Saturday, 17 March 2018


It's been a funny old week of normal really! Nothing exciting to report, nothing but normal has really happened this week. I worked Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, day off on Friday! Sophie had her last ever parents evening, all good to report, just those pesky exams to get done and over with now before the next adventure begins. Slimming World, then clothes shopping with the boy this morning and cookies baked for the week ahead this afternoon, before work again tomorrow.

Desperately needing, wanting, pleading for Spring to arrive (properly) it's blumin freezing again today. I need some warm sunshine pronto, completely fed up of the cold now.

Here's hoping the Easter break will be lovely and sunny x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day, this was taken yesterday on a rare day out with my two.
When did Sam get so tall????

I'd arranged with my Dad to surprise my Mum for Mother's Day
 and I think she was happy to see us!

We met at Lifton Farm Shop, near Tavistock - a good halfway'ish meet up spot for lunch. It was certainly busy, good food and a nice chance to catch up. Sophie drove there and back, good motorway experience and she did really well - can't believe she's been driving for nearly a year now! Jeff was working, as he always has to on a Saturday - he gets longer holidays to make up for it but we do miss him not being around.

Of course on Mother's Day I remember Jeff's Mum, who sadly passed away 10 years ago now. 
She is very much missed by us all x

My two surprised me with flowers and the 'Greatest Showman' CD - Sophie and I loved the film and I'd wanted the soundtrack ever since seeing the film. It will be the soundtrack to many a car journey in the future I'm sure and much to Sam's dismay too!!

Now the snow has gone, Spring has certainly been showing itself. These are the grounds up at Jeff's school, always worth going up to see. This was taken en route to yoga - not still light at 6pm.

Hope it's a good week ahead x

My everything - Happy Mother's Day x

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hello March!

Well March you made your arrival well and truly known - the 'Beast of the East' arrived later in Somerset than other parts of the country. I secretly hoped we'd got away without any of the snow and disruption but no!!

After the 'do we go to school, don't we' debate on Thursday morning, I decided to keep the kids at home, as I was working and wouldn't be able to go in early to collect them. Thankfully school then officially closed at 12:30 and made the sensible decision to close all day today (Friday). It was like Christmas at work, soooooo busy and the bread and milk aisles were left bare by early afternoon.

I hate the snow and the disruption it causes but these two waited all day for there to be enough snow to go out in! 

I must be getting old, I much prefer looking at it from the warmth and comfort of inside!

We've woken this morning to iced up windows and drifting snow and ice, as the winds have been so strong and bitterly cold. Jeff went off to work this morning, no excuse for a snow day as he's just a 5 minute walk away. I cancelled my coffee date plans, thankfully I wasn't due to work today, and have a day at home with the kids, who are currently outside, making the most of the snow!!

The Tor is looking white and wintery this morning.....

But my poor daffs aren't loving the wintery look!!
I thought I'd chosen the perfect spot - lovely view from the kitchen window, sheltered corner but alas the wind and the cold and now the snow have got the better of them.

These two are out again making the most of it before it goes. Got them clearing the snow off the soft top as it's now just ice. More snow is forecast, got no plans for tomorrow but I'm back in work again on Sunday, hoping I don't have to walk in but we'll see.

 Love it or hate it, there's not much we can do about it but stay safe and warm.
Have a good weekend x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Family trip!

We have had some beautiful sunny February days but boy has it been cold and it's set to get colder, soooo deceptive but better than rain any day.

Weighed in at group yesterday and picked up my 1 stone Award - pretty chuffed with my progress and only another 8.5lbs will see me back in target x

Didn't stay to group last week as this one was getting her hair cut! Looks fab, don't you agree? Love it shorter and styled, hoping she'll keep it this length now. All part of my 'Self love Sophie' mini campaign xx

Had a great family trip out yesterday to Birmingham.

 I bought tickets for one of Sophie and Sam's favourite American bands Imagine Dragons, as a Christmas pressie. They're only playing 5 dates in the UK for their Evolve World Tour and I got tickets! Their first 'poper' concert and it didn't disappoint, had the best night!

Although we managed to stand behind Birmingham's tallest man!!!! 

