Not so silent Sunday

I went to a Motorola event this week and I came home with a brand new Motorola RAZRi which I have fallen completely and utterly in love with. you all know I am no geek when it comes to gadgets so I went to my local EE store and asked them to help set me up and they transferred over all my data from the old phone.

Checking through the photos and data transferred over I found this gem which really, really makes me laugh I hope it does you too


Happy Sundays everyone :D

Playing outdoors fun

On these short winter days it’s too easy to sit indoors in front of the TV and loll about lazily dipping into the chocolate tin or the biscuits, the fact that it’s cold outside is often enough for me to turn my nose up and turn my interests to something else, cooking, needlework, reading – computer!

BUT it’s not long before my girls are tearing the house apart and I realise they need to run off some steam – quickly! That or I lose any sense of tidiness in my house.

A trip to the park starts with a shoes/boots, coats, hats, gloves, scarves rigmarole that takes the best part of 15 minutes and I mustn’t forget myself either as I won’t be thanked for wanting to leave early because I can’t feel my hands any more.

However the minute they see the park they are already cheering from the back seat and itching to get out of their seats first. I now, to avoid arguments, unlatch them both from the front seat and let them climb down by themselves whilst I get out and open their doors.

I hardly see anything of them whilst we’re there, they run from the slide to the steps back up in quick continuation not even stopping to have their runny noses wiped, laughing and ‘wee-ing’ at the top of their voices. They mix with the other children – today we met Lucy from preschool up there and everyone got quite tearful when it was time to leave.

I stood at the bottom of the slide chiding mine to move off the slide when they were taking too long and making sure they weren’t pushing in (we learn all about queueing right from the minute we start socialising in this country!) and I speak to the other parents too.

Today a guy I recognised was there with his two girls, slightly older than mine, and he came over ‘Hello! How are you?’ I replied with a big smile asking him the same whilst racking my brains as to who he was. We chatted about New Year, Christmas and it was all very friendly but I couldn’t for the life of me remember who the hell he was. I looked to his gorgeous girls for inspiration – nothing!

It was only as I was bundling the girls back in the car it dawned on me ‘Heath! The tiler who did our bathroom back in 2010!

Just proving I haven’t lost all  of my recognitive skills just yet :)

Anyway, little cheeks pinked up and eyes shining with glee I think playing outdoors has been a hit and