Planning our ultimate garden party

As I may have mentioned (once or twice!), my dad and hubby are currently decking our back garden. It’s a lovely big area, but owing to being on a slope it was pretty much unusable. I’ve had the house for 11 years now and it has taken this long to find the money to get it done. We are also getting all our windows replaced and, at long last, getting patio doors put in. They will open out onto the decking and open up a whole world of possibilities for us and the kids. As you can imagine, I will owe…

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Our Thursday photo #5

This week’s photo is of the girls enjoying the long awaited sunshine that seems to be gracing us with its presence! Yesterday was Libby’s birthday, so we left the bouncy castle up on the decking so that she could play on it again today. Of course, baby sister had to play on it with her too!  Lia has started smiling now but I suspect it will be a good few weeks before I can manage to catch a smile on camera! so for now I’m happy to have them looking pleased to be together. 

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Happy Birthday Libby

Yesterday was Libby’s second birthday. I can’t believe where the last two years have gone and I’m so proud of the lovely little girl she has grown into. The last few days have been really busy with the new baby, a trip to Swansea, a wedding, a job assessment for me and a hospital appointment for Libby. As you can imagine, this didn’t leave much time for baking, so I unashamedly cheated when it came to Libby’s birthday cake. I had intended to bake a train cake, and popped over to chat to my sister about it while she was home because…

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Our Thursday Photo #4

We are finally arriving at that point with Lia where she goes through periods of being alert and looking around rather than just either feeding or sleeping. This makes life a little bit easier during the day, I am just about managing to keep going with Libby’s usual routine, just feeding Lia for a few minutes at a time and she is fitting in with what we’re doing. I’m finding the evenings really difficult, cooking tea whilst Lia screams and Libby tries to get my attention is difficult. Libby does help in the kitchen occasionally but it’s not always what…

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Monkey has an operation

Things are really busy around here at the moment and next week they are set to get even busier. On Tuesday, we have an appointment at the eye hospital for Libby for a pre-operation check-up. Wednesday is her second birthday and the following week, she is provisionally booked in to have an operation on her eyes to correct her squint.  Because the eyes operate separately from each other, she often appears cross-eyed. This means that she will never be able to see in three dimensions (it is too late to correct that), but the operation will aim to stop her…

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Something for nothing

It is very rare these days to get anything for free, but foraging is the one thing that can really bring you something amazing for nothing more than a little time and patience. Luckily enough, some of my favourite foraged items grow wild in my dad’s garden. Earlier in the year, I made quite a few cheap meals using wild garlic including risotto, omelette and quiche. Much as I love wild garlic though, the goldmine of foraging is what’s available now; elderflowers.  Dad let me know yesterday that his elderflowers were ready so I popped out and bought all the…

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Treasure in the post

Libby and I have reviewed a few Zoe and Beans books in the past and we are always delighted to received our books to review. Today though, receiving a Zoe and Beans book in the post was more exciting than ever.  The latest Zoe and Beans Book by Chloe Inkpen and Mick Inkpen is called Zoe and Beans Pirate Treasure! To our delight, when we got home from our walk this morning, the book had arrived, along with some of our very own hidden treasure!  In the book Zoe, Beans and Oscar have an adventure on the beach. Right at…

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