Is there anything better than that lovely, smug feeling when you realise that empty nest means no more pressure for “must-have” Christmas toys?
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I am finally on the same page as a world-renowned chef. Not when it comes to cooking, obvs, (he wishes!) but photographing food.
Against my better judgment, I have finally succumbed to the national obsession with pictures of cute animals. I only admitted it to myself after asking the owner of some type of pug dog with a sticky-out tongue (the dog, not the owner) if I could take a picture of it “for my daughter”. It is now my phone screen wallpaper.
In the interests of full disclosure, I must admit that I am not a qualified medical professional. I have, however, made an important medical discovery that I am willing to share to further the interests of humankind.
I am feeling bereft of popular culture since the Student left home. Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake Off have, for the first time in living memory, been broadcast without the benefit of my constant monitoring.
Amid all the despair and fury surrounding recent budget airlines cancelling flights and another airline going bust, it is worth looking at our low expectations when it comes to travel in general.
Some interesting observations on what to expect when your children have left home follow. These are a result of first-hand experience gained over the last couple of weeks since the Student started uni:
Autumn and winter are my favourite fashion seasons. As my regular reader is aware, I favour woollen layers over flimsy tops-of-arms-revealing floaty dresses any day. I also tend towards the funereal in my colour choices, with black or navy sometimes enlivened by a cheeky grey.
So the Teenager has now become the Student.
It turns out me and The Teenager are unwittingly bang on trend. New research shows disposable cameras are making a comeback, with Fujifilm expecting to sell 7.5 million cameras this financial year – up from 3.9 million in 2014-15 – as young people tire of selfies.