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I've been busy, so the updates have slowed down. I'm not going to whip myself about it - at least not extra hard.

Birthday Party

On Saturday I took Noah and Leo to Ted's 5th birthday party, at Castaway's cove which was the boy's favourite soft play, until last year. They had a great time, and I had one of those weird realisations, that I've had a few times, that I've shared the bus home with Ted's dad for about 10 years -- Britain's biggest village eh?

Clara cut short her catch-up sleep and came to collect us in the car.

Sunday, Clara was off work. We had a lazy morning and a relaxed stroll around the city centre in the afternoon.


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We've arrived. After more than a year without a website, my escape pod has finally landed, here at Google's blogger service. It's all fine. Just a few cobwebs from the space spiders.