Despite all my research, operation ‘varnish the kitchen floor’, has encountered a problem. When I excitedly went downstairs to look at my newly varnished floor, I was devastated to discover the varnish had dried to a milky finish, like my floor had cataracts.After ringing the Dulux centre for advice it appears I painted too much varnish on to floor boards…. Read more →
Part one of operation varnish the kitchen floor has been completed. All I need to do now is hope it dries nicely before morning and the section on the instructions saying ‘no heavy traffic for seven days’ doesn’t apply, if you cross your fingers and think really hard,’it will all be ok’.
Sophie joined the library’s Summer reading scheme. This year the theme is ‘Mystical maze’. The aim is to visit the library and borrow at least six books to read, ideally two per visit. Every returned book wins the participant a sticker for their reward chart. When six stickers have been achieved a medal is awarded to each child either at… Read more →
Today we visited Otley to collect a 40l cool box from Argos. I had done some research and uncovered a nice sounding riverside walk called Warfmeadows. The area was regenerated from disused paddling pool to a play park equipped with lots to amuse the children, a pleasant walk alongside the river, aquatic fowl to feed and grass for Elsie to… Read more →
Annie-Mo is growing more and more confident in her ability to walk. Often she will totter a few steps with us around applauding, however I did catch her today tottering across the front room before collapsing on the sofa as if to say, ‘thank goodness that was hard work’.
Today we brought a picnic to our beautiful Nanty Nina’s house to eat in her field. The sun shone and everyone had a lovely time. Afterwards we visited the new M&S on Leeds road. It was just like the one in town but noisier and with parking. Within two minutes of entering the shop with Annie and Pi, I was… Read more →
Today we boarded a northern rail train and headed out to visit the National Railway Museum in York. I used our friends ‘friends and family’ railcard so the return fare to York was only £10.05. The museum is adjacent to the station so getting the train was a fun, economical and easy option. The museum is free and massive with… Read more →
Annie-Mo took her first step.today. Keeping in line with her zest for life her first step was actually a series of steps, almost a run. Felix was with me chatting when she simply stood up and tottered off. I was astounded but Felix was so not impressed. ‘Did you see’, I gasped, ‘Annie-Mo just took her first steps’. ‘Yes Mama,’… Read more →
Happy holidays everyone.
There is only one more day left of school till the summer holidays are upon us. It will be good to not have to get Sophie to school on time and no need for stringent bedtimes. It’s nice to walk Elsie in the hols as it means we definitely have to get out of the house whatever the weather. I… Read more →
Today we enjoyed a walk around Cold Stone cut an enormous sculpture overlooking coldstone quarry. Matt made a great picnic, we saw a mini tornado up in clouds, made it home before the rain closed in and ate slow cooked beef bourguignon for tea. What a lovely day.
It has happened all of a sudden that our eldest boy has outgrown all of his clothes. The only items that he has left that fit are his school clothes and no self respecting teenager wishes to wear those all the time. Normally I would do an Ebay sweep but since the boy in question cannot describe how he would… Read more →
Annie is learning british sign language. Apparently babies who can sign are able to communicate their needs at an earlier age and are less likely to suffer tantrums and terrible twos. I am not sure how much that applies to Annie who’s favourite signs are cat,bird and milk. I suppose as long as those signs address her main desires and… Read more →
This morning we enjoyed eggs baked in bacon. First of all I cooked the bacon in our muffin Tin then broke the eggs into the centre of the bacon and placed the Tin back in the oven for another seven minutes. We all liked our cute muffin shaped bacon and eggs.
Elsie is moulting. She doesn’t really look like she is and up till now she has innocently continued to spend the day time stretched out upon my big pillow bed guarding against crocodile invasion. But now my white bed linen is no longer white but brown and hairy and itchy and rubbish for sleeping on if you aren’t a dog…. Read more →