Sunday, 23 June 2019


The eldest finished her last exam on Monday. Happyflippinglulliah! So we zipped straight off to Centerparcs and rode bikes through the forest all week.
I've now got about 10 weeks worth of work to do in the next 5 weeks before we jet off on our jollies.
Bye then.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

father's day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Especially mine. Who's away on holiday. And the other half. Who's out working for a couple of hours.

Friday, 14 June 2019

the big shop

Our Tesco online delivery comes between 9 and 10am on a Monday. To secure this apparently popular slot I have to place my order sometime soonish the week before. So I go online, chuck a few random items in the basket and check out. Then every Sunday night, after moaning about it for 3 hours, I go back online to update the order to something we actually need.
Only this Sunday I moaned for 3 hours, went online, spent forever updating the order....then forgot to checkout.
So the delivery arrived on Monday morning and it was basically a bottle of Jack Daniels, some prawns and 12 packets of crisps. 
My sister said that this was the equivalent of spending an hour walking round Morissons filling up your trolley, then leaving it in the bread aisle. She's not wrong.
So I logged back in and secured ANOTHER slot for Tuesday morning. Apparently Tuesday mornings aren't as popular as Mondays. I chucked a load of cleaning products and toothpaste and toilet paper into the basket and checked out. I intended to go back and add actual food before the 11.46pm deadline.
Only I forgot. 
The delivery arrived on Tuesday morning and it was basically dishwasher tabs, tin foil and bog roll.
Still no food.
I had to physically show up in person at an actual supermarket to buy our dinner. 
We've run out again now cos I hate supermarket shopping.
But at least we have the Jack Daniels.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

rain rain rain

You've gotta be suspicious when the weather men say it's gonna be a "flaming June"
They're usually flaming lying.
This June is no exception.
It hasn't stopped chucking it down all month.
And don't tell me it's good for the garden. I don't want it to be good for the sodding garden. It's overgrown and like a bloody jungle as it is.
Just send some sunshine please.
And warmth.
It would be nice to stop wearing 15 layers of winter clothes.

forgot to post

A couple of pics that I stuck on the old insta but forgot to put on here....cos we all love seeing the same old shit on every media platform 😆

Thursday, 6 June 2019

exam hell

We're a household in the middle of exam hell at the mo. The eldest is in the middle of her A levels. She is somewhat erratic with the revision and alternates between staring at her phone for hours on end and writing pages and pages of elaborate notes. 
Her bedroom is such a tip that she has now decamped to the dining table. It's completely covered in revision crap and we can no longer eat there.
She had a biology exam this morning so she stayed up all night to revise.
She is driving me mad.
Only 3 exams to go now though. In 11 days it will all be over.
Can't. Bloody. Wait.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

may 19

May pattern....
I've been doing these monthly round-ups for six actual years now! Blimey!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

nice weather for ducks

What's with all the April showers this week? It's nearly June for gawd's sake!

The youngest is away at camp. The eldest is either sleeping or staring at her phone in order to avoid very-late-in-the-day A level revision. So as Monday was a bank holiday, the other half and I squeezed in a cheeky trip to Saltaire. It was chucking it down. So we hid in a pub and stuffed our faces. Obvs.
And of course I paid a visit to the book shop in Salts Mill. Best. Shop. Ever.

I realised something while looking at all the fab kids books they have there. I like the simple books best. The board books. In my head I think I want to illustrate fancy picture books. Then people go on about expression and texture and movement and fiddly piddly detail and I try to be someone else. But really I just like a nice board book. Simple. Matt paper, not cheap and shiny. Nice colours. Quirky pictures. You have to do what you love really don't you?...

Sunday, 26 May 2019

spring bank holiday

You wait all year for a bank holiday then 3 come along at once.
Better get to the pub to celebrate then.

Thursday, 23 May 2019


I have retired.
From the school run 😜
After 15 years!
The eldest left school last week. The youngest walks to his school. My services are no longer required. Apart from for a few exams of course, I can't wriggle out of them. 
But maybe when they're over I'll swap my car for a funky thing on two wheels...

Friday, 10 May 2019

burger t-shirt day

I walk past the primary school on my morning dog walk. Today was some kind of non uniform day. Rex was just going into school. In his burger t-shirt. Apparently he didn't really want to wear his burger t-shirt. But he looked pretty cool anyway.
True story.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

icy blast

The calendar says "spring".
The weather outside says "autumn".
The temperature in my studio this morning says "arctic bloody winter".
For some reason all the radiators in the house are on full blast, as they have been since September, but the one in my studio is icy cold!
I have had to decamp to the breakfast bar 😩

Sunday, 5 May 2019

another bank holiday

Another long weekend? Don't mind if I do.
*switches alarm off and opens another bottle*

Thursday, 2 May 2019

frog procrastination

Drawing frogs.
Procrastination which I can actually convince myself is real work.
Well it IS.
Obvs 🤷🏼‍♀️