October 23, 2014

The fragility of life

white feathers

    On Friday mornings I pack up my portable office and, with my laptop, mobile, pad and paper in hand I head off to ‘the office’ to get two or three hours of undisturbed work in. ‘The office’ being a local coffee shop with free wifi. As you can appreciate, things can get a […]

It’s only a matter of time


    It’s Tuesday evening and the rest of the children have gone to bed. Cait is staying with a friend for a few days and Mike is at the gym. I have the evening to myself. I have four craft projects on the go, a load of dirty nappies in the washing machine, a […]

The Simple Things: Chicken-keeping, Fruit-picking and Home-made Preserves, Oh My!

fruit picking

    The one thing that we’re really looking forward to doing when we move is growing and rearing our own food. We’re looking forward to knowing where it has come from, what it contains and how it has reached our table. We have owned chickens for eight years now and I can safely say […]

Top Driving Tips That All Teenagers Should Know About

Woman holding ripped L plate after passing driving test

    As a teenager, you feel pretty awesome about yourself when you get your driver’s license. You now have the freedom to travel in your car whenever you want, and wherever you want! Having a legal entitlement to drive also means that you have a better chance of getting a job. The only downside, […]

Choosing A Care Home For Your Elderly Relative


    Once you have made the decision of moving an elderly relative into a care home there is the choice of venue to mull over. This can be tricky with a number of factors likely to influence you. Here are some considerations when making this big step in your relative’s life. These aspects obviously […]

Back to life…

Anna and Libby on Villa Zadra driveway

    Back to reality. This time last week we were making the 13 hour drive back from our month in Italy with 11 of our 13 children via a two day stop-off in France. It was a long day having begun at 4am, and an extremely long drive, what with having to add an […]

Why divorces do not need to be expensive

divorce cake with bride and groom

    While many marry with the best intentions, it is a sad fact that some marriages simply don’t work out. Wealthy divorces are becoming more expensive in the UK with financier Chris Hohns divorce looking set to be the largest in British history. The media comes alive with an attentive buzz when the finer […]

5 Things to Consider Before Fostering a Child

Paper chain family

    Quite a few of the large families we meet through this site have expanded through adoption or fostering. There is no doubt that fostering provides a valuable service to those who need it most, offering support and practical help to families in need of both short and long-term help. A loving, secure environment […]

6 Reasons Why I Decided to Study for my Degree as a Thirty-Something Mum-of-13


    It was about a year ago that Mike and I stopped off for a rare coffee together while running errands, and it was during this quick rendezvous that I decided to run my thoughts by him. Ever my sounding board, his opinion is the only one which matters to me. He knows me […]

What Summer Means To Us…


              What does summer mean to you and your family?         Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on faves Buzz it up Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Buzz […]

The quest for self-sufficiency, freedom and financial independence: The 3 reasons why we’ve always bitten off more than we thought we could chew

climbing a mountain

    It was only a few weeks ago when the figurative mountain seemed impossibly high to climb. ‘I can’t do this any more!’ was all I could say to Mike as we had one of our rare but vocal arguments. The house was a tip with rooms being ripped out and redecorated, with boxes […]

Planning a Wedding Abroad? Things You Must Not Forget To Do

wedding rings on beach

    If you’re planning a wedding abroad, there will be a million things going through your head per second. Because there’s so much going through your head, it can be very easy to forget important things. This guide is designed to help you organise all of the essentials, so you don’t have to stress […]

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