A few weeks ago Son Number Two came home from a movie night with The Boys. He said “Mum, there’s a movie we have to see!”. He went on to explain that he had seen the shorts for a film called’Goodbye Christopher Robin’. He said “Mum, we have to see it, it’s Winnie the Pooh”.

As I’ve said before, Daughter Number One loved Winnie the Pooh and her room was full of Winnie stuff. After her murder my Sons and I decorated her coffin with Winnie the Pooh stickers, messages of love, glitter and their tiny handprints. So, “Mum, we have to see it, it’s Winnie the Pooh” – Of course we did.

Off we went, on my birthday at the beginning of the month. It was a very good movie. Terribly British in a charming way; it had themes of the futility of war, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the mistakes we make as parents, forgiveness, family of the heart and how we carry on. It is the back story of bow Winnie the Pooh came to be. I didn’t have any knowledge of Winnie the Pooh author A.A.Milne outside of Winnie himself and it was incredibly moving and interesting to watch this film. I cried, oh, how I cried. And I unreservedly recommend you watch ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ too. I also recommend doing your own research around A.A.Milne and reading some of his other works.

Well guys, it’s been a year! Christmas is almost upon us and then another year. I don’t know about you but I’m tired. My plan is to spend my time and energy on the people I love, who love me. That’s all I’m sure about. As always I am tremendously grateful for those who travel with me.

Wishing you and yours health and happiness! Safe onward travel x


I want to Break Free.

As a rule I am not a very girly girl. I don’t often pamper myself or indulge in completely selfish pursuits. Today I did. Today I spent a couple of hours having my hair done and I am well pleased with it. It gives me a kick each time I look at it.

Yesterday I took Daughter Number Two to the cinema to see ‘The Croods’. It is a kids flick, an animated story about a family of cavemen. There are themes around growth, evolution, stepping out of your comfort zone, discovery, change and fear. It was very topical.

There is a line in it about ‘re-writing the rules’, which sounds good to me. When most people ask ‘why?’ I ask ‘Why not?’. Sometimes it seems as if the rules you make for yourself are the ones that bind you the most and keep you stuck. Which means the power to free yourself lies within yourself. It is hard work sometimes but broadening your horizons is a very good thing.

Last night I spent a few hours having an excellent conversation with my excellent friend. I hope it was as good for him as it was for me. Tomorrow I am meeting up with another friend and his lady love. I’ve not met her in person before but she seems very cool and she makes him happy which makes me so happy!

There really is a big, wide, world out there. Explore the world, explore other people, explore yourself. Live, laugh, love. Just do it!

Travel safe x