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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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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Lately, the most common question I get asked about photography is how to brighten a photo before publishing. You can do this in any editing program, even an app on your phone, but the results may not be great. A simple app will just add light to the whole photo, including the parts that are already bright enough. I use Lightroom on the PC but you may think it looks quite complex to use. This is a simple demonstration of a few of the Lightroom brightening functions. It should help you pick the right one for your photo. The Original…

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This blog post contains affiliate links – that means if you click on the link and go on to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Most of us are passionate about certain Christmas traditions. Personally, I am quite dedicated to Christmas baking. I make our own cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, mince pies, Christmas tree decoration biscuits and Yule log. I’m not crazy, it’s just my Christmas passion! It isn’t masses of work because half the ingredients are identical. Admittedly, I am a bit of a recipe fiddler. I’m always adapting, altering and tweaking. I have two alterations…

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