How we set up our coronavirus lockdown home-learning space

I’ve been meaning to write this post about the home learning space we created for the kids (the twins are 10 years old, and are in Year 5) for the last six weeks! When the government announced that schools needed to close, I was completely overwhelmed with panic and anxiety about the Covid-19 situation and the impact it was about to have on our daily life. I often find that focusing on something practical is a good way for me to cope in times of stress, and so I channeled all my energy into rejigging our interior set up to…

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Which tribe will we be joining for Just So Festival’s 10th birthday extravaganza?

This weekend is Just So Festival‘s 10th birthday and the Wild Rumpus event team are no doubt going to pull out all the stops to make this year’s festival the best ever. We first went in 2013 when the twins were three, and have since been every year but last year, so the twins have grown up with the festival as a marker in our year. The Tribal Tournament is always the main event for us, and we love choosing our tribe and getting our costumes prepped every year. You pick a tribe: Lions, Stags, Frogs, Fish, Owls, Bees, Foxes,…

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A weekend in the forest at Timber Festival 2019

The second year of Timber Festival definitely didn’t disappoint. Despite a bit of drizzle on Saturday morning, the weather stayed largely fine, and it was actually a relief not to have the meltingly hot temperatures of the previous year.  We arrived late on the Friday, but as soon as we got onto the beautiful festival site amongst the trees of the National Forest, we slowed down and started channelling Timber’s relaxed pace. That’s the best thing about this festival – it’s small enough not to feel crowded and allow you a feeling of space. That means there’s never any difficulty…

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Join us next week at Timber Festival 2019

This time next week we’ll be waking up for our last day of fun at Timber Festival – the festival that celebrates the forest and trees, and won the Best New Festival award at the UK Festival Awards 2018 after its launch last year. We had an awesome time at last year’s festival, and have been super-excited about returning for Timber’s second year. The programme was packed last year, and we know this year there’ll be even more on offer. Tickets are still on sale at timberfestival.co.uk, from day tickets (Friday adult tickets £20, Saturday and Sunday adult tickets £35) to…

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Will a half-painted stairway wall beat dirty hand marks and scuffs for good?

Within a day of repainting our stairway wall white a while back, I could already see new grimy hand marks and scuffs. Instead of obsessing over them I just took a deep breath and put it down to normal house wear. It’s inevitably got dirtier and dirtier, until the other day I had to accept that I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Inspired by a recent shoot we put together at work, I rejected the idea of yet another white re-coat (actually a really full-on job as the stairway is so tall), and decided to take a different approach, which…

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