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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog begun in 2012 about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.

I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps.

Around 2018 I tried a new way of writing my family's and my own UK travel adventures. Britain is a brilliant place for a staycation, mini-break and day trips. It's also a fantastic place to explore so I've begun to write up reports of places that are easy to reach by public transport. And when they are not that easy to reach I'll offer some tips on how to get there.

See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Blunt razors

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

Pete (snapped on a snowy Easter walkabout) is not keen on the beardy look and so today purchased more razors. What can be done with the blunt ones?

Suggestion from artistic neighbours, Lucy and Jack, is to place them into a cork and then use them to sharpen crayons and pencils. It's a good idea but first we'd have to lose the 10 million sharpeners that Nell's collected.

Verdict: it feels as if we need a new life guide book. Where should old razors go? It's not something I've ever thought about before. Perhaps it's time for a return to the barbour shop. Then again there's the fear that Sweeney Todd might still be lurking near the knives.

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