Jaygo’s chocolate orange bread

Ingredients 225 gr strongFlour 1/2 tsp Salt 1tbsp Oil 25gr Dark choc chips Dark choc spread 2tsp Extract of Seville orange 1 packet fast acting Yeast 1tsp sugar 150ml tepid water Mix oil,flour,choc chips, yeast,salt,sugar and orange essence together. Add half Water, mix,add remaining water. Knead until not sticky. Roll into a sausage shape. Spread choc along the sausage. Roll… Read more →

Cellar clear

Today I am tackling the cellar. Dark, damp, musty and slug ridden it is a portal to junk land,  where everything that hasn’t a place upstairs is stored till it is needed, which is mostly never. In the past,whatever section I clear magically refills itself within two weeks and it isn’t long before any evidence of my hard work has… Read more →

Red noses and coffee

Red noses and coffee

Today Annie and I visited Butterfingers, a circus supplies shop based in Harrogate. Normally I take part in multi hula hooping class but this morning we just had fun chatting with our friend Belinda who runs the class and playing with the red noses Annie discovered in one of the boxes. Afterwards we headed home to enjoy a coffee in… Read more →

I Turfed the hall

I Turfed the hall

There has been no carpet in our hall since Mel our old ginger tom marked it as his own. I had a roll of turf left from renovating the back yard and decided to turf the hall way. It’s fake turf so no need to water and hopefully it should be hardwearing. Anyway it makes me smile every time I… Read more →

Green yard

Green yard

I had some little hands helping as I laid the turf in our back yard yesterday.

Silent auction

I won tickets for the Spiegle Tent at our school disco. Despite numerous telephone calls getting more and more panicked as the time for the tent approached I couldn’t contact the ticket holder. Today I bit the bullet and phoned the Harrogate festival organisers and explained the situation. They kindly reserved Matt and I tickets for this evenings event… Burlesque…. Read more →

Phone bill horror

Felix received his phone bill today, £321.24. Apparently he doesn’t have unlimited texts and has gone 2000 over his allowance of 500.  Orange are unsympathetic and refuse to help so there is nothing we can do but pay it. Ouch.

British Summer time

As we wandered to towards school this morning, rain dripping off our hoods, Sophie inquired ‘what season are we in, is it Autumn? ‘No darling’, I replied,’ it’s Summer’. She looked at me aghast as water droplets raced down Annie’s waterproof buggy cover. ‘Really, it’s a little bit damp?’ ‘Yes’,I confirmed, ‘welcome to British summer.’

The girl in the stripey pyjamas

I am currently wearing my stripey pj’s. I look a little like an old film American convict, Jay says I hurt his eyes. Definitely his bedtime.

Lovely day

What a lovely day. First Jay and I went and collected some turf for the back garden, then lunch and a walk to Bilton beach followed by a quick drink at the Gardeners Pub and home for an amazing tea cooked by Fraser and Tinana. Lamb roast with all the trimmings followed by panatone bread and butter pudding. Delicious.

Jay funny

Jay made me smile today as he told me about his class mates, one of whom, he described as having, ‘down-town syndrome’.

New favourite tipple

Summery loveliness Apple juice Frozen raspberries Whizz it up in a blender Pour into champagne flute and top up with fizz. Yum.

Hula hooping,looming and swinging

Hula hooping,looming and swinging

Today we went to the Valley Gardens play park. Our inspiration was to hand out flyers advertising our friend Belinda’s ‘multi hula hooping’ class. Sophie brought her loom band kit to sell bracelets she had made and Annie enjoyed playing on the swings whilst Belinda and I chatted to the mum’s in the park.  It was a very pleasant way… Read more →

Double wedding

Double wedding

We were lucky enough to be invited to attend two weddings yesterday. Matt’s brother Martin married Charlotte in a beautiful ceremony  and afterwards we joined everyone in a lovely reception held at Charlotte’s family farm. There was a photo booth with a full box of dressing up props to play with. Annie didn’t like the donkey head sombrerro combo Felix… Read more →