Abdullah Kurdi and Me

It’s the 3rd September 2015 at 7:30pm. I am in Holywell Bay, Cornwall at the end of my holiday with my wife, my 3 sons, aged 9, 5 and 5, and my daughter who is 10 months old. I am not actually required to vacate the static caravan on the holiday park until 10am on… Continue reading

You Look Like You’ve Got Your Hands Full

“You look like you’ve got your hands full” the stranger observed, with a slight chuckle, as I shopped with my four children. I’ve had this said to me many times before, usually with me responding with “yeah” and a similar awkward chuckle. I’ve never really considered why I reply in this way; maybe it’s just… Continue reading

Day Out: Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

On a whim, we took a trip out to Kinver Edge in Staffordshire. The description looked appealing: dramatic views, lots of walking and houses built into sandstone caves. Sounds right up my street. The drive took around an hour but it probably took that long to get our four children into the car in the first… Continue reading

Matchsticks Not Included

I realised I was probably sleep deprived as I poured the hot water out of the saucepan into the colander. On the face of it this is not unusual. I cook daily and am well versed in how a colander works, yet this time it wasn’t until the heat cascaded over my feet and splashed… Continue reading

Dads’ Guide to Childbirth

My wife has friends who are pregnant and others who have just had children. They get together occasionally and talk about their experiences, give each other tips and advice, and chat generally. One subject that caught my attention was when they began discussing child birth to a new mum to be. There was a lot of detail… Continue reading