Another contender was my drive around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, complete with panicky early morning start on the opposite side of the road in an unfamiliar automatic car, promptly getting lost in Seattle, worrying I’d miss my ferry and nearly clipping a bus… then making it across Puget Sound to some spectacular scenery.
Every now and then, sitting in the armchair at the foot of my daughter’s bed, I wonder how many hours of my life have been spent there. From night feeds to encouraging her to nap by my sheer presence to soothing her back to sleep when she’s woken.
Then I decide this is probably a route it’s best not to go down – especially after our recent broken nights. And with a nightlight helping her doze off more easily, we’ve taken the next step… removing the side of her cot bed to turn it into a ‘proper’ toddler bed.
With as much chance of her being completely unfazed as of her falling out of bed/deciding to play not sleep, I decided to take no risks and that even the bedclothes should be on my side, courtesy of a handy little innovation from Gro. Continue reading →
As part of a recent piece I wrote, I discovered I had approximately 55 travel guides on my bookshelves. And that was at a rough count – I’ve been planning to reorganise the shelves for 2 ½ years, so who knows what’s buried.
Because however helpful high-tech can be, I don’t think you can beat a good old-fashioned printed guide for a lot of things.
And they can also be a great way to get kids involved and excited about travelling, helping plan the trip and discover more about the country. Even better, of course, is a set of guide books designed especially for children. Continue reading →