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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Our Thursday Photo #3

Well Lia will be 3 weeks old on Saturday. This is hubby’s last full week off work and he and my dad have been working on our decking for most of the week, we’re hoping it will be finished by next Monday before he returns to work on Tuesday. This has meant that I’ve been coping with these two monsters by myself for most of the week. They have both been exceptionally well behaved, but it is still rather exhausting, particularly when I’m not getting much sleep. I can’t help but look forward to Lia getting a little bit older…

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Just when I thought I had my hands full…

Not so many years ago, I used to take Soxa for a walk in the fields every day. She can be a bit of a nightmare on the lead sometimes so I felt like I had my hands full with her. Despite this, we decided that as we were both out at work quite a lot, it was time we got her a friend to keep her company when we were out. So along came Pluto.  Very sadly, the rescue that we got Pluto from thought he had been used as a bait dog for smaller dogs, so he has…

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Our Thursday Photo #2

After a difficult start with Lia, things are getting much better this week for our family. We are all over the sickness bug now and Lia seems to have escaped it. Libby is back into her clubs that she does in the mornings now, and Lia came with her to both her singing group at the library and her ballet class this week. I was lucky enough to have my sister Emma to help out at both, but I think I’ll just about manage both of them on my own this week.  Hubby is still off work, but he has…

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Learning my lesson in the kitchen

This blog post is a review of the Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri. But before I start, a confession and a bit of background. Confession: I have been an idiot all of my adult life. Fact. Background: As a child, I never really learnt to cook. That meant that my culinary skills developed at university, where I bought the most basic pots and pans and started to learn the basics of survival cookery. When I bought my own home, I didn’t have the money to buy furniture, let alone pots and pans and even now, I still have some of the…

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