Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May - what else?

Along with everything already blogged this month,we've also:
2 x visits from our SSW;
1 x visit from a fosterlings SW:
2 x hospital appointments;
1 x supporting the LA at a fostering fortnight event;
1 x Health Visitor for baby fosterling;
Orla's First Holy Communion :( no photos as not the designated person - Churches really are organised now LOL!;
1 x Temp job - so much more hassle than it was worth!
1 x interview (and then 2 more offers of interview after I had accepted the first - just like buses, nothing for ages and then 3 come along at once LOL!)
1 x dentist
And my birthday :) Which was pretty uneventful, I've started going backwards once I hit 50 ;)

Hmmm, that looks quiet - Don't forget baby's party, trip to Saville Gardens, and the 3 days of celebrating Mum's 80th!
Monday, May 22, 2017

A few more photos ......

........ cos a picture paints a thousand words. And as I'm playing catch up, that sounds like a plan :) But whereas the last were about 'things' this one is about 'peeps'.

I just love this photo. Joshua and Ella have a love/hate relationship and most of the time ignore each other. But this photo shows such a gentle side for them both. Okay, yeah I know they're asleep, but I like to think that they chose to fall asleep like that ........ I can dream can't I? :)


Ella was poorly at the very beginning of May. Jeff picked her up from school as she had refused to get on the school transport. Within minutes of him getting there she had started fitting. Kept stopping and starting. Got back to our town, I was at Mum's. He suggested we go home, but I said no, so we phoned an ambulance. They arrived fast - young person fitting for more than 15 minutes I would have been angry if they didn't! Took her to A&E and eventually at 6pm they gave her some Diazapam - after fitting for best part of 3 hours on and off. Only lasted half an hour!! But at least in that half an hour they had been able to put in an IV cannula in. So at 6.30pm they gave her some Lorazapam - and that was it, the fit completely stopped and she slept all night :)

Bought this playpen on about the second day the fosterling arrived. She was commando crawling round the room, attempting to chew every wire she could find! We quickly realised our house needs baby proofing again! I ordered this playpen as I loved the fact it umbrella folds so can take it anywhere. However, I did exactly the same I had with the firepit in the last post...... It's a monster and takes up most of the floor in the living room! But, it is great in that we can take it outside and she has different scenery, because indoors she won't leave wires and cables alone. And outside it's leaves, grass, mud, and I don't want to think about what else LOL!

Finishing with a simple set of tumblers I bought in Costco. Looks like glass but isn't! Which for this clumsy person makes for perfect 'glass' ware :)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Just some photos!

How excited was I when I saw this Kitchen Aid half price and then a further 20% off! I have wanted one for years, but couldn't warrant the cost, they are pretty pricey. But doing a bit of research this colour may be on the way out ...... Like I care! Cream - or whatever the fancy name is ? Oatmeal? or something else that actually means cream, is the perfect colour for our kitchen, matches some of the tiles. So when we worked out it would cost just over £200, well, it would have been rude not to take advantage. Such a fluke I decided to wander in and have a look, it was the last one. Was obviously waiting for me :) ........... Now all I need is the time and ability to create wonderful creations!


This photograph makes me sad. When we were in Cornwall in March with the boys, the nearest town was Camborne. Had a nice mix of shops up one long high street, a mix of chains and independants. Found an amazing shoe shop, spent far too much money, but ended up with 1 pair of shoes, 2 pairs of shoes for Jeff and 4 for me. But in my defence my 4 pairs cost less than his 2 :) Back to the photograph. This church was halfway up the high street. Apparently it was built in 1828 and was originally a Methodist Church. It just really brought it home to me how generations are changing the make up of my country, when people would rather sit and have a commercial coffee, than sit in quiet contemplation.

And this? This is my little piece of heaven, our garden. I mentioned on the Saville Garden post that I prefer laid back nature to pruned and perfect. Well that certainly describes our garden! For the last few evenings we've been sitting out here. With the decking, grape vine and fairy lights, it feels perfect. We wanted some kind of fire pit - you know, England, not known for it's warm nights LOL! We have managed to have 2 chimineas that have been broken, so that wasn't an option. The wide fire pits wouldn't have worked as they would be too big, take up half the decking. But in Costco we saw this lovely enclosed fire pit - great for safety with Ella and the fosterlings around. Looked a perfect size. What however we didn't take into account was just how huge Costco is ;) Got it home and built - and it's a flaming monster LOL! But, don't care, looks beautiful and keeps us warm :)
Friday, May 12, 2017

Saville Garden Carnival of Colour

I have always loved walking - in the woods, up a mountain, by a river - actually anywhere as long as it is getting close to nature and not a built up, urbanised, area. Oh - unless of course we are sight-seeing, but that is totally different. Jeff though has never been that keen. But turns out, if you give him a buggy with a fosterling in it, mix it up with a health kick, he's finally into walking. Go figure! In fact, while I've been at work, his record is 8 miles! ..... I did check on his tracker ;) Peering over my shoulder Jeff has just said that sounds like I have a tracker secreted on him! .......... as if ;)

So, we decided to visit Saville Gardens. I used to always visit there and Virginia Waters when I was a child with Mum and Dad. Back then it was free, like everything else, not so much any more.

It was stunning and we wandered around for a few hours. The colours of the flowers really are so vibrant, and it's lovely to see giant - and I mean giant - rhododendron bushes right next to a field of bluebells. We were lucky as it was a beautiful day which made the stroll more enjoyable. But if I'm honest, it was too clinical for me. Give me Caesars Camp or the mountains in Italy, rugged, overgrown, nature at its best any day.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

1st birthday!

From an 80th to a 1st! One thing about our household is it's never boring and repetitive :) It has been a lot of years since we've had a 1st birthday party - 21 to be exact! The biggest problem we had was that we haven't got any babies in the family so although it was for a one year old the average age attended was ........ well, let's say a lot older :) We combined it with something else that was happening in relation to Ella - more about that another day - so had Ella's favourite people here.

I had to do a sweetie table - how could I not?? But it was a much simpler one than I would normally do - also included sandwiches, pizzas, etc. (I know, shock! horror!) which I would never normally put on a sweetie table! Must admit, loved being able to decorate in pink after all those blue parties :)

And if you're a new reader, the faces blocked are for the fosterlings privacy :)

Um, no, *hangs head in shame*, I didn't make that fabulous Number 1 cake, the Awesome Anna did :)



Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mum's 80th Birthday


When Mum mentioned it was her birthday it wasn't long before she started talking about what she wanted to do. Initially it was a trip to Guernsey until we worked out how expensive that would be for all of us. Then she mentioned a trip on the Orient Express, but that was a bit pricey too. I have since found a company that does half day trips on the old style trains, so thinking of surprising her at some point with a trip on one :)
So, before we know it, she's somehow managed to persuade us to have a BBQ at our house! But how you going to refuse your mum on her 80th? By our standards it was a small affair - in past years we've had up to 150 visit during the day for a BBQ. This didn't even make 50, but it was a lovely afternoon :)