Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Tag: large family

Three’s a crowd

I love having a big family, seeing the different personalities of them develop and watching them play and bond as siblings is wonderful. Clearly it’s also noisy, chaotic and exhausting at times (I challenge anyone to spend a day alone with a 2 year old who is constantly moving and shouting and not feel knackered), you are also generally outnumbered. However when it comes to going out (ever seen a family ticket that includes 3 children?) or buying a car having 3 children is quite frustrating. Throw in the need to also have room for a dog when buying a car and the choice starts to become very small when you need to fit 3 car seats across the back row. We went away for 2 nights with the children and the dog recently and could have done with a roof box for luggage, Bracken’s crate takes up half the boot and a pushchair takes up half the remaining space!


I’m starting a new job in January and will be handing back my company car in a couple of weeks so we’re once again searching for cars even though we pretty much know what the choices are. They really haven’t changed much since we last looked 2 years ago and can be summarised as follows:

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The gallery – I’m grateful for….

An interesting prompt this week and one inspired by the intrepid explorer that is Christine Mosler. Who on the day that this post is published will be somewhere in Mozambique following a vaccine on its journey from city to countryside for a project with Save the Children. There were a few things I thought about posting for this not least our new dishwasher that we’ve had for a week now and could very well be the reason I stay happily married for a little while longer yet.

But I decided that actually the following photo really sums up what I’m grateful for, this is the tribe from youngest (Matilda at 5 weeks) to oldest (Nan at 87), 4 generations in one place. I don’t have a large extended family with only 1 grandparent left and no cousins, but my immediate family is big and expanding. I’m one of 5 children (4 boys) and there are now 3 grandchildren. The only person missing from this photo is one of my younger brothers who lives in New Zealand. Family may often annoy you, frustrate you and eat all your food but I love having a big family, even more so now that we too are becoming parents. So ladies and gentlemen I give you the fool’s family: