Odd jobs for men? A funny thing happened on Instagram recently that made me wonder what the hell some fellow husbands and dads are doing. Since smashing my new phone, and it being impossible to replace the screen without resorting to criminality, I've not been posting as many pics. My old Wileyfox Swift is a … Continue reading Stop being a lazy bugger!
Sea swimming, canoeing and paddle boarding on a Bank Holiday Weekend Most people might think moving to the coast when you're scared of open water would be a daft thing to do. I mean, who would want to live right next to the vast expanse of water that makes you so uneasy??? Hello! I'm Phil. … Continue reading Scared of water?
The Girl will have travelled about 2.464 billion miles around the sun by the time she starts school in a few weeks. This figure does not include the number of miles trekked to find toilets at the least convenient time whenever we're out and about, but I reckon you could probably double it and be … Continue reading Is she ready for school?
Unexpected peril? This final instalment of my loft bedroom storage DIY project trilogy should have been an account of how I wrapped up the project simply and quickly, with some lovely pictures of the completed project, all styled nicely so you can nick it for Pinterest for some ideas of how to redo a room. But, … Continue reading DIY cupboards and shelves – Part III
Getting cracking In my head, this instalment of my mini-series about my loft bedroom storage project is a montage, set to motivational music. I would have to be played by one of those 'interesting looking' actors/actresses (I'm open to adaptations for the big screen version) who isn't completely unattractive so doesn't put audiences/studio executives off, … Continue reading DIY cupboards and shelves – Part II
Setting the scene... For reasons that have escaped me, I've rather foolishly been working on a rather large and ambitious (for me!) bit of DIY lately - sorting out some storage for the loft bedroom . I wanted to record how it went as someone might find it useful to see how I approached it … Continue reading DIY cupboards and shelves – Part I
First up, a confession - despite the post title, this table wasn't put together that quickly! However, I think that was mainly due to my lack of a decent chunk of free time to get on with it, and the regular occasional interruption by my offspring during various stages. That said, I reckon this is … Continue reading Quick improvised kids table
"Daddy, what happened in Manchester and London?"
When I moved to Kent, I - somewhat foolishly some might say - took a rather large pay cut (c. 33%). Little did I know that this would indirectly lead to me spending evenings swearing at nails that are refusing to come out of pallets... Whilst living in a shoe-box in the Surrey-London borders might … Continue reading Doing it on the cheap – pallets
Me. The Boy. A tent. One night. What could possibly go wrong? That was my initial reaction to the suggestion that I take him ‘proper camping’ as his birthday treat. We tend not to give the kids big presents on their birthdays – the wider family seems to have that covered – so instead, we … Continue reading Giving myself a break