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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

How to build up a great appetite

During the summer holidays free entertainment was paramount.  Here in Blackburn there is plenty of opportunity for us to spend as little money as possible if we looked carefully enough.  We took lots of walks along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, watching all the barges sailing through the lock gates and spent many a happy few hours taking advantage of free swim sessions at the local leisure centre, Waves.

One of our favourite things to do was to go to The Wits, a new adventure playground on Witton Country Park in Blackburn.  As you know from a previous article on this blog, Jake was one of the original design team for The Wits and takes great pride in telling everyone within earshot that he designed part of the slide and requested the zip wire.

Witton Country Park has many facilities and, if the weather is favourable, can make for a great day out.  There is a working farm with several footpaths from the Visitor Centre up the hill and through the woods to the farm at the other side of the park.  There is also an ornamental lily pond and a riverside walk has been marked out to take advantage of the River Darwen and the River Blakewater which both run through the park area.

Of course, when it comes to weekend and half term, we will be wrapping up warm and heading off back down there again to run some energy off and build up an appetite.

I know exactly where we will be heading to satisty that hunger too as Pizza Hut have extended their Kids Eat Free offer until January 9th 2011 (so, that's *counts on fingers* another four months worth of appetite to work up).  For every adult main course or adult lunchtime buffet purchased, an accompanying child can choose from either a FREE 2 course kids meal (includes a drink) or a FREE kids lunchtime buffet (includes pizza, pasta and salad).

You can find more details about the offer at and, don't forget that on the bottom of each Pizza Hut receipt you will find an offer code.  Visit and enter your code to get great deals on a wide range of family activities and adventures including holidays, theme parks, zoos and more.

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