Tuesday, 30 December 2014

I've been away

I've been away for a while, not literally of course I'm still here living my life, continuing to do the things I do every day, but I haven't blogged. I just don't seem to have been able to find the time.  I have no idea how people fit everything in.

I have managed to  get back onto Blogger - I'd forgotten my password and everything, (that shows how long I've been away!!) but here I am again.

A lot has happened in the past six months.

But there's time to fill you in with all the details later.

I've posted two posts that were sat waiting in the back end, so even though they are summer related they are now up for you to see.

Hope you had a great Christmas and I'll see you some more in the New Year.

Beaching it!


We've been, we're back.

One week in Gran Canaria.  The boys first time on an aeroplane. With much anticipation and excitement we left the UK and the sun behind.

We arrived in Gran Canaria, to heat and lots of it. Worm slept through the landing! We knew it would be warm and it didn't disappoint.  Our hotel, Hotel Rhondo, was lovely, clean tidy and spacious for the five of us.  There were two rooms and a bathroom, a twin and a double with an extra bed for Worm.  We paid extra for the air conditioning but it was a must.  I think the average daily temperature whilst we were there was around 30 -32 degrees, too hot! Luckily we had the use of two pools, the one at our  hotel and the bungalows opposite, whose pool was slightly bigger and better equipped for the children.  Need less to say, this is where we spent most of our time. We did venture to the beach, taking advantage of the free bus link. Admittedly we were crammed in like sardines! The beach was lovely. Beautiful sand, rolling waves, Beanie loved the sea, going out with me or his dad and swimming though, over and sometimes under the waves, the water was so warm and I realised what I had missed out on with Beanie over the last ten years. I haven't ventured into the sea here for years, its far too cold, or maybe that's just me getting old! The other two are real sand diggers, but over there it just wasn't happening, the sand too fine to build sand castles and far too hot to walk on let alone sit on and dig!
We returned to the pool!
We were all inclusive so, drinks all day and all meals (which were really good - especially the Chinese) free!
We went with friends, who had the apartment next door, so of an evening the men would go down to the bar and Kate and I would sit on our balconies, though I went to bed early on many occasions.
It was a lovely break and I really enjoyed it but the heat was too much, even with factor 50 suncream I frazzled! It would be lovely when its a bit cooler - like October half term week.

Whilst out there my brother in law cat sat, and on the fourth day we received a text to say that he hadn't seen one of our cats since the day we left. Panic. We know the boys don't go far, most of this summer they have spent asleep in the garden, but knowing that the weather here had turned we feared the worse.  When we returned he still hadn't. Our only hope was that a neighbour had gone away the day after us and he could possibly be locked in.  Within an hour of being home I'd located him in her garage, meowing loud enough to make me feel that he was okay.  We then had an hour of phone calls and running around before we managed to get keys and get him out. A trip to the vet, to be told he was in remarkably good shape for a cat locked in for a week and then home.  He's curled up  next to me as I write, having ventured as far as next door since he's been back!

Saturday, 6 September 2014


All ready for the birthday boy tomorrow!

Vanilla cupcakes and frosting. Decorated by the boys!

Friday, 25 July 2014


Worm. 4 years old. About to start 'big' school. 
A few months ago every time the Zingzillas came onto CBeebies he would scream to turn it off. He hated the programme and then all of a sudden, over night he was asking to watch it. 
"But you don't like the Zingzillas!" 
"Yes, I do!"
So we put it on. 
Since then it has been on everyday. But more than that he recreates the programme, using anything he can find. To start with it was the apples and oranges from the fruit bowl. At grannies he made the rocks out of plasticine. Granny bought him a real coconut! Today he is using the marble run. Much more fruit friendly I have to say! 
When his new teachers came for their home visit, he was in the middle of recreating an episode (the one where coconut number 3 gets stuck - oh I know  it so well!) and his teachers were amazed! When he took his brother into school the following week they looked at him and said "Coconut number one!" He just grinned at them! 
I think we can say it has become an obsession!
Lovely but slightly mad!!

Love him!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Today's walk

Lovely little foals!

And mummy pony.

This tiny one was snoring his head off when I crept up on him!

Hedgerow plants and foxgloves. 

It's going to be another good year for blackberries. 


Close ups! 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Escape Down Under - S.M. Phillips. (Cover Reveal)

For Jess Townsend, life is about to get complicated.

Following on from her split with Josh two months ago, Jess has thrown herself into her work full throttle, making sure that the one good thing in her life remains the same.

Suddenly she is called into an important meeting at work. Absolutely petrified that she is about to lose her job, she does the only thing she knows how. Panic on the inside and walk through it with her head held high on the outside.

