National Baby Swimming Week – meet our water baby

This week is National Baby Swimming Week and I wanted to tell you about our own experiences with swimming lessons in Devon. My youngest, Laurie, is a fish. He can glide under water. He has absolutely no fear and loves nothing more than jumping in. On holiday his catchphrase became "More jump". He attracted onlookers because people couldn't believe ...

Sloe, sloe, hic, hic, sloe… By Kate Berry

Say sloe and most people will say gin but you can actually use whatever you like to top up your homemade tipples and, for that matter, you can use just as many different things for the base. Experiment - the first time we made sloe gin, the recipe said to add a couple of cloves - ...

Family theatre in Exeter

I love taking my son to the theatre. And you don't need to live in London to enjoy good quality shows: Exeter Northcott, The Bike Shed Theatre and Exeter Phoenix all show marvellous children's productions. At the Northcott, in the past year or so,  we've chuckled at knicker-addict aliens in the quirky Aliens Love Underpants, seen scarecrows fall in love in ...