Regular readers of this blog will know I am a big fan of French men’s fashion chain Celio*. Having written about my experiences of shopping with the brand, I was recently invited to Paris so I could appear in a film the company was producing.

At long last, I can show you the video! Continue Reading…

My Sunday Photo 21/9/2014

John Adams —  September 21, 2014 — 14 Comments
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Harvesting the crops. My Sunday Photo, 21 September 2014. #MysundayPhoto


This was a significant week in our vegetable garden; we started harvesting the crops. Pictured here is Helen, the oldest of my two children, next to the potatoes she’d just helped me dig up. Continue Reading…

It was all part of the plan

John Adams —  September 19, 2014 — 4 Comments

Here’s something completely different. Inspired by yesterday’s independence referendum in Scotland, I couldn’t resist penning a short story about the whole thing. It’s something of a first, I’ve not put fiction on the blog before. If I get a good response, I may write some more.


Alex Salmond sits behind a walnut-veneered desk in a windowless room at Gordon Lamb House, the SNP headquarters in Edinburgh. He is surrounded by the detritus of a sleepless night and a draining political campaign. Old newspapers, take away pizza boxes and empty cans on Irn Bru are on every flat surface and across the floor. Continue Reading…




This blog post has been written specifically for #ThePrompt linky hosted by the Mum Turned Mom blog. On this occasion the following question has been posed; Are women better parents than men? Here is my response. . . 

I could get on my high horse and tell you that it’s outrageous to suggest women are better parents than men. I’ll save you that kind of response!

As far as I’m concerned, there is a very simple response to this question. If women are better parents, then men must surely make better business leaders, politicians, academics, surgeons etc.

The only thing is, that last sentence doesn’t make for very comfortable reading, does it? Continue Reading…

Braveheart, Scottish Independence

I mean come on, there was only the one possible image I could use for this blog post.

It’s the day before Scotland goes to the polls and I cannot keep quiet any longer. The independence referendum is a subject I’m passionate about. If you’ve had to tolerate listening as I talk about it, then I apologise. I’ve undoubtedly bored you senseless.

For my family, this is an incredibly personal debate. As I often allude to, my wife is a Scot. My in-laws are Scots and my daughters therefore have strong connections north of the border with family members voting both ways. While I have no close blood relatives remaining in Scotland, many of my relatives were from Lanarkshire and I wasn’t allowed to forget this while growing up. Continue Reading…

Love All Dads Awards 2014

John Adams —  September 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

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It seems to have come around very quickly, but the Love All Dads Awards are back again and nominations are open. The question is, who are you going to vote for?

The inaugural awards took place last year. The aim was to showcase the best of dad bloggers and the winners included a fine array of manhood; Ricky Willis of Skint Dad, Mark Richards of Best Dad I Can Be, Jonathan Ervine of Dads The Way Like It and Kip Hakes of Continue Reading…

Dadpreneur Movement, have it all, working fathers, having it all,

I know how this man feels. It was not easy being a full-time working dad.

Something that’s always baffled me is talk of women trying to “have it all.” I recognise there’s plenty of evidence suggesting women continue to take responsibility for the majority of the housework and childcare in most relationships. Despite this I’ve never felt there’s enough recognition of those men who are involved fathers are also struggle to “have it all.” Continue Reading…

My Sunday Photo 16/9/2014

John Adams —  September 14, 2014 — 13 Comments


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My Sunday Photo 14/9/2014 My eldest gets to grips with her bike #MySundayPhoto

After far too much time talking about it, I got around to buying Helen, my eldest daughter, a new bike the other day. This picture was taken as she took it for a spin for the first time.

I have to be honest and say the image was a hurriedly taken snap. I tried to put all the knowledge I’ve learned on my online photography course to good use, but the battery light on the camera was flashing. I knew I had limited time so quickly got Helen to pose. In the end I managed to take this one image but that was it, the battery expired and the camera switched itself off. Continue Reading…

Hardwal takker, picture hanging, DIY

The Hardwall Takker

The invitation to review the Hardwall Takker arrived the very week that I needed to hang two items on the wall of my daughter’s bedroom. In other words, the timing was perfect.

When a picture needs hanging, I rarely rush to do it, simply because almost every wall in the house supports the main structure so they’re all made of solid brickwork. You can’t just grab a hammer, locate a timber upright and knock in a picture hook. You have to get the drill out, mark the wall, make the hole and tidy up afterwards etc. Continue Reading…

I am not a househusband

John Adams —  September 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

That’s my wife, on the right with the net curtains.

For the first time in my life I have been called a “househusband”. I found it a horrible experience and it left me feeling enormous sympathy for women who, for generations, have had to tolerate being referred to as housewives.

I’m sure many people are perfectly happy with both phrases. I, however, don’t like the idea. It suggests I’m married to a piece of real estate. Humans marry humans, not houses. Continue Reading…