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A Day Out in Salford

Tall Boy watering the garden at Ordsall Hall

When Tall Boy and I were invited to check out two of Salford's tourist attractions I realised that I have never spent any leisure time in the City. Yes, it neighbours Manchester, but it hadn't really crossed my mind to head out that way. And let's clarify this from the get-go, I am generally happy to go anywhere in Greater Manchester, it's so easily accessible from the M60. So, we spent one Tuesday exploring the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall. Like most museums and attractions, both venues had put on a series of summer events to keep the little ones occupied. They have also just launched a "Let's Explore" trail for children to discover fascinating facts as they hunt...

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Reflecting on the first year of parenting

Tall Boy's First Birthday

I wrote this post shortly after we celebrated the NCT babies’ first birthdays. It was just before they turned one and the emotion of the occasion caught me off guard. I blinked back tears as we all sang Happy Birthday to the bemused babies, who were sitting in high chairs round a table, about to eat their first ever birthday cake. Tall Boy wolfed down a whole black forest gateau cupcake, which is hardly surprising giving his mother’s weakness for cake and afternoon tea.

Tall Boy is now fast approaching his second birthday, and this post has been half drafted for almost a year. It was written to mirror my pregnancy update posts, to reflect on where we were at as Tall Dad and I approached the end of our first year as parents. Better late than never right. 

Entertain the kids outdoors within easy reach of Manchester

Feeding the ducks at Martin Mere

This week’s sunshine has seen us all heading outdoors to enjoy a myriad of garden activities. Tall Boy has been digging in the soil, watering the garden (and himself), playing with his water table, blowing bubbles, kicking his football, and generally loving the fresh air.

Now he’s almost two (I can’t quite believe I’m saying that already) he’s able to get so much out of trips and adventures that I find myself constantly seeking out new inspiration.

Don’t make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then blog more.

Mummy and toddler in Bogs wellies

Gosh, it’s been so long since I last published a post on my blog, aside from a review of Tall Boy’s first visit to Father Christmas, that I hardly know how to get back on track. Leafing through the ‘Tall Mum’ folder on my Mac I’ve found posts that are drafted, even completed, and I can’t remember quite why they didn’t get published. I guess there’s a chance that the same will happen to this post, but I am quietly optimistic that won’t happen. And the reason is, I have finally managed to carve out some designated time to concentrate on my blog again.

The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land: Book Review

The Beta Mum on iPhone with a cup of tea

When I received an advance copy of The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. It came just after I had joined the Rainy City Kids bookclub and managed to carve out time to read for the first time since Tall Boy arrived. I am finally putting nap times to better use than mindlessly scrolling my social media feeds, and whilst I now find myself reading on my Kindle or iPhone in those precious snatched moments, instead of curling up with a paperback for hours on end, I am loving the opportunity to lose myself in a book.

Read on for my thoughts about this brand new novel.