It’s so fabulous to be in one area for three months. Somewhere not too far from my eldest daughter and grandsons.

We had one of our grandsons for another sleepover at the weekend, and I got to play like a child again. He coerced me into going swimming at Tamworth Snowdome (such a huge variety of activities there), persuaded me to play on the huge inflatable in the pool and slide gracefully (seriously, it was most relaxing) down the flume. On Sunday we went ice-skating – though his boredom threshold only lasted half an hour.p, and then spent a delightful few hours at the Castle Pleasure Grounds.

I love being a grandma. And Barry had a ball playing ‘Top Trumps’ on Saturday evening. Read More


Our lives may be mainly focussed on making a success of our Calendar Club store, but we’re also managing to fit in some extracurricular activities!

On Saturday night we enjoyed a night out with my eldest sister Kath, her youngest daughter Vicki, and soon-to-be husband Phil. Having booked the band ‘Susie and the Backbeats for their 2018 wedding, they thought they’d check them out ‘live’ on their inaugural Lichfield gig.

They were unquestionably brilliant with a wide range of genres and amazing acoustics. Barry was more than a little smitten with the lead singer, so I imagine that’ll help him get over his feelings of discomfort of weddings after over 30 years of the pressure of photographing them – until his last professional one in 2007! Read More

Despite the intense commitment required to staff our Calendar Club store seven days a week, after nine days of trading we’re (mostly!) loving it. Being Self-Employed Operators, earning on a commission basis, means you’re intensely motivated to making your shop the best it can possibly be.

We’re extremely thankful to have such a fabulous location. Lichfield is a gorgeous Cathedral City, and from experience so far the locals adore Calendar Club! There’s been frequent positive comments about how they’ve been waiting for us to come back, telling us where we were last year, and how they always buy their calendars from us annually.

Not what we wanted to see this morning …

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