Thursday, 31 May 2012


It chucked it down for the little man's school Jubilee Day. They had to have an indoor street party.
It was still the best day ever though. The highlight, apparently, was a whole school conga....with Alf at the front...or so he says...

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

red white and blue

Where did THAT half term go? The kids break up tomorrow! Again!
They both have to go to school in red white and blue for jubilee parties. Luckily my mum knows I'm rubbish and she has kitted them both out with suitable attire. 
Just need something for me then... for the street party on Saturday. I don't generally do red white and blue. Just black grey and denim...I prefer it that way...

Sunday, 27 May 2012


I had a BRILLIANT weekend!
Saw LOADS of people I haven't seen for ages. Drank lots. Ate lots. Stayed up late.
AND it was super sunny! ALL weekend :-)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

sewing in the sun

The autumn design I did today was mostly hand embroidered 'cos it looked better that way. Not at all because the computer screen is hard to see in bright glaring sunshine. Not at all because I wanted to sit in the garden. Definitely not. Nope, it just lent itself to a bit of hand embroidery. That's all.

Monday, 21 May 2012

what season is it?

Started A/W 13/14 today.... just as the sun finally comes out and soaring temperatures are predicted to arrive... excellent....

Sunday, 20 May 2012

good weekend

Today was the baby shower. Turns out it was at her sister's house....two streets away from ours. Me and the big one walked round. I had a few glasses of rose and lots of rather nice food. Had to play a few daft games but they weren't too bad. Especially after copious amounts of wine. I love baby showers I do....

Thursday, 17 May 2012

baby shower

I have so far in my life managed to avoid attending a baby shower. It hasn't been too hard to be honest. They didn't exist in this country till a couple of years ago. They were just events that Americans felt the need to throw. 
And I have only ever been invited to three. The first time I made up some fabulous and possibly far-fetched excuse. The second one cancelled 'cos she couldn't be arsed with a load of drunk women in her living room when she was sober and 8 months pregnant. The third one is on Sunday. The other half says I have to go. It's his nephew's girlfriend. His family will be offended if I make up another wild excuse. To be fair I really like her. But honestly? A baby shower? What's the point? I don't get it? 
Anyway I have now resigned myself to the fact that my Sunday afternoon will be wasted and have dredged up a bit of enthusiasm with the creation of a fabulous gift. The baby will be a girl and her nursery will be fully kitted out in Mamas and Papas Scrapbook. As the brilliant Auntie who created these characters it was only right I should make a bespoke little t-shirt for the little flower. 
I will of course tell her not to wash it cos it will, no doubt, be ruined. The edges will fray and the print bits will more than likely come off. Probably best therefore that she doesn't actually wear it! Great present Auntie Dawn!


Tuesday, 15 May 2012


Well the votes have been counted and I can reveal.....
I have booked it!!
Christmas at Center Parcs here we come!
No dashing around to visit everyone this year. No making the kids leave their presents to dash off somewhere else. No arguments over the other half going to the pub on Christmas Day. No sulking till Boxing Day. No repeat of the whole thing the day after Boxing Day when we go to the brother-in-law's. Yes to having a glass of wine with my Christmas dinner 'cos no I won't be driving anywhere.
Might even upgrade to champagne!
We told the kids. The big one is so excited she's already written a list of things to take with her!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

away for christmas?

My sister and her family are going away for Christmas. They normally do. They go to Florida. They like it there. This year she's invited my Mum and Dad. Which leaves me with a decision to make. Do we go to the mother-in-law's like we did last year, have an argument about the other half going to the pub with all the other menfolk and end up not speaking till the day after Boxing Day....or do we bugger off to Center Parcs - the kids' favouritest place in the whole world ever? On our own? Just us four for Christmas?

Friday, 11 May 2012


Conversation over breakfast....."Do you know that Charlotte Jackson's Uncle's parrot swears?"
No actually, I didn't even know Charlotte Jackson's uncle had a parrot. In fact I didn't know that Charlotte Jackson even had an uncle...

Loving the way I say "over breakfast" like we sit there all together round the table eating bacon and croissants and sipping orange juice as a family every morning....when in reality it was the kids eating toast whilst I frantically tried to make their packed lunches, nagging them to hurry up 'cos we're gonna be late.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

long weekend

This weekend I...
*Saw the Vaccines in Blackpool. They were ace. Stayed overnight. The other half puked all the way home due to excessive alcohol consumption. He never learns.
*Took the kids swimming with my sis.
*Packed the little one off to Big Camp with the Beavers.
*Went to the Saltaire Arts Trail where arty types opened their front doors and had a bit of an art gallery in their front room. Very odd. Especially the house with the overly floral wallpaper which, in my opinion, clashed terribly with the paintings.
The other half was happy, he's always wanted to have a nosey in the cottages around Salts Mill. The big one was mortified at the thought of going into a stranger's house to look at pictures.
*Packed the big one off to Grandma's and had a night in the pub. The other half was struggling with his beer. Maybe he learnt his lesson this time?
*Collected the tired Beaver from Big Camp. Grumpy all day.
*Did my bit for charity selling cakes on the Reuben and Friends stall at the May Day Fair. It proper chucked it down. The whole 3 hours. We were soaked. So were the buns. No-one likes a soggy bun do they!
*Ate 6 Krispy Kreme donuts....left over from our cake stall. SOMEONE had to eat them! They were in Krispy Kreme quality boxes so not soggy. Bonus :-)

Thursday, 3 May 2012

trip to the seaside

Tomorrow me and the other half are leaving the kids and the dog with my Mum and Dad and hot-footing it to Blackpool to see The Vaccines. Staying overnight and everything! How very exciting! Guess the weekend starts here! *opens can of lager*

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

and the winner is....

The little one went to play out so the big one did the honours....the names went in the hat and the sticker giveaway winner is.....
Helen Harkawenko!
Well done Helen, email me your address and I'll post them off to you x 

last chance

Last chance to join in the giveaway chaps....Alfonzo will be pulling a name out of a hat tonight when he gets home from school.... enter here or here....