Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Family Makes

This week I am featuring fellow North East blogger Carol from Family Makes on Other Bloggers Family Lives. Carol blogs about her family life, her holiday home in France, travel, crafts and reviews. So let's find out more about the family behind Family Makes. 

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1.) Tell me a bit about yourself and your family? 

We're a family of four - Mum, Dad and two boisterous boys, Hugo who is 10 and Toby who is 8. We also have a very friendly cat, Poppy and a crazy miniature Labradoodle, Daphne. We live in the North East but both our boys were born in Scotland. We moved back 'home' (for me) when I had to have some heart surgery, I am now medically retired and a stay-at-home Mum. 

2.) Where do you live?

We live in the North East, Teeside, right by the coast.

3.) What is your favourite thing to do as a family where you live?

As we are so close to the sea I have to say we love going to the beach with the dog, although we don't go as often as we should, due to the boy's sporting commitments and the fact I'm fairly immobile. Sometimes I drive and meet the rest of the family there for ice cream or fish and chips!

4.) If you could live anywhere where would you?

We really miss living in the countryside in Scotland, we would love to back North of the Border one day. We also have holiday gites in France and have considered living out there, but there's something which keeps us here. I think it's the language barrier, and the creepy crawlies are much bigger in France too!

5.) Did you grow up close to where you live now and what are your favourite childhood memories of where you grew up?

Yes, I grew up exactly where we live now, all my family are still here too. I have great memories of playing on 'my' beach, in the rock pools and the sand dunes, the same places my own children love visiting now. 

6.) Have you got any exciting family plans for the year ahead?

We went skiing in New England in February, we were married in New England and haven't been back there in several years. We will be visiting our gites in France, in the Poitou-Charentes, a couple of times. Daddy will visit more as there is always lots of DIY to be done!

7.) What is your favourite thing about family life?

I love most things about family life, although I must admit it can be really hard work and exhausting! My boys are learning so quickly, they are really clever and are developing their own personalities and sense of humour. I love it when they just 'get it' - they are becoming really sophisticated in their understanding and conversation, they come out with some hilarious things. They can be very cheeky too! Never a dull moment in our house. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions Carol, despite living so close I have never actually visited Teeside before - I really should soon. I hope you had a wonderful time skiing and enjoy your time in France at your holiday home in the summer. 

If you would like to find out more about Carol and her family visit her blog www.familymakes.com

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Don't forget to check out last week's post featuring Glasgow With Kids if you missed it. If you would like to take part in Other Bloggers Family Lives send me an email at newcastlefamilylife@gmail.com

37 comments:

  1. Aww I wouldn't love to live by the sea - that's my retirement plan, as I've pretty much always lived in the midlands!

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    1. I hope that you manage to retire by the sea one day. xx

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  2. It's so lovely hearing more about other bloggers. I'm really enjoying this series. x

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    1. Thank you, that is lovely of you to say xx

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  3. It is so interesting reading about other bloggers, I love to hear about their lives. Having a gite in FRance must be lovely x

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    1. I know it sounds so lovely, must be wonderful to have a holiday home to spend family time in xx

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  4. Ah lovely to find out more about Carol she is so right family life can be hard work and exhausting...but definitely rewarding too!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the heart issues hope you are ok. It is lovely that you live so close to the seaside as well Carol x

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    1. It really does sound lovely where she lives x

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  6. Oh to live by the sea! But of to live in the countryside of Scotland! How amazing! I haven't been outside the US but I hope to someday and Scotland is on my list of places I really want to visit!

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    1. Scotland is wonderful, I hope you get to visit someday xx

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  7. I love living near the coast. I'm not sure I could live in a city now.

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    1. I don't think I could live in a city centre either, I am lucky Newcastle is ner the coast xx

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  8. Hi thanks for featuring us in your great series. Here's a news update - we did it, we moved back to Scotland! Only just over the border, so still one foot just about in the North East!!

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    1. Thank you for taking part. That is great you have moved back to Scotland, I hope you are all very happy in your new home xx

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  9. Its great finding out about other bloggers and my mummy knows some local bloggers near her as well. Carol sounds great and it must be nice to have a home in France too. Great series of posts :)

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    1. That is lovely your mummy has lots of local blogger friends, I am glad you enjoyed reading. xx

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  10. This is my dream, living next to a sea.

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    1. I hope you get to live by the sea one day xx

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  11. Lovely interview :) I would really love to be able to live by the seaside, one day! x

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    1. Thank you Jayne, I hope that you get to oneday in the future xx

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  12. I would love to live near the sea. I bet it is beautiful taking morning walks along the beach, whenever you want to :)

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    1. You just can't beat a stroll along the coast can you? I am only 10 minutes away and should really visit more often xx

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  13. I am so sorry to hear about your heart problems, my thoughts are with and you and sendning you loads of love. xx

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  14. Another fab interview. I love that Carol grew up where she lives now. I still live in the same village I was raised in.

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    1. Thank you Laura, that is lovely you still live in the village you grew up in. I wish I still lived where I grew up xx

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  15. Lovely to showcase a fellow blogger. Living so close to the beach is a joy I have to admit. Elinor x

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  16. I would love to live close to the sea. That would be so cool.

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  17. We would love to live by the sea. My mother in law lives near a beach so we always head there when we visit. Lovely to find out more about you Carol!

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    1. I don't blame you going to visit your in laws if they live near the beach, it must be lovely. xx

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  18. I have stayed in a gite in france and I can see why they would want to move, it is so relaxed over there

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    1. I have never been in a one before, I would love to oneday as they look so charming xx

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  19. Oh how nice of the thought of living in France, but I think I would struggle with the language barrier of moving to another country. I'm not very good at learning a new language.

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