Christmas Is Coming to London: Here’s How You Know

Frosted Range Rover windscreens… fur-trimmed Canada Goose coats… cockapoos in Christmas jumpers… and another Christmas season in SW11 Between the Commons is upon us.

b9955e93-dd6e-4622-9e3d-abfed93c0096It happens fast after Halloween. First there’s Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night. Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot. We went to Battersea Park for the fireworks and bonfire again this year, and got lucky it stopped raining in time! Continue reading

Mums’ Mini-Break in Madrid

Another mum walked by as I was typing this at E’s gymnastics place and said, “Mums’ Mini-Break in Madrid? I need one of THOSE!”

Oh you do, honey. We all do.IMG_4018You know what I love? My children. You know what I also love? Traveling without my children.

It’s been over a year since I took this trip to Madrid with two of the good friends I’ve made in London, so it’s no doubt time for another… Continue reading

Autumn in the Cotswolds With Kids

This was the second October half-term holiday in a row we took a trip to the Cotswolds. Since I never got around to writing about it last year, I’m now doing a 2-for-1 special on blogging about it.

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Both years, we stayed at the Lygon Arms, a former coaching inn-turned-luxury-hotel that dates back to the 1300s (!), which boasts quite the list of famous names who have stayed under its roof. King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, King Edward VII and VIII, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor…

And now these notorious characters:

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4 London Summertime Traditions, 1 (Long) Weekend

July was a particularly busy month this year. Between loads of end-of-school-year activities for both kids and people trying to get their summertime soirees in before everyone headed out of the city for the month of August, our family calendar was booked.

And there was one week in mid-July that must have broken some record in how many things I managed to squeeze into four days. Apparently I was trying to do as many British summertime activities as I could before spending a month doing American summertime things. Here’s a recap of the weekend we did All the Things: Continue reading