Thursday, 30 August 2012



Sam off to Glasgow School of Art next week after a long wait as he missed a place last year, after all the wait and the long build up he is now feeling quite nervous.... Charlie , his younger brother, who has just finished his A levels and having a gap year, is very excited for him. we all went to IKea to buy stuff for him, it could have been a nightmare  but we all had a jolly time, me and my 3 lads, a good memory!!


Have a look at some of the photos and you will see what I mean.... I have decided to attack the bulge with excercise and have vowed to go to the gym 4 or 5 times a week, starting tonight.... it was awful... the cross trainer I was on wasn't registering my pulse properly so I was on a very high resistance, I could only manage  20 mins run, so finished with a cycle and a few abs.One of my new years resolutions was to be able to touch my toes so then i had the grim task of stretching my ham strings.... Ahhhhh ...I would rather give birth!!!
I can now touch my toes, just, the next goal is hands on the floor!!


My big girl Becca is home tomorrow.... YIPPEE!! she has had a month in Thailand, really looking forward to seeing her, she has already put in her order for tea... veggie lasange!!

A FEW HOLIDAY SNAPS... As you can see there was car trouble, BIG car trouble, it blew up and needed scrapping. We had to fly home which meant leaving A LOT of stuff behind as we had stuffed the car FULL!!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012



What an adventure we have had.... Went on a camping holiday to Italy, the lakes which was fabulous, beautiful towns, great markets, clear blue water in the lakes, amazing light in Venice, lots of fun with the boys,wonderful food... I could go on but then..... the car blew up... yes actually had steam coming out of the bonnet and liquid bubbling out into  the road, quite impressive really. Thank God for the AA as we basically rang up as if in UK and they sorted it, more or less..... The radiator was shot to bits and the garage couldn't be sure that it would work even with a new rad so we decided to ditch it.....  Didn't think i was emotional about cars but I felt sad walking away and leaving it behind, poor old thing had done its best to get us all the way there and drive us around until the last 2 days but it died!!


As usual woke early thinking about how much washing I had to do so no lie in for me, also had a rotten headache as didn't have much of a chance to drink yesterday and was very dehydrated. Put some washing on , only to realise 3hrs later that I hadn't actually turned it on so didn't get as much done as I had hoped. Looking after a friend's 2 dogs so have 4 to walk , feed etc. 2 found a rotting carcass in the garden and rolled in it, the smell was unbelievable, I washed 1 dog twice,cleaned her teeth, still vile, later realised it was still on her collar, even after a good wash, that still smells, must say I am off dogs at the moment!!
Off to do a private ante natal class   which is always an effort to leave but generally fine when i am there, very nice woman, so we had a good old natter and the fee goes into my envelope under the bed for my special treats.....

Haven't uploaded my photos yet but will do so shortly and stick a few up here.....

Tuesday, 7 August 2012



Well I've finished the blanket and it looks great, I have also done another snood which looks great but I may have done it a little on the tight side and now I can't decide what to do next. My heart is with snoods...( i never thought I would say that...!!) but I am feeling I should be a bit more adventurous. We are off on holiday at the weekend and driving all the way to Italy which means a good 30 hours of sitting in the car and that is EXCELLENT knitting time  so I have to have plenty of ideas and plans up my sleeve as I cannot take all my wool, needles and pattern books with me....
maybe I should do another blanket and do squares again, or maybe its a good time to embark on a pair of socks. Or maybe this just means I need to go down to my local knitting shop and buy more wool and knitting books......


I was doing soooo well, went to the gym 5 times last week and could already see a small change in my body shape and have now started eating so much my tummy hurts but I still can't stop!
It started on Saturday at a noodle bar, continued into Sunday with my very own yummy meal and the divine cake, yesterday was a day out at an Olympic party which involved an excellent spread and then today at a friend with lots of hot dogs and cake followed by some of the remaining cake when i got home. I will hopefully be putting my bikini on on Sunday.......


I am struggling to find a few books to take on holiday. Just finished"me before you" jojo moyes which was a good story and interesting theme but way too waffly for me, Also read "the 50 shades "and will take the last one away with me but that will not last me 2 wks. There has been so much hype and discussion about the book, they are complete rubbish but I have really enjoyed reading them, pure escapism and a good romp!!


We haven't turned the telly off for 10 days now .... its been soooo exciting and good old Team GB, doing so well and on the whole making it look quite easy. Easy to forget the hours and hours a day of very hard training to get all those medals!


Charlie was 18 a couple of weeks ago and celebrated in Aiya Napa on a boys trip which involved ,I'm sure, lots of things a mother shouldn't know that her child is doing. However to make up for that we had a small party at home with close family friends.It was very low key but really just perfect! We all watched Murray beat Federer and win a gold medal and cycling events and rounded off with 100m final! A great day!

Though I say so myself the food turned out to be delicious, slow roasted chicken with chorizio and sweet potatoes. The main event was the cake, made by a friend of mine who is FANTASTIC! She has made cakes for us on several occasions and they are always AMAZING