Monday, 28 November 2011

England festivities

I left work early on Friday to head to the airport for England. Leannes mum, Tania and Elise picked us up at Luton. 
This was the first weekend Lee and I have gone our separate ways. While I spent time in Milton Keynes with Leanne drinking many cups of tea, chatting, giggling, catching up and watching an Ann Widdecombe interview/documentary, Lee was off in Stoke watching the football with Craig and wee James, drinking ale and helping them put up their Christmas tree.

The annual switch on ceremony and children's lantern parade was on in Stony Stratford. Leanne and I were wrapped up warm while we stood watching the dancers and browsed around the vintage and handmade fair. As soon as it started to get dark, the crowd that had gathered outside York House started their parade down to the market square.

We followed the parade down to the market square and waited through the countdown and the switching on of the lights. As soon as they came on, we legged it back to the car and back towards the city centre for some Chinese for our dinner and then went over to the MK Theatre to watch Scrooge. We had so much fun at the theatre, the show was excellent with lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' from the audience and ginger and honey ice cream in the interval, double-sided mirror tricks, singing and dancing (who'd have imagined Scrooge as a musical?) and plenty of festivities.

Sunday morning, after sitting in ours in our pyjamas and drinking cups of tea for hours, we dressed ourselves and took a 2 hour walk along the canal passed Great Linford, then back again to her house. Just in time for a sandwich, more tea, some apple pie...and then Lee and Craig were with us and we were back to the airport again. The weekend went by in a flash.

It's always nice to be in Milton Keynes with my friends again.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


We've been hearing a lot of good news around here the last few days. I don't want to say just yet, but we're all really excited for a few big changes that're going to be happening in the next couple of months. Amidst all the excitement, I've really been struggling to keep this blog up to date. I've been questioning this whole blog business too. I've just not been sure if I want to keep it going. I will. But I've been unsure.


My evenings lately have mainly involved sewing excess threads of wool through my blanket, though I'm pretty sure that the first wash it gets, it'll probably all unravel. Still, I'm really proud of it, even if it does look like it was made by a pre-schooler.
Lee made us chef-y trout the day for lunch (top right). And I photographed my porridge. The amount of syrup I add must surely detract from the health benefits of the oats. 

That's all I have...

'til next xoxo

Monday, 14 November 2011

Rest in Peace Benny boy

Today was a sad one. Ben hadn't been doing well. He's not been responding to his insulin, he'd stopped eating but seemed to be getting fatter. Yesterday after his trip to the seaside he couldn't get out of the car again. 

He went to the vet today. 

Not only did he have diabetes, but there was cancer too and he had to be put down.

He was a good boy x


Monday, 7 November 2011

Sundays at the seaside

Aaah...Sunday morning lie-ins are so good. It's been a while since we just stayed in bed and kept on snoozing. We still got up in time to join the rest of the family on a drive out to Cushendun for our breakfast at Theresas Tea Room. The frys there are enormous. Not a lot beats a big fry and a cup of tea followed by a walk on a chilly beach.

Next stop was Carnlough for a stop in at the Mace for some ginger beer. We took a wee walk about while we were there. I always enjoy a stop in Carnlough. I can never go there without thinking of that first time there, tired and weary, slightly remorseful...cold...and how I'm now there with a husband and extra family. That always makes me happy.

Sunday, 6 November 2011


I finished my scarf, which I turned into a snood at the last minute, and before the really cold weather has set in! I did wear it today for our walk on the beach at Cushendun, but only because I'd been warned that it was really really cold. It wasn't though. It was a lovely day.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

It's been a bit of a funny week, not unpleasant, just funny. I've been unwell, better now, and also better for knowing that the end is in sight. Almost. 


We're eating pretty well around here.

Lee made us poached eggs this morning. Poached eggs on sautéed spinach with a Swiss Gruyère béchamel sauce. Delicious.