Thursday, 25 August 2016


One very happy girl and one very proud Mum!
GCSE results day today and she did brilliantly!

A*'s in Maths and Textiles
A's in Science x2, Geography and IT (Distinction - A equivalent)
B's in English Literature and English Language, Drama and German

She did better than she hoped in English and Geography, and German was so unexpected but so deserved given the hard work she put in.

So we celebrated with cheesecake x

Well Done Sophie x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Where has this week gone?

The summer holiday is sadly whizzing by - I love the holidays and no alarm clock, so am quietly willing the time to pass a little slower. We have finally put up our door number, it's been on the the 'to do' list for a while.

And we are beginning to make headway with the back garden and....

... the bit down along the side of the house.

The next big project is the sitting room, which has not been touched since we moved in a year ago now. It was pretty much the only room we had to live in whilst the builders were in and I want it done for Christmas, so best get started as there is a lot to do.

We have finally got around to sorting all the stuff that had been in storage and was still in boxes, in the front room. Some has been found a home, some has been thrown out and the rest car booted or taken to the charity shop. The plan is then to make this room a temporary sitting room, whilst I get started on the actual sitting room.

I've been sofa looking/dreaming!

And we were up a silly o'clock on Sunday morning for the car boot. The only positive at getting up at 5:30am was this view, as you opened the bedroom shutters.

Our time otherwise has just been pottering around at home. Sophie has been away doing NCS for 2 weeks, so it's just been me and the boys at home. Sam got a waffle maker for his birthday which we've had fun testing out and I can see will be well used. We've nothing big planned for the rest of the holidays - Sophie still has this and next week doing NCS but from home now and of course the dreaded exam results day next week. So we just need to hope for lovely sunshine over the remaining weeks, to enjoy the last few weeks of the summer holidays.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Birthday Boy - 14!!!

How did that happen? Where does time go?
Today we celebrate Sam's 14th birthday!! 

We went to bed last night with the scene set - presents wrapped, birthday bunting up. the cake made and wake up time negotiated (not ridiculously early)

and here he is - my baby! 
14 years old today and getting ever closer to be the same height as his father - maybe next year he'll be taller!

This 'memory' came up on facebook today - 5 years ago!

I am very proud of the young man Sam is becoming - he's still a sensitive soul who doesn't like any attention on him but he is kind, caring, considerate and empathetic and is becoming a lovely young man. I know I'm biased but.....

Big GCSE years are now ahead of him. He, like Sophie, has no idea what he wants to do but I'm sure with hard work, he could do anything he wanted.

Have a wonderful Birthday Sam x

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

20 Years!!!!

20 years ago today, I married my best friend.

We had met 3 and half years earlier in a nightclub in Bath - Jeff was an Officer in the RAF based over in Germany and I was in my final year at University, studying an Arts degree with teaching. 
We look so young!

It was the happiest day ever - filled with sunshine, sunflowers and smiles.

20 years on and we are still smiling and are a family of four

We were best friends the day we married and still are today. When you are lucky enough to find the right person to spend your life with, you can't help but smile x

Here's to another 20 years x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Farewell July!

Farewell July - you have been a great month

What a way to start the month than with a trip to London to see Take That, swiftly followed by our trip to sunny Sorrento, Italy and finished off with a few days in Cornwall. I wish every month was as busy and fun as July has been.

It has of course taken it's toll on my waistline but life is for living and I have eaten and enjoyed the most delicious food over the past month. Other than our Wedding Anniversary and Sam's birthday in August, nothing should stop me from being fully on plan and back to it, so thank you July for being a fab month and here's to an equally good August, minus the holidays and food.....

Thursday, 28 July 2016


Just back from a few days in Cornwall - the weather wasn't great but we made the best of it.

The rain cleared the first evening there, the boys had every intention of going in for a dip but the breeze was too chill and they made the sensible decision to go for a walk instead.

We headed to St Ives on Monday, again the weather forecast wasn't great but we braved the showers and soaked up the sunshine in equal measures and the boys got their first dip in the sea!

We enjoyed a delicious meal at the HUB - always a 'go to' for us and you get great views, fab atmosphere and delicious food

Tuesday was spent at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance - Sophie and I spectated whilst the boys did there thing and got wet (and cold!!) We had a bite to eat then headed off for a mooch around Penzance as the rain arrived.

And then on Wednesday, before heading back home we helped Granny celebrate her 93rd birthday with pasties and cake! So a lovely few days but back home now to get on with the house. A year on from our move, we are still living with boxes around us that came out of storage. The plan is to sort through all that's left - car boot, free cycle and charity what's not needed/wanted or can't be found a home for and then empty the sitting room ready to decorate - there's always something to do!