Most parents will be familiar with the challenge of getting children to willingly go on a walk. It’s much easier to say “we are going to explore such-and-such a place”. Our kids are not wise to this yet! On our Brittany holiday, hubby and I wanted to stretch our legs on the famously pretty Breton streets of Quimper. We picked a more cloudy day when the beach would be a bit too cool for swimming, programmed the Sat Nav, and off we went. The Breton Spirit of Quimper Quimper (pronounced “Kemper”) is the historic capital of Cournouaille (almost pronounced “Cornwall”).…

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This is a collaborative post. Each year the motoring organisations produce plenty of winter road safety advice for drivers. Articles are produced to help cyclists too but there’s little information for parents. Children do sometimes get a talk at at school about “be safe; be seen”. According to government statistics*, personal injury road traffic accidents in 2016 reached 136,621 casualties. Injured road users can seek legal advice. For example Slater Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation to road users including pedestrians. Getting out on dark days Nowadays my daughters walk to secondary school in dark clothing and dark coats. It’s…

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For months I’ve been wondering about joining in with the #LittleLoves linky hosted by Morgana from the blog Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. She’s one of the first bloggers I read in the early days. Something I like about this link-up is that every blogger involved writes their post under the same headings of Read, Watched, Heard, Made, Wore, And Lastly. They are pretty broad titles but it does allow for some real old-school blogging where I can write up snippets from my life. All those hot-headed thoughts that pop into my head during the week don’t normally have much of…

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This is a collaborative post. Since our children have grown a bit older we are all happier on long car journeys. They can watch films or play Minecraft on the long roadtrips. When the roads get more scenic and winding, they are mature enough to appreciate the views. In recent years we have taken some long roadtrips through France and the American Midwest. We switched to a more fuel-efficient car and having saved such a lot on petrol we are able to travel further afield. We are stretching our imaginations about where we might go. North Pennines Dark Skies A…

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*This post contains affiliate links* As a family we are pretty keen on easy bike rides together. There are enough other things in life where we disagree, but a bike ride is quite a leveller. We don’t like traffic or hills very much so when we had an autumn break in North Devon, we thought the Tarka Trail looked ideal. It’s a former railway line and is part of national cycle route 3. Barnstaple to Instow We didn’t do all of the Tarka Trail, but started in Barnstaple where we parked at the leisure centre. Heading south, we wound our…

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