Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Imagine my enthusiasm for this: I needed to head to Monks Cross retail park on the last Saturday before Christmas. It was last minute Christmas shopping time. I expected chaos, but that’s not what I got. But first, breakfast Before hitting the shops I needed fuel. Fortunately for me I’d heard the night before (at […]

Memories of Christmas Past | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Memories of Christmas Past

It’s only natural at this time of year to think about past Christmases. Memories at these special times seem to stick in my memory far better than a regular time of year. Last week when I was setting up our Christmas family portrait I thought back to a similar photo we took. The one at […]

Rising Damp and the Older House

Those of us of a certain age will hear the words “rising damp” and immediately think about Leanard Rossiter and that 70s sitcom. If you’re here for an in-depth look back at that classic British comedy then I’m afraid you are in the wrong place. However, if you are here because you are interested in tackling rising […]

Letters from Lapland | Letter from Santa | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Letters from Lapland

Christmas is a magical time of year for everyone, but especially so for children. I can vividly remember the excitement of visiting Santa in his Grotto and then on Christmas Eve looking out of the window trying to catch a glimpse of his sleigh. Childhood and that magical belief in Santa Claus are special and time-limited […]

15 Things I Hate About Christmas | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

15 Things I Hate About Christmas

Christmas – it’s the most wonderful time of the year. As a parent, it’s just magical and I love watching our girls enjoy the season. However, there are some things about the Christmas season that I really do not like.  Call me a Christmas Grinch or scream “bah humbug” if you must. But I reckon […]

Christmas Is Cancelled - The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Christmas Is Cancelled

Christmas is cancelled. This is not a drill or a joke, and certainly not a hoax. The secondary school that two of our children attend has cancelled Christmas. This means that cards, gifts, carols and Christmas activities are banned. The students now have to write to the head of RE before the end of November […]

They Shall not Grow Old

They Shall Grow Not Old

Every now and then you see something that is truly mind-blowing. A film, a TV show, a play or even a musical. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does you revel in it. One such thing, that I implore you to seek out and watch, is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old. If you’ve not […]