that day. It happened a lot later than I originally thought. Becoming a Dad at 37 was 7 years ahead of the plan I had in my head growing up. But then life…

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