Today I received an email asking if I wanted to feature an infographic in my blog. The infographic is about looking after your pets and the theme is that “love is not enough”. It is genuinely amazing what people do for their pets, including us. As you may have noticed from my previous blog posts, the dogs really are part of the family. Where possible, they are included in our days out. When Soxa had a stroke, my husband took a day off work to stay with her and take her to the vets. Libby is even doing a 1KM walk…

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A few years ago, I competed in a few triathlons and took part in a few quite long open water swims including a 10km river swim and a 3 mile sea swim. My last open water swim was two years ago, just a 1500 metres in the river at the start of a triathlon. I have been meaning to get back into the water for the last few weeks, but I kept putting it off for one reason or another. This morning though, a friend of mine sent me a text to say that she was going for a swim…

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This morning the weather was reasonable and Libby was in a good mood, so we headed off to see the ducks and play on the park. We went with my mum, who was really excited to show Libby all the ducklings.  Mum went to the park a few days ago and there was one mother duck with 11 ducklings. It was with a combination of disappointment and horror that she realised that there are now only seven. We watched the ducks for a while and then headed off on our merry way to play on the slide. That’s when we…

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I have recently written a post about making gin to give to people as presents. It’s now nearly time to start foraging for the ingredients, which has given me a bit of a taste for the whole idea. So, this year I will be making as many of my presents as I can. I would also love to get Libby involved in at least some of the things that I make. This will be done in the free time that I don’t have. The ingredients and materials that I need will be purchased with the money I haven’t got. That’s…

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So, here we are in 2013. That means that it’s nearly 10 years since I first bought this house. I was 23 when I bought it. The house was too big for me on my own to be able to afford or renovate, and it needed some work doing. I’ve since moved out of the house but didn’t sell it, then moved back in here with my husband in February of last year. Now that we are living here as a family, it’s a fantastic place to be, ideal for the three of us with plenty of space and a…

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So, barbecue season is upon us! Oh no, my mistake, it isn’t. But it should be, and I’m feeling unusually optimistic that it will be soon! Last summer, our barbecues were impromptu, disorganised and, quite frankly, a bit crap. So this year, as a one-off, once in a lifetime, never to be repeated exercise, I’m planning this year’s barbecues. I’ve made a list and I do believe I’ve cracked it. This year’s barbecues are going to be a different story! So here is my ten-step guide to avoiding the sort of barbecues we had last year! Meat: Buy the best…

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