Jess soon discovers she is being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity but will she take it?

After dealing with an ex who can't let go and a broody mysterious Adonis who won't accept no for an answer, maybe the opportunity of an escape has arrived at the perfect time.

What does fate have in store and what obstacles will be thrown her way?



Welcome to the crazy and hectic life that is me... A fun, loving mum of one special little boy, girlfriend (I'm sure it should be wife by now!!) and an overall crazy, happy go lucky girl from England.
I have always had a passion for reading and writing. Wherever I am, my book reader is never far behind along with a mug of coffee.
I found myself wanting to write from a young age, I have quite a few hidden stories on my computer somewhere, maybe I will have to dig them out and play around with them at some point.
I decided to make the very exciting but also very nerve wracking decision to release my debut 'Escape down under' at the end of 2013 when the ideas in my head got too strong and just wouldn't leave me alone.
So as a result of my imagination working overtime, Escape Down Under (Down under #1) will be released in July 2014.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Book Review: Safe House by Chris Ewan

This isn't a book or a cover that I'd would normally pick but the blurb really drew my attention.

A thriller, there was a time when I read lots of thrillers but not recently.

Here's what Goodreads says:

"When Rob Hale wakes up in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, his first thought is for the gorgeous blonde, Lena, who was on the back of his bike. The doctors and police, however, insist that he was alone at the scene. The shock of the accident must have made him imagine Lena, especially since his description of her resembles his late sister, Laura.

Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis, a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura—and learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever."

The story line of this book is amazing, very well thought through and with all the minor details included.

It had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I loved the story, the twists and turns and the ending! Every moment was unexpected, exciting and terrifying at the same time. A fantastic read.

I loved it.

I will definitely be reading more of his books  in the future.

4 stars from me on Goodreads!

Monday, 12 May 2014


Today we had tantrums. 

We've had a few lately, all from Worm, who since his bout of chickenpox seems to have lost a lot of confidence. I don't know what it is but he's just become so defiant about doing things he used to love doing. 
Going swimming. 
Going to nursery. 
Going to bed. 
Every time. It's bedtime, time for school, time for his swimming lesson he kicks off. 

Today I received a message on my phone from moors-daddy saying he was shocked at Worms behaviour when he left him at nursery. He had to be removed from his legs and he was screaming "I want my daddy". From what we can see nothing has changed other than he was ill and now he's better though still a bit spotty. 
Can having chickenpox affect them emotionally to that extreme too?
It certainly has us!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Project 365 #18

Project 365 week 18

Sunday, a morning dog walk and everything looked so green. (you can just see the dog!)

Monday, hubby was home and when we went to bed two out of the three cats decided to join us. One, Max decided to lie between us on his back legs in the air!

Tuesday, Monkey has wanted to go to football training for ages, so this week he went with moors-daddy.  He was the youngest there and so was too shy to join in, we will keep taking him until he plucks up the courage to join in.

Wednesday, another day of transforming the garden.  Today we (moors-daddy) dug up half of the lower lawn.  The boys had agreed to it, work has started on our vegetable beds!

Thursday, talking of vegetables, they are growing away in the greenhouse.  These are our cucumbers at the front and courgettes at the back.

Friday - a treat, moors-daddy went shopping and bought me a chocolate orange! It didn't last long!

Saturday a weekend at home so time on the moors with the boys, playing football and enjoying the weather!

Joining up with The Boy and Me for Project 365.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Project 365 #17

Project 365 week 17

And what a week it's been......

Sunday - the day of over indulging in chocolate (well for the boys at least!)  A piano top full of Easter Eggs. I am sure (I hope) everyone else's house looks just the same.

Monday - in the evening this little beauty came and sat at the back of the sofa, right next to me head. All curled up tight!

Tuesday - A bit blurry - sorry, but it was dark and it was a quick piccie trying not to wake him! This is Monkey, fast asleep in his pants, upside down on his bed with no covers on him at all.  He just doesn't feel the cold, I don't think he has ever spent a night under the covers!

Wednesday - we have also seen another out break of chicken pox his week, this time Worm and even though we thought Monkey was pickled it was nothing to what this little one has put up with. They were everywhere. Day 1 a few spots here and there.

Thursday - beginning to get more....

Friday - pickled all over, on his eyelids, up his nose, on his lips, I have never seen it so bad in a child. Here he is feeling sorry for himself and I don't blame him at all.

Saturday -A trip to Tesco and World Cup sticker books for all 3!

Linking up with The Boy and Me for Project 365.

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