Great live band

And this is what it was all about- love these two to bits xxx

Have a great week x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Half term break. blink and you miss it!

Why do the holidays come and go so quickly?

It's been a mixture of work and pleasure - I worked the Monday, then met up with an old Uni friend in Bristol for lunch on the Tuesday. Thankfully it stopped raining whilst we were walking around. 

After our trip to Reading on Saturday, Sophie decided not to revisit Birmingham University on the Wednesday, so it felt like I gained an extra day off. The flooring man had a cancellation, so we got the new vinyl laid early - what a difference having proper flooring makes, after 2 years of plywood!

I also gave the 'loo roll cupboard' a little makeover too, with some new oilcloth.

The last few days have hinted heavily that Spring is well and truly on the way. Managed to get all 3 sets of bedding washed and out on the line to dry this week - makes such a difference.

Faced the scales and Slimming World this morning and got away with a 'maintain' - pretty pleased with that as it's been half term and I've probably been a little less focused what with days out, pancakes, valentine's etc.

Sophie and I have also been doing some 'Sugar Free' baking to find her some recipes to make for school lunches, snacks etc So far we've made cookies, coconut macaroons, jammy oat slices and macadamia rice krispie squares!!

I hope you've all had a good half term - I'm working tomorrow and then it's back to school on Monday - February is whizzing by, which means lighter, brighter, warmer days aren't too far away.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Half term hols.......

.... and we're all ready for the break!

Although no lie in for the first day, instead alarm set and out the door by 7:30am Reading bound. Sophie received offers from all five of the Universities she applied to but has 2 clear favourites. Both have Applicant days, where you are invited to revisit, look at the department and course a little more thoroughly and see the accommodation again. Saturday was the turn of Reading. It was a lovely start, super sunrise to get us on our way but the weather turned grey, wet and miserable - perfect really!! If you can still like a place in that sort of weather, then it'll be fabulous on a warm, sunshiny day!

It was well worth the revisit, perfect opportunity to ask any questions, iron out any queries and basically re-evaluate if it's the place for you. Could she be happy there for the next 4 years of her life!?! And (I think) the answer could be Yes! I could see her being happy there. It felt friendly, safe and a big positive is, that it offers a years placement in work during the 3rd year, so great experience, great for the CV and great for her future employability. Reading itself isn't a city, which is what put her off I think initially but it's big and just a 20 minute train journey to London, plus she could easily get a train back to Somerset. 

We now need to decide whether to revisit Birmingham or just park it away in a box. The thing is, Birmingham requires 3 A's and despite all her hard work, I'm not really sure if that's achievable. The amount of stress and pressure she'd have to put yourself under would be immense. Reading, if her firm choice, is ABB - much more achievable and I also think long term, would the course, working environment be less stressful too!?! Only she can make the decision but she's a clever girl and whatever she decides, she'll work her butt off to do the best she can xx

Saturday, 3 February 2018

February is here!

Gotta love February - storming in with blue skies and sunshine, in January's wake! It was such a welcome sight, albeit short lived and grey skies and mizzle has returned today. 

As always, January was filled with flowers, in an attempt to brighten the gloomy grey days.

January was a great month for my Slimming World return. I lost 10.5lbs in total and a further 2lbs this morning, so just 10lbs will see me back at target again. 

I've been roasting rhubarb and 

......making chocolate filled raspberries and strawberries. 
This was for taster at group this morning and I came home with a very nearly empty plate, so I'm guessing they went down well.

I'm having to think up new food ideas even more now, as Sophie, frustratingly, has also been diagnosed with PCOS too. I have suspected it for the last couple of years but after a Dr's appointment, we now have the diagnosis. It's really unfair and so much to take on board. What 18yr old wants to have to give up so many foods they enjoy and have to either go without or find alternatives, which really aren't the same!?! We had a brainstorming session together the other evening, starting with what she does like - it'll be a long road ahead but we will get there together.

I always think that with Spring just around the corner, you can see so much more positively about most situations. Had a 10 minute potter out in the garden the other day and there was lots of fresh green shoots on the way, daffodils in bud and the odd crocus beginning to open.

Here's hoping the month of February is short and sweet and acts as that stepping stone to lighter, brighter, sunnier days ahead.