MummyBarrow’s camera buying guide

Shiny new electronics with 72 megapixels, 475x digital zoom, APS-C, CMOS, SD-XC. Whaaaaaat? What. On. Earth? (Answers at the bottom if you care) If you’re thinking about a new camera, it’s a minefield. I don’t know much about cameras but the little I know should at least give you somewhere to start. The first question to ask yourself before ANY other is “why?” And be honest…if you’re mad busy and

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Books to read this Christmas

  Books make great Christmas presents and I am firm believer in adopting that Icleandic tradition of Jolabokaflod “The Christmas book flood”.     The joy of an annual in a Christmas stocking on Christmas morning is one of my strongest Christmas memories, and I so I love to give books as gifts.    Here is a little selection of some of my favourite books of the moment which might be

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Enjoying a weekend not a million miles away from home

Mini-breaks. Great aren’t they, but can somehow still a bit of a fag?   We have always loved the idea of enjoying a weekend away not a million miles from home so we can feel we have done something with our weekend, yet not spent it on the motorway.   No point checking in to a gorgeous city and fabulous hotel for the weekend if it is the other end of the

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Holiday wishlist

  We haven’t been away as a family this summer, but have spent our summer at home, with days out and some more local exploring.  We have also spent quite a bit of time around the fire pit, toasting marshmallows, chatting late into the night.  It is amazing how much more talking goes on when you turn the TV off.  Who knew?! One of the questions that sparked the longest

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Waterside Holiday Park Safari Tents, a review

A rare blog from me, but I thought I would give you my perspective on our recent weekend away, before T gives you hers later in the week.    Waterside Holiday Park invited us to come and try one of their new Safari Tents and T picked the first weekend in July, pretty much at random. Well, it was after exams had finished so there shouldn’t be a reason why

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Slowing it down with photography

  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am fairly relaxed. One of my dearest friends described me as “Half man, half duvet” many years ago, and I’ve spent a lot of time aspiring to that goal. I like to slow down from time to time. It’s nice to see that hygge is allowing more and more people to see the benefits of a slightly dialled-back approach, so I thought

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Five go to mocktail recipes for Christmas

  It is easy to focus on the booze at Christmas, heck I am even doing a gin advent calendar. “Have we got dessert wine to go with the pudding?”   “Is there enough fizz for breakfast?”   “How many bottles of red wine do we need for the mulled wine on Christmas Eve?” It is all about the alcohol apparently.  Which is not so great if you are the

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We are a family of Canvas converts

It’s a vivid memory for me, the first time I thought “this is how a holiday should be done”.  Though to be honest I had been on holiday this way since I was a child.  You know, the “Canvas Holidays Way” where you rock up at your campsite and move into a fully set up tent.   We had done several when I was little but I hadn’t taken any of

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Coffee the Italian way

I went to Rome a few weeks ago – did I tell you? While there, I realised that the Italians take their coffee very seriously – much more so than we do. Although we’re definitely catching up, we have some way to go because Lavazza, for instance, have been making excellent coffee for 120 years.  Lavazza, which for me is “Italian for coffee”, have made Lavazza Prontissimo! which is the

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Family Food Planning

We are  always busy. Sometimes I’m so busy it doesn’t seem possible to even start anything, so the list just gets longer. And longer. I’ve started trying a few things that seem to be helping for me – maybe they could for you too? I’m cooking a bit more, and before you say “but that takes longer” then hear me out…..I’m trying to cook a bit smarter. I used to do

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Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare died 400 years ago this year. He’d have been 445 if he was still alive, you know. Just THINK how many plays he’d have written by now – we’d have needed an infinite number of zoos, each with an infinite number of monkeys to type all that lot. However, to commemorate the fact that our greatest English-speaking playwright would have been 446 this year, Stratford upon Avon is having

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