Tips and Itinerary for a Campervan Trip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France – Part Two

Last week I shared the first half of our October roadtrip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France in our campervan (you can find it right here if you missed it). This week, I’ll pick up the second half of our adventure which saw us visiting Disneyland and Paris with a short stopover in the Lake District on our way…

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Tips and Itinerary for a Campervan Trip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France – Part One

In the October holidays, we took our first trip outside the UK in our beloved VW campervan. It was something we had been planning for a while – a road trip from our home in the far north, through Scotland, England, and over the channel to France. We wanted to see Paris, Disneyland, and also make a visit to Belgium,…

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Holidays, A Birthday, Gary Barlow and Bohemian Rhapsody – Little Loves

Ah, little loves, where would I be without you? These happy posts are a lovely way to feel grateful for another month that’s passed. And what a month October was – between school holidays, Halloween, my birthday and a 2000-mile road trip I’m feeling exhausted (in a good way 🙂 ) . I’m planning a big post…

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Reading Lately – October 2018

October has been a fantastic month for me on the reading front. The combination of school holidays and long evenings spent in the campervan during our half term road trip meant I was literally ploughing through the books. People keep asking me how I manage to read so much but in honesty months like these…

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Blogging, Life and Social Media: Showing Up or Showing Off?

Recently, I listened to a podcast conversation on the subject of sharing photos on social media, and whether the habit of uploading life to the internet actually constitutes ‘showing off’ under a thinly veiled disguise. Conversations like these always make me think about what I’m doing with my blog, my social media and life generally.…

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Islander, A Shopping Trip, Parkrun and Autumn Everything – September’s Little Loves

It seems like forever since I shared my last little loves update on here. September was such a busy month, with lots of Autumnal adventure, and also plenty going on at home. I’ve been beavering away on the second draft of my novel and trying to stick to my weekday target of 500 words daily. Over…

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Reading Lately – September 2018

Can you believe it’s time for another reading round up already? I’m sharing a little early again this month as the last few days before the calendar turns are always a busy time. I’ve just started Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard but I know I’m not going to get it finished before the month ends.…

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Twelve of the Best Autumn Activities for Families

Anne of Green Gables once said: I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. I’m with you, Anne, I am. Autumn has to be one of my favourite of all the seasons (I know, I always say that – I’m fickle). But crunchy leaves, abundant colour, the seasonal harvest – what’s not to…

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The Fear Unspoken

Last week, I happened to read something online about the death of broadcaster Rachael Bland, who died at the age of 40 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. But I’ll be truthful – I hadn’t actually heard of the Radio Five Live presenter until I read about her death. Why her particular story stuck out to me…

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Second Drafts, Motivation and the Pomodoro Technique (Or How to Get Your Writing Mojo Back)

Recently I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of writing and to be honest I’ve been struggling. After finishing the last school year on a high after completing the first draft of my novel, I’ve returned to the new year feeling, frankly, a bit flat. The origin of this dip in motivation is…

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