How to ruin a perfectly delicious fillet of wild salmon [with video evidence]

Wild versus farmed salmon 1  © Mumonthebrink

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!We love seafood!  My kids would live on fish and other seafoods all the time if they could.  Therefore it was a no brainer to volunteer to try some Alaskan Wild Salmon when I Mumsnet and the Alaskan Seafood Board […]

The first Formula E test day- was it what we expected?

Max stroking the car Formula E first test day Donnington Park 2 © Mumonthebrink

How ironic is it that on a day all about the electric revolution I have few pictures to show because both my windowsphone and Dadonthebrink’s iPhone have let us down?  Both our batteries died early on during the first day of Formula E. Nonetheless we had a memorable day.  On the public testing days access is […]

How to make a knights’ castle cake- Super Easy

Knight chocolate castle cake assembly

Here’s another super easy birthday cake, another castle cake, this one a knights’ castle cake with lots of chocolate: It’s birthday party time.  The request was for a Mike the knight party and a chocolate cake.  I took inspiration from the super easy pink princess castle cake to make this knight’s castle birthday cake. This […]

July Postcard with love

A postcard with love Mumonthebrink

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. Gilbert K. Chesterton   I’m not sure what my July postcard(s) with love is going to be, although we have lots of trips planned for the month- including Oxford’s Alice Day, the Cowley Road carnival, a camping trip to the […]

Window 8.1 update on my Nokia Lumia 1020- first impressions

Windows 8.1 upgrade new notifications icon

There I was sitting in the car, on my way to Brighton, desperate to access my Nokia Drive app for directions. My phone screen told me: Almost there… …it will be worth the wait! {Grrr!} I had my Nokia 1020 telling me this for most of the night before and that morning.  I was so frustrated, […]

LittleLife Toddler daysack with reins

LittleLife daysack

Couple of years ago I vowed never to use toddler reins again. Then Max came along.  My beautiful, extremely strong willed baby, who turned into a toddler with a very independent spirit.  He has been keen to run after his siblings ever since the moment he developed a recognition of who they actually were. Coinciding […]

A postcard… with love: Le Bec-Hellouin, Normandy

Le Bec-Hellouin a postcard with love 2

My dear Friend, We stopped off at Le Bec-Hellouin, this most beautiful village in Normandy, on our way to Le Mans.  The Abbey at Le Bec-Hellouin is tranquil, the bells chiming for service mesmerizing. After 2 hours in the car from Calais we all had a good walk and run around. We loved the old buildings, the […]

5 + 1 things to do in Le Mans with kids

Le Mans Cathedral

We went to Le Mans two weeks too early!  I was jealous hearing about all the action of the Le Mans 24 hours race in the town over the weekend from our friends and social media channels.   However, we did have lots of fun and didn’t need to navigate the city through the influx of […]

Follow Tolkien’s footsteps to a forest of magic- Puzzlewood

view of lookout- Puzzlewood forest of dean magical mystical Tolkien

The Forest of Dean is a gorgeous spans of woodland, but it has a extra special corner-Puzzlewood, an eerie and mystical forest.  This is a forest I’m not sure I’d dare to enter as the night draws in!   A landscape shaped by, what geologists think are, collapsed caves and ancient trees.  The floor of the […]

Farne Islands puffins and a close shag or two

Farne Islands with National trust Billy Shields puffins razorbills shags bird watching 10 © Mumonthebrink

Can you imagine being less than a foot away from a nesting shag and a few feet away from puffins?    Well, that’s exactly what awaits you on the Farne Islands!  This is bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast paradise.   The Farne Islands, located just off the Northumberland coast in the North East of England and managed […]

Badger watching on an early May evening, Wytham Woods

Badgers at Wytham Woods, oxford

  There we were badger watching; sitting in Wytham Woods with a small group of  folks.  My 5 year old and 7 year old were fidgeting, but trying their hardest to stay as quiet and still as possible.  Almost 2 hours; It was a long time to sit still, especially on a chilly evening!   It […]

The multilingual toddler- 23 months old


Max is a week shy of 23 months old.  As his peers’ vocabulary increases, so does Max’s. His speech is developing at lightning pace.   He’s making some remarkable sentences of 2 -3 words with ease.     Yet very few people around him will actually recognise the huge developments in Max’s language from day […]

The super awesome kids sleeping bag, the bat version

Batboy sleeping bag

A scream, delighted giggling coming from direction of their bed … and I realised my mistake: I had put Hugo’s new Batboy kids sleeping bag out, as a surprise for him, for the first night we slept in Campy. There was no way he was going to sleep anytime soon!  He was busy discovering all the […]

Allen Banks: How far can a 22 month old toddler walk?

2014 D2 Allen Banks (8) up a steep bank

Allen Banks is a stretch of the Allen river managed by the National Trust. We missed the Bat walk with the ranger 2 nights before (find out why- here), but I was still keen to explore this little piece of nature. Dadonthebrink was stuck working, so off me and my brood went. The Allen Banks […]

The campsite with it’s own natural adventure playground, Haltwhistle

Haltwhistle camping and caravan club site northumberland© Mumonthebrink (8)

We arrived at Haltwhistle Camping and Caravan Club campsite at 11pm.  That was about 13 hours too early for when we were actually booked to arrive. It’d been a stressful day, involving some last minute, unplanned shopping. And here we were in the darkness of night, 3 children sleeping in the back of the car.  We were […]

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