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What's this blog all about?

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.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Is that Emily?

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:

Emily, it’s Nicola here, you know from school. Yes, that Nicola, your one time best friend, from 6th form. Got a bit of a confession. No it’s not that bad. And yes I’m fine.

You remember that we did English A level together? Well I’ve just been sorting stuff out in mum’s attic and it seems that I took all your notes home at the end of the term. There are three lever arch folders - lots of essays about Prufrock coming and going..

Yes, TS Eliot, that’s a poet we’ll never forget!

…and a nice zebra decorated A4 folder (see pic).

So the question is shall I post them to you in Oxfordshire?

Oh, you’re clearing up a bit too. All right I’ll recycle them here. Nice talking to you. How long’s it been? Yes that’s right. 26 years. Well, speak soon. No I really mean it this time, I’m doing a lot of tidying up this month…

Verdict: don't sweat the small stuff is a useful mantra for the A-Z No Waste project. So is staying in touch without gaps of 26 years.

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