Thursday, 26 June 2014

hook a duck

My sister volunteered our services at the Cub's summer fair. We were given control of the hook-a-duck stall. It wasn't strictly hook-a-duck. It was hook-a-paper-bag-with-a-picture-of-a-duck-on-it. It was so easy that our prizes ran out after 45 minutes and we were free. Result! 
The woman on the next stall wasn't so lucky. She got the Hoopla. This involved throwing a hoop over some tins of food and winning what it landed on. As no-one in their right mind would possibly want to win a tin of supermarket own brand sausage casserole her stall wasn't so popular. Shame.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

football crazy

As we speak the other half is watching the England match in the pub. I'm watching it at home with the little one. I say watching... I'm not really paying that much attention. And the little one is doing more talking than watching. And bouncing about on the sofa. Still....we're watching enough to know we're losing. Again.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


I booked flights to Spain this week. Yay, sunshine! 
We go the last 2 weeks of the school hols. If I'd got the little one to nick off the first day back it would've saved us 200 quid. But I just couldn't do it. I'm so square. I always play by the rules. Even when it means forking out an extra £200 for the sake of ONE DAY! 
I think I need to learn to live a little don't I!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

fathers day

For Father's Day the lovely children bought the other half a voucher for the cycle shop he likes at Salts Mill. Which meant we had to go there and spend it today. As luck would have it Salts Mill is my fave place in the world. What clever children!
Happy Father's Day to my lovely Dad... and the other half... and all the other Big Daddies out there x

Sunday, 8 June 2014

football in the rain

The other half helps organise a football tournament every year to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice in memory of his friend Ken. We usually have fabulous weather. This year we had the wettest day in the history of the world ever. Like from heavy rain to torrential downpours then back to heavy rain. For the whole 4 hours.
Thank god for the chap who brought a pop up tent. I think it was meant to be for the players to keep their stuff in. But we stole it and made it into the VIP tent. We could still see a bit of the football...but to be honest once you've seen one game of old blokes playing football in the rain you've seen them all.
We were glad to get to the pub afterwards. 
....And then the sun came out!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


I've been at a funeral all day. It was my friend's mum's funeral. She was called Chris but we always called her Hetty. She would've been 90 this year. But she wasn't like a 90 year old. She was really young. When she was about 70 she used to organise trips to Ireland for the old folks. Some of them were younger than her! She was full of life right up to the very end. She wrote her autobiography a couple of years ago and had it published. And only this year she was driving home from the hospital after having blood tests and she passed a garage. She stopped and traded in her car for a new Mini Cooper!
Her book was called "A Life Well Lived" and we should all take a leaf from it! 
Night night Hetty, you'll be missed x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

and the winners are....

Alfonzo took the hat (Bob) off his head long enough for me to stick all the names in it. I put them in from my blog and from my facebook page and gave them a good shuffle and he picked out these two....
So Jayne and Fhiona email me at with your address and your stickers will be in the post.
Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments xx

surtex report

I wrote a blog post on our Dotty Wren Studio blog about our fab trip to New York...if anyone is interested go have a nosey here
And don't forget the big sticker giveaway! Alf will be pulling a name out of his hat (Bob) tonight....