I’ve had a bit of a blogging lull (I appreciate that this is not the first time I have written this post, or one similar). The last school year has been a whirlwind – I have been busier than I could have ever hoped for doing stuff I love for local businesses, research projects and charities, but now it is time for a little reflection around my work, how much I do (I’ve been flat out), and how I can work smarter and include all the other bits that are important to me and mine into our lives. Part of that...

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Outdoors Project, Buckingham Park, Shoreham

I’ve been looking at The Outdoors Project for a while – it’s after my own heart.  But until now, my shy ones have resisted my booking them in.  However, with a whole mob booked from their school, plus sleepover friends going along, they were thrilled to be invited to review it. My girls like nothing better than a camp out and can often be found in our garden making potions or mud pies, building dens or designing fairy houses, so The Outdoors Project is right up our street. I needn’t have worried – even without school chums there, my girls would have been...

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On the way home from school today my big daughter suggested we go out for dinner to celebrate hump day (she said hill day, but you know – Wednesday). We’ve been meaning to try Fiordilatte for a while now but keep not getting around to it.  It’s about 20 minutes walk from home (along the seafront), and the sun was shining and what’s more glorious on a coming-up-to-the-end-of-half-term Wednesday night than a stroll in the sunshine on Worthing beach? Also, the alternative was quiche which I hadn’t actually got around to making yet (I was too busy trying this...

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The Dome Cinema in Worthing

The Dome is one of our new favorite places in Worthing.  For starters, it’s a beauty, but also it often does Friday 6pm shows for kids, which feel like a ‘proper’ night out.  And has a lovely bar where you can buy a coffee. It also has lots of character and period flourishes, so makes a trip to the Cinema a beautiful treat. I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen about it so wanted to share some pics.  I also wrote about the attached Dome Vintage Tearoom (where we read a 1974 copy of The Beano on friday) in my last post Beautiful...

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Glorious, Sunshiny Worthing

I keep having to give myself a pinch.  Last summer it felt like the move to Worthing might never happen and I spent time and energy managing my own expectations in case it never did. We were gutted when we realised we wouldn’t get over here until deep into Autumn.  But it’s been wonderful to see our first Spring in our pretty, sunshiny garden.  To realise why the previous owners of our house had a curtain rail in the kitchen, and to start ‘doing’ the beach after school. We discovered The Dome Vintage Tearoom this week (and thoroughly recommend their...

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A greedy post about a meal in the sun last week at Coast

I got a bit of flack for my last post where I said I hadn’t yet found any ‘stand out’ food in Worthing yet.  I am a little spoilt, as we just moved from Brighton where there are loads of excellent eateries.  I appreciate that local residents have their favorites built over time and with trust.  I am very grateful for the recommendations (a restaurant can have off days of course, but true loyalty is built by people coming back again and again).  It will take me a little while to work through them. I work and have kids and...

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Five good things about Worthing

People watching at Coast Cafe/cafe des Artistes, February 2016 Girls in the lookout at cafe des Artistes/Coast cafe, Worthing Coffee served with a smidge of chocolate at Coast cafe in Worthing The beach Its quiet.  There’s some sunbathing in the summer.  Families beach-combing.  A bit of dog walking and sea swimming.  But no teeming hoards. The water is shallow with no quick drop-off (like in Brighton), which means its good for swimming and water-sports.  We swim on the Beaches the East side of Splashpoint Pool (at the bottom of Ham road).  In the summer the water is lovely and...

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A fresh start

So where are all those posts about Worthing then?  They’re all here (taps noggin), but I’ve been a bit busy IRL lately and didn’t want to rant/cry/bore everyone.  It’s time for a fresh start I think. We’re in (its lovely), and we love Worthing, but it was a little bit bumpy along the way (school stuff and change – I’ve bored myself with it all now, and can’t think about it any more). BUT, now that Springtime is on its way, and a fresh start it upon us once more, the old brain is tickering away, and I need a...

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The Wool Bar

My dreams of catching the last few weeks of summer as a Worthing resident are dashed, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting over there this weekend. I’ve long fancied learning to crochet, but having taught myself to knit more than once (and forgotten again), I knew it wouldn’t come naturally.  And anyway as a bit of a natterer, I much prefer a group session where I can ask questions. Me and the family had popped into The Wool Bar one day a few weeks ago on our stroll back to East Beach after a slap-up meal at Giuseppes for...

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Moving house blues

Oh my goodness, goodness, goodness!  How do people do this?  Seven weeks today since our mortgage application.  SEVEN.  WEEKS.  And the bank has still not done the valuation. Apparently the rest all checks out and is moving along as it should be, but why so long to look at a house?  It took us less time than that to find it. Of course our vendor is wondering if we have cold feet.  And we are worried they will pull the sale (although everyone is saying they are frustrated but positive).  All we can do is keep our fingers firmly...

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As well as writing about my 40's, I run Do Stuff U Love.  It's a small business, helping other small businesses in Brighton, Hove and Worthing to manage websites, blogs and social media


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Support Zero Waste Week at the same time as stocking up on these lovely giclee prints (I'm thinking Christmas pressies) by my talented friend, Zoe who blogs over at ecothriftyliving.
For each print sold in September 2017, Zoe is donating £2

Zoe’s Zen Art for Zero Waste week

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