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Jun
24
We finally finished our new playroom at the weekend and I am still in shock at what a difference it has made to the whole house and its inhabitants. Almost two years since we began closing off part of an upstairs terrace it was finished in just a weekend.  Once the men came and laid the floor the change was instant, then Juan set about putting up the storage units while the girls and I began sorting the toys. I collected toys from all over the house; from cupboards, from the sitting room... + read more
Jun
20
We’re now back in Spain after spending the ‘summer’ in the UK. This year we chose to drive through France over a couple of days rather than taking the longer ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth. This was for two reasons; firstly our voyage back last summer had been so horrendous thanks to a storm in the Bay of Biscay which left the four of us vomiting and realising we weren’t cut out for long sea journeys, and secondly because I am now too heavily pregnant for any other... + read more
Jun
18
A couple of winters ago we enclosed part of an upstairs terrace to make a playroom. After an ongoing saga of leaking roofs , badly-installed air-conditioning units and an unlevelled floor, I may finally be able to exile all the toys upstairs and reclaim the living room.  But will it be the answer to my prayers? Or will it just be a dumping ground for my daughters’ junk?  When we decided to enclose the terrace it seemed so simple, the perfect solution to our toy invasion... + read more
Jun
18
FOR nine days in May the northern Spanish city of Girona becomes a giant garden with a wealth of scent and colours as it celebrates the festival of ‘Temps de Flors’. The fiesta, now in its 49th year, sees traditional and innovative displays of flowers and plants in dozens of locations. Based mainly in the old town, the festival includes monuments, churches, as well as public and private gardens and patios. Whether you are a keen flower arranger or not the festival is well worth a... + read more
Jun
16
This Friday school finishes for the summer which means more time at home and more hours to fill. So what to do with the children during these extra hours? The temptation is to hide indoors from the sun and let them watch more television. But the little voice inside my head will be whispering ‘Bad mother! Why do you have children if it’s just to sit them in front of the goggle box for hours on end?’ Another option is for them to have a siesta, but my daughters grew out of... + read more

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