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Heart of the Lakes: Heart Shaped Travel Experiment

Coniston from East Shore Road in Autumn

Heart of the Lakes: An Experiment in Heart Shaped Travel How do you like to journey? Are you a planner? A dreamer? A dictator? Have you ever given creative control of your trip to someone or someTHING else? We recently put a cycle tour in the hands of an app and set out on a mission […]

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10 Ideas for Days Out with English Heritage

English Heritage Days Out

10 Ideas for Days Out with English Heritage Tired of dragging vacant kids around museums that only speak of the past? Want to engage them in the story and drama behind their heritage? English Heritage properties might be about history but many of them reach out to the modern family. In this post, brought to […]

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Tips on Planning a Visit to Rio Carnival by Santa Rosa OLD SKOOL

Tips on Planning a Visit to Rio Carnival The World Cup may be over but Brazil is still a hot destination. And it gets even hotter as Rio starts preparing for Carnival. This long standing party in Brazil’s second city is one of the biggest and most vibrant spectacles on the planet. But how do […]

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Because: a parent’s poem about childhood

Because a video poem about childhood

Because: a parent’s poem about childhood How many reluctant poets write their own versions of Roses are Red, Violets are Blue around Valentines day to celebrate love and impress someone special? I don’t normally go in for that kind of thing. But recently I became choked up while giving a talk to the female version […]

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A Fairy & a Bauble: Video Christmas Tree Poem

A Video Christmas Tree Poem Putting up the Christmas tree is one of those annual rituals. I don’t know about you, but in our house the ritual is always changing. When Stuart and I were first married it was about togetherness and sealing the deal of our first Christmas in our London home. When the […]

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Night at the Museum Sleepover at Blackwell

Looking down into the main hall at Blackwell

Night at the Museum Sleepover at Blackwell Ever spent the night at a museum? One of the goals of our family sleepover season was to camp out at a historic site. The opportunity presented itself when Lake District Arts and Crafts house Blackwell opened its doors at night for the first time. And we became […]

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InstaCadaques: The Modern Postcard?

Insta Cadaques Instagrammers

InstaCadaques: The Modern Postcard On our recent trip to Costa Brava Matthew and I took part in an Instagram competition to capture and post the best photograph of the coastal village of Cadaques. All the photos here are those we posted on our  Instagram stream that day. At the time it struck me as the […]

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Bled Days: A Fairytale Festival

Bled Castle at Sunset

Bled Days: -a fairytale ending to a summer celebration You can’t go to Slovenia and not do Bled. Really. It has a fairytale castle and a picture book lake. It has a summer festival that lights up the horizon. It has the best cream cake in all the land. And a unique eggshell recycling policy… […]

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Sani Festival Adventure Idea: Culture, Fun & Sun

Image by Horia Varlan

Adventure Idea: Sani Festival Cultural Fun in the Sun Looking for a music festival this summer that’s suitable for a family? With The Stones gadding about Glastonbury now just a fond memory, and Elton recently swapping tantrums and tiaras for tortured tonsils, maybe you should perhaps look further than the UK for your festival fix. […]

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Llandudno & Conwy Social Media SatNav Challenge

Llandudno Pier reflected in Sweety Cabin

What to do in LLandudno & Conwy in 48 hours? In the midst of chaos in the lead up to our summer expedition to the Balkans, we head off to the North Wales coast for a family weekend in Llandudno and Conwy. I know what you’re thinking. It’s not like we need a holiday. And […]

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