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Wedding anniversary weekend

Wedding anniversary weekend

Friday dawned with blue skies and the promise of good weekend weather, perfect for a wedding reception in a field. Arriving with trailer tent entow we surprised the lovely owners who informed us that due to the bride’s mother being terribly poorly the reception had been cancelled. We were welcome to stay though and by the way their donkey was… Read more →

Annie’s diet

So far today Annie has eaten a snail, eaten mud and rubbed egg and beans in her hair instead of eating them and then eaten them.Annie has has her hands washed ( I can now confirm it is very hard to remove squished  snail slime from baby skin) and mouth rinsed out so many times but thinks it’s all the… Read more →

The Gardener’s Arms

Matt and I took the opportunity today to sit in the beer garden at The Gardeners Arms whilst we waited for Sophie to finish Beavers. Matt had a pint or two whilst I enjoyed a cider shandy, a tasty concoction I discovered last year. Annie tried her first crisp (it didn’t spike her in the throat and choke her like… Read more →

Teenagers

Teenagers are tricky creatures. I haven’t ever had one of my own before and like babies they don’t come with a manual.I feel a little like I have been thrown into a hostile country where I don’t speak the language or understand the customs.  Currently I am trying to figure out the best way forward as I muddle my way… Read more →

Gooseberries

Whilst outside tidying up the front garden I noticed my barren gooseberry bush had sprouted fruit. For years it has produced nothing, yet this year six plump berries now hang from it’s spikey branches. I got very excited and told Matt. ‘Yum’,he exclaimed, ‘gooseberry crumble’. ‘ Not yet’, I replied, ‘however I could probably get enough filling if we use… Read more →

Goodbye Clover

Goodbye Clover

Matt and Clover has just set off on Clover’s last Dragondrop mission. She has been sold to two of our very good friends,  so at least she is still kept in the family. We have had so many lovely times in Clover, so many amazing adventures and so many fabulous memories. However we have outgrown her and since we embarked… Read more →

Muddy Mo

Muddy Mo

Annie- Mo and Aunty Rachel and I enjoyed a wonderful morning in the garden. Whilst Annie pottered about making mud pies and getting fabulously filthy, Rachel and I drank cups of tea and Rachel opened her birthday presents.

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.’