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This weekend, we travelled up to the Highlands of Scotland to Mhor Hotel, and their annual MhorFest. We'd intended arriving in time for the Raft Race on Saturday morning, but under[...]
'Steve and Mary from Nuneaton are following their dream, of buying and renovating a period property in rural France. The cottage we are showing them needs a bit of work, but we thi[...]
It was my first visit to Ziggys Restaurant in St Andrews, and I was intrigued to see it described as a family owned 'themed restaurant', decorated with rock and roll memorabilia. I[...]
A guest post by Coach Rebecca Pintre, from Artemis Mindset Coaching, on recognising the signs of low self esteem in a child, and what parents can do about it.
It is my daughter's 13th birthday today. At last, she is a TEENAGER! She's promised that she won't suddenly turn into a stroppy, hormonal monster. Check back in a year to see wheth[...]
For the March Writers' Workshop
The prompt I chose was, 'Reluctantly, she let the flower fall from her hand, watching as it spiralled down'.
Beth held on to the rai[...]
No, don't worry. I'm not going to advise you to throw a First Period Party for your daughter. I can only imagine the sheer horror that my daughter would greet this suggestion. It i[...]
A Guest Post for World Down Syndrome Day, by Emily
I know your intent wasn’t malicious or unfeeling.
I know you thought you’d be saving our family years of heart-ac[...]
In my life I have lived in many cities and villages, but the cities I consider "home" are the twin towns of Dundee and Würzburg. I was born and brought up in Dundee, and have recen[...]
My Goodreads Review of Five Wounds, by Katharine Edgar
Five Wounds by Katharine Edgar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A gripping tale, that kept me awake into the wee hours, as I co[...]
This article deals with processes in feminism, but the point made about social media is true for all online discussions.
When our online world is nothing but an 'echo chambe[...]
One of the most frustrating Social Media tasks is uploading photos to Instagram from computer or Mac. Sometimes I have a photo on my computer that I'd like to share on Instagram, a[...]
"My Mum reads my texts", is the digital age version of "My mum reads my diary". Did you write a diary when you were younger? If you did, you may remember the fear of your parents r[...]
It is done! Months of research, and hours of agonising which of the many wonderful women to include - today 12 Awesome Women Explorers was published. Initially only on Kindle, but [...]
The lovely Millie Slavidou and I were chatting today about collaborative writing. She suggested we write a story together, but I fear I am too much of a control freak to enjoy that[...]
It's been a while since I wrote a Secrets of Scotland, so I thought I'd catch you all up on some of the glorious areas of the country I am lucky enough to call home. The suggestion[...]
According to Planned Parenthood, teens who had good, honest conversations with their parents about sex are more likely to delay sexual activity, have fewer partners and use condoms[...]
I was pleased to read that the NSPCC were launching a new campaign to better inform parents of the dangers of Social Media, but was slightly disappointed with the results.
This is the fourth in the series about Social Media for Kids, today dealing with what parents need to know about Instagram. Catch up on the earlier posts on Online Safety for Kids,[...]
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