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This is not a definitive guide to leaving your children home alone or finding the right age for a teen babysitter. Each parent’s experience of leaving their children home without an adult will be different and precise laws do not exist. However if you’re wondering whether your children are old enough to be left alone so you can go out for the evening, read on. I have two children in secondary school so my plans and experiences might just help you think it through. Babysitter Law If you try searching the Internet for the law on this, you will struggle to get a…

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#4 of the Judging a Photograph Series I read some so-called advice this week about the best photography equipment to buy for a safari holiday. I strongly disagreed with it. The “advice” said to take two telephoto lenses and to buy the longest zoom that you can afford, preferably up to 600mm. This is stuff and nonsense. Unless you’re planning on ignoring the lumping great elephant at the waterhole immediately in front of you, and perhaps you want to shoot birds instead, then you don’t need to remortgage your house and build your biceps to carry a massive telephoto. All you will end…

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Sponsored post – we were given Chalkola Chalk Pens to review but all words and opinions are my own. We’ve had some great fun this week with Chalkola pens. My teenage and tween-age children have both enjoyed these fun chalk markers mainly because I’ve let them draw on the windows! Chalkola pens easily wipe off glass and are ideal pens to decorate windows and mirrors or even the fridge. Of course they’re good on chalkboards too and I tested them on the kitchen cupboards with good results. They’re a versatile alternative to a dry erase marker. I’m pleased these pens seem to get…

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When you are really delighted with one of your photos, you want other people to love it too. If you submit your amazing shot for critique or judging or enter it in a competition, you quickly find people will take sides. One or two will adore it, most will appreciate it, and a few will gloss over it. Rarely, someone pans it. Sometimes even a bland response is very hard to take. In camera club, despite the gentleness of most judges, there are shocks and upsets. It takes a while to get used to this, but when you become tough…

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Traditional French crêpes are something we have all heard of and perhaps tried.  It’s not like an English pancake on shrove Tuesday although it is thin and sweet. Less well-known is the savoury Breton galette which looks similar but darker with a totally different flavour. It has toppings like egg and ham. That’s a basic description but how are traditional Breton galettes and crepes made? A farmhouse cookery demonstration Whilst on holiday in Finisterre last year our hostess Monique, a farmer in Brittany, gave us a fabulous demonstration of Breton crêpes and galette making. Monique prides herself on her traditional skills and many of…

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