new home! Wow!


Well, we moved house! The heating broke down almost immediately – fortunately we were able to get it fixed fairly cheaply and quickly. We were so happy to finally be here that it didn’t matter all that much.One of the many thigs that I like about this new home is this window.. from the days when house building had some style!


Last week I was mega busy. In my self employed world it’s one of my busiest weeks of the year which is why I have been absent from blogland.

The boxes are all unpacked – well almost! The garden is looking wonderful. Our bird visitors so far include black birds, robins and a wren. The latter is such a dainty bird. A real little treasure to see.

I’m sorry that i haven’t been reading many blogs that i follow in the last couple of weeks – hopefully life will  now begin to settle down and return to normal and i will have lots more reading time.


all boxed up…almost!


This is our home at the moment – boxes and boxes of books everywhere. I love books but I hadn’t realised just how many we have. A lot of them are second hand and a fair number were my dad’s. Obviously they go wherever I go. I need to find the time to read them!

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Up we go

Last friday steve and i walked across the 02 – what used to be called the Millenium Dome. I had bought the tickets as Steve’s birthday gift.

The dome isn’t that high – 52 metres – but there are parts of the walk that are steep. Hard work going up and just a little scary coming down. In fact I think climbing up is always a lot easier that going back down.

We loved it. The weather was cold and the blue sky disappeared but it didn’t rain. You have to wear a special suit and a harness so I think I’d rather do the climb in the cold than on a hot day.

The views of London take in Greenwich and the Thames Barrier. There is a viewing platform at the top where we got to wander and there was plenty of time to take in the view.

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getting caught in the rain


yesterday i spent the afternoon at my gardening job. I had two hours or weeding. This may sound awful but it was not too bad (and i do get paid some money!) Well anyway as soon as it was time to make for home i discovered two things. First, in the time it takes to put some gardening tools in a cupboard the weather can change from light infrequent spots of rain to a downpour of sleet combined with a raging wind that hurls it in your face. Secondly, i had no front door key.

I still had to start the half hour walk home – I was soaked within the first two steps so after that it doen’t really matter how far you have to go! I knew that there would be one teenager also soaked through who would need to be let in to the house. I met my son on my walk home – he had beaten me to the front door and had given up and was walking to his grandparents.

We finally got inside after a fairly frantic call to husband Steve. He always has a key. He is organised.

At about 5pm I set off to meet my daughter – and just as I stepped outside it started to pour again. I am really hoping it stays dry today as we are walking over the 02 later on – Steve’s belated birthday gift.

Anyway the real news this week is that we got the key to the allotment. So here it is. There is evidence of a few abandoned leeks and carrots and the weed looking things are actually the left over stalks of courgette or pumpkin plants. Not a bramble in sight.

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Time for a giveaway! – toddler group resource


Still time to enter. :)

Originally posted on Let their light shine!:

A few months ago I won a giveaway on a blog. It was a lovely surprise. So I’ve decided to do a giveaway of my own. It will be a copy of the Toddler Group Bible Storytime Book and a few nice surprises.


We will post anywhere in the world!

To enter just leave a comment. We will draw a winner out of a hat. (I’ll post photos – we won’t cheat!)

The book has stories and craft and play ideas for under three’s.

Oh, and you have till Jan 31 2015 to enter.

The winner will recieve a message and be asked to provide a current address after 31 Jan 2015. Please don’t put your address in the comments.

Thank you!


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ooh look …

When we left the house yesterday we were chatting away until we spotted this


Isn’t it lovely? A 1974 Ford Escort in black. For sale. The guys from the garage spotted us and we stopped for a quick chat. Apparantly there aren’t many black 1974 ford escorts still on the road. I can well believe it.