Monday, August 31, 2009
Morning :)

Hectic or what since we got back from holidays. Ton of washing. Joe bumped his head and ended up back in A & E. Finished maternity cover job. Spent a lovely day with Jeanette and two of hers at their caravan. Followed by a Little Chef - love a Little Chef :) Joe got bitten by a dog and ended up in A & E. Had a lovely coffee with Jo. Completed the 3,500 assignment. Josh to the hairdressers. Ben had been a darling around the house. And the usual stuff.

Never got a chance to blog this before our hols - wanted to check with the mum that it was okay to put photo on here. Anyhow, had a coffee with Angela and her adorable girls a couple of weeks ago. And Jeff and I are going to be the littlest one's God-Parents. I always think that is such an honour, so thank you Patrick and Angela for thinking of us xx

Thursday, August 27, 2009










Few more!






















Back from holiday and nearly back into the swing of things!

So, the pluses?
- spending time with my brother and his family;
- average temperature of 30 - very nice!
- swimming every day;
- eating healthily (now just need to keep that one up! LOL);
- relaxing;
- sunshine and NO RAIN!
- kids not fighting!
- coming home at 10.30 at night and finding Joe had made up all the beds;
- coming home and finding out mum's done all our ironing - and we're talking a lot of ironing :)

The minuses?
- exchange rate not very supportive LOL
- getting a phone call from a neighbour at home because Joe has been keeping him up till 5.30 in the morning. Grrr
- missing the ferry on the way out AND on the way back by 10 mins and having to spend 2 extra hours each way sitting at the port!
- 24 mosquito bites just on my arms;
- horrible heat rash on my arm;

And I would go back tomorrow if I could!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Without a camera lead at the moment and brain is up to maximum capacity writing a 3,500 word assignment on Playwork and fighting with Joseph. No room left for witty comments. So, enjoy a layout I did a few months ago :)
Friday, August 14, 2009

Our Local Authority offered Ella an opportunity to spend a morning at a local centre which has allsorts on offer, but it was felt wall climbing etc. might be a bit difficult. So Ella spent the morning with the animals, culminating in riding a horse! First time ever. Jeff reckoned she looked more stable on the hourse, than on her 2 feet!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Okay, well I've often said it's not boring here, and last night would confirm that!

So. Picture the scene. Ben in the back garden with half a dozen of his friends having a sleepover in the tent. We've set up the TV and DVD so they're all sitting eating pizza, chatting and chilling on the decking. Now, we've lived in this little house for 13 years, 2 months and 2 weeks (roughly!) and it's a quiet little corner of the town. Back to last night. Jeff and I are watching something on the box and hear a lot of noise outside. Look out window. Jeff "That's someone jumping the fences" The next 1.5 hours were like something from Road Wars! So, Jeff is at the front of the house, and he can see the 2 criminals in the garages. He's shouting to the police where they are and how to get to them. I think "S***, the kids" As I go into the house to tell them to come in, they all run in from the garden. One of them has shinnied our fence and come face to face with a bunch of 14 year olds. So, bit of calm. Jeff and me chatting to police. Kids stress, can hear sounds in the bushes. Jeff and a policeman in the garden. He shinnies over back fence. Caught about 2 gardens later by police and their dogs. Now, when you watch that on TV, it doesn't sound anywhere near as loud as in real life with the police shouting, dogs barking. More police. Police helicopters. Dog and handler now outside our house. They were around for another hour. Not sure if they caught number 2, so wasn't keen on kids sleeping out, so living room was heaving with mattresses, sleeping bags and bodies!

After the initial scare, the kids reckoned it was the best sleepover they'd ever been to! We aim to please LOL
How many males does it take to put up a tent?!


Sunday, August 09, 2009







Went to a car boot this morning, first one for absolutely ages thanks to Jeffs shifts and the weather. Treated myself to a few nick-nacks. The first are Groovy Girl Wall Stickers for Ella's newly decorated bedroom (£1!!); the ornaments are Willow Tree in perfect condition with their boxes (£8 for both, and on the Willow Tree site they sell for £53); and a Cherished Teddy plate (£10 on ebay and I bought it for £2).Not bad for a mornings work :~) Jeff also got a couple of bits, but hey, that's boring stuff LOL.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Those of you that know me well know that cooking is not my forte. Yeah, okay, understatement of the year! Well, I made a homemade sugo this week. After this photo it was liquidised. Ben reckoned it was the best sugo he had ever tasted :) Joe reckoned it was as good as my rosemary potatoes. Now, much as these compliments are lovely to hear, I do worry it may give Jeff ideas that I ought to do the cooking more often! LOL
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Naughty me. That Buy it Now button was just flashing at me so much I couldn't resist it! LOL Going to make a throw for one of the armchairs in the living room :) Bought it from Quilt Taffy on ebay. The same company I bought the Christmas material from last year. This is Timber Creek Flannel jelly roll.


Tuesday, August 04, 2009
It's lovely when you get to start eating the things you've been growing for months :) Washed and drying - don't you just love Jeff's idea to dry the lettuce? Always got a trick or three up his sleeve that one LOL



Monday, August 03, 2009
Sitting in the garden, wading through some college work, and Jeff gives me this from the garden :) I knew there was a softy in there waiting to get out. Now just got to wait another 19 years for the next romantic gesture!
Sunday, August 02, 2009




Jeff and I went to Marwell Zoo yesterday with Ben and Ella. Wet. Expensive. £56 for 2 adults and 2 children. Then they wanted another £2 each to ride on the little train - I think not! Picnic in the car. All the big animals were in hiding cos of the rain. Had a lovely time just spending the day together :)