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There’s such a lot going on in my head and in my family and in my life at the moment that I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I used to work with a lady who would say at times like this “I don’t know whether to wash or bake”. A nice expression but those are not literally the issues in my life right now. So for the sake of reflecting and slowing down a little, I’ve decided to blog a list. What am I …. Listening to? I spend quite a bit of time with music radio on in…

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   I’ve written an usual shopping list today. My husband is stranded in France this morning. Just for a few hours. His flight home has been cancelled because of bad weather so he’s coming on a later flight. Every time he goes on a business trip to Europe the timing is incredibly tight and we are lucky if he comes home with a souvenir fridge magnet, purchased in the airport. So when I heard he had a few hours of waiting around this morning I begged him to pop to the supermarket! I don’t know if he will but here’s…

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February half term is the ideal time to head indoors to visit a museum or gallery because the weather is likely to be poor on at least one day. I took my tween and teenage daughters to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mill. It sounds a bit grim and gloomy to visit an industrial museum but we found it interesting and the girls liked it a lot. We went there after a trip to the trampoline park which rounded off a great day out. Perched on the banks of the Aire just behind the leisure complex at Cardigan Fields, this museum…

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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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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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