South London Mini Mudder

Last weekend our kids joined up with some friends to take on South London’s Mini Mudder, a kids’ version of the Tough Mudder event that Kate and I did in 2014.  It was a great atmosphere and there was certainly lots of mud.  It was great to see kids embracing the community spirit and helping…

A Local’s Guide to Free London with Kids

After recently reading a very famous travel magazine’s online article of the best free places to visit with kids in London, I felt the need to write an article of my own. I couldn’t help but feel the author of said article is not a parent or perhaps doesn’t even live in London. It was…

Horn Hill Hike at Colne Valley Regional Park

Another sunny Sunday and we were off to the greener pastures (literally) of Horn Hill just outside of London. We brought some friends along with us this time as we hoped to get their kids interested in hiking. We let our oldest, Fiona, navigate for us which she did beautifully without much adult involvement. Many…

Getting Outside on the Thames Path

We had been really lazy all winter, rarely getting outside. Our weekday schedule was so busy that the kids especially just wanted to sleep in and stay in their pajamas all day. I couldn’t blame them plus the weather in London is a total drag during the darkest months of the year: rain and wind…

Celebrating World Book Day

At my school today we celebrated World Book Day. I dressed up as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. To prepare, last night I washed and braided my stick straight hair to create waves to match Hermione’s hair. I wore black trousers, my white school shirt and a Hogwart’s cloak. I brought my stuffed cat, Crookshanks,…