Monthly Archives: April 2011

‘What’s that yellow thing in the sky, Dad?’ Hello sunshine, bye bye reluctance. For now…

It has been a long time coming, but our part of Britain finally basked in sunshine this weekend and families flocked to our local park with their picnic blankets and … Continue reading

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Reluctant Housedad’s #SilentSunday

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37. Ours is a VERY complicated family…but it works!

After a hard afternoon in the playground (yes, it WAS hard – sitting in the sun while screaming 3-9 year-olds swarm around you like excited wasps is NOT relaxing), I … Continue reading

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36. The school egg-decorating competition and how I let my son down

‘Dad, will you help me decorate an egg?’ my six year-old son asked me after school last night. ‘Yes son, no problem. As sure as eggs is eggs,’ I replied. … Continue reading

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35. Housedad’s Broken Promises: All the things I said I’d do but know will never get done

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Jessie’s Crazy Kitchen for this meme about Messiness – the jobs you know you should be doing but are never ‘re never going to … Continue reading

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34. The perils of not checking pockets before you put a wash on!

Everything was going swimmingly this morning. I’d read the instruction manual for our new dishwasher and I could actually understand it; I did a pile of ironing; cleaned the kitchen; … Continue reading

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33. Top 10 Things to Look Forward to this Easter Break: A Reluctant Housedad’s POV

Easter. A time for bunnies and chicks. Eggs and hot-x buns. Family-time and fun. And most of all – for those of that persuasion – a time to rejoice in … Continue reading

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There were two heroes in my life. One was my Dad; the other was Ted

Putting together my list of the uncoolest albums from my youth (in my last post) got me reminiscing. There was one guitar (‘axe’ is the proper term) hero in my … Continue reading

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Surely, the 5 uncoolest albums of all time? And they’re mine!

It took me a while to find these, but these are the albums of my youth. I was quite possibly THE uncoolest kid at school. I’d get beaten up by … Continue reading

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32. Wrapped in cotton wool: Why I’m so reluctant to let my kids out of my sight

Can you ever keep your kids safe? It worries me a lot, especially with the school holidays coming up. The youngest is always falling flat on his face when running … Continue reading

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What better way to start the day than with a picture of a happy elephant!

This is Anne the elephant. You’ve probably read about her in the news. She was kept ina circus and abused by her trainer. What a lovely world we live in, … Continue reading

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After a hard day at the nursery coal face. Made me smile, anyway!

Child 3. If you can’t hack it, son, pack it in.

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Movie legend Dustin Hoffman declares his love for the Scottish delicacy Stovies

Cross-dressing movie legend Dustin Hoffman has swapped Tootsie for tatties in this very funny spoof of a cheesy ad he made for an Amercian TV channel. In the original ad, … Continue reading

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31. A Working Wife on the trials and tribulations of having a House Husband

Over the last couple of months I’ve been banging on about how tough life is being stuck at home, cleaning and ironing and looking after three kids since my wife … Continue reading

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30. A poignant but (almost) perfect Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was especially poignant yesterday. It was the first time my three brothers and I didn’t have a Mum. No cards to send, no flowers. No visit. That was … Continue reading

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29. What does my dream mean?

I slept in late today. Yes, today of all days. I got up at 10.50am after a terrible night of tossing and turning. My mind was racing with all kinds … Continue reading

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28. Learn from my mistake: beware the fake gold ring scam

I had to rush to my sons’ School Assembly this morning – rush because I’d forgotten that I was supposed to be attending.   This is part of the problem with … Continue reading

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