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Not looking for a New England – Galloway trip May 2016

Not looking for a New England – Galloway trip May 2016

Sometimes you just strike it lucky. Whilst the rain tipped down in southern England, our caravan break in New England Bay on the Mull of Galloway was quite literally cloudless for four days. Sun cream, shorts, BBQs and sea swimming. We can’t believe our luck.

Stick to La Plagne – our 2016 family holiday

Stick to La Plagne – our 2016 family holiday

We were due a good ‘with cousins’ holiday… and this was a corker. Phil, Anne & family had had their arms twisted that a ski holiday could be affordable and achievable if we drove, and I told them we could.  Katie and I had driven to the Alps before (in 2012-13 New Year) and we knew is was kind of no big deal. So we booked a chalet and off we went for February half term.

Changing of the Haygarth ‘cross guard? Elsie’s breakthrough.

Changing of the Haygarth ‘cross guard? Elsie’s breakthrough.

In years gone by there’s been many a post about my exploits and passion in the world of cyclocross. So much so that I’ve shied away from any updates here for most races. It can be taken as read that I love that sport with a passion and enthusiasm and that’s that. 

Teen in the house! Lily’s birthday

Teen in the house! Lily’s birthday

The teens are here. Very weird how it all passes so fast – it never ceases to be weird. Lily… the little baby who slept for hours on end in a pram, got carted up mountains and on countless runs in a 3 wheeler jogger is now a huge giraffe-like girl who does the jogging herself.

France Holiday 2015

France Holiday 2015

Since we got the caravan early last year we’ve been building up mentally to the big one. It’s very special for me to do a road trip like this with the children in the caravan because it bears an amazingly close resemblance to my own memories of the same in the mid 1970s. My dad would take us all down there over two days’ driving (on what was, presumably, less fast but less busy r ...[Read More]

Whitby Whitsun

Whitby Whitsun

Another half term, another ace caravan trip. Really chuffed with the relative simplicity of nipping off places with a family of four and a dog. Miles easier than camping, miles more practical, and none of the hemmed-in thing you get with a hotel or B&B.

Sprooooiiiiing! Elsie’s 7th birthday

Sprooooiiiiing! Elsie’s 7th birthday

We had a relatively quiet one for Elsie’s 7th.  A friend Lucy and one of Lily’s friends came over and we went to the Jump Nation trampoline place in Manchester.  An hour was easily enough. Red-faced, whacked out and happy, the girls all came back and we had a mini party lunch at home. Sally, Simon and the boys came over in the afternoon along with Grandma and Alice and another treat te ...[Read More]

Beach spring continues – Anglesey family holiday

Beach spring continues – Anglesey family holiday

Week three and a third beach.

Beach riding – week 2 of 2 – not a bike in sight.

Beach riding – week 2 of 2 – not a bike in sight.

Last week it was South Wales. Hard packed sand, sun out, fun riding, great memorable time.

Lily’s final day at Primary School

Lily’s final day at Primary School

A family milestone reached in seemingly no time. In September 2007 the little girl (pictured right) started at Broadway Primary School.  Just about to turn five, Lily was definitely ready to start school, but it still seemed soon, and she seemed so little.

Was it a dream? Did the Tour de France come to Yorkshire?

Cote de Buttertubs

I’m writing this very early on a Monday morning after what I have to assume was just a fantasy – a dream lived out in immense detail. I woke up ealy feeling still adreniline-pumped from a dream so intense that it felt like it had actually happened to me.

Family Fun meets Setback Saturday

Family Fun meets Setback Saturday

We’d been planning a lovely family get together for a few months now – taking advantage of a trip north by my southerly-settled cousin Adrian and wife Dee, coinciding with both their 50th birthdays. Heading up there today to catch up with our joint expended families meant 17 of us in one place at the same time – a source of great mutual excitement. Indeed it was – great to ...[Read More]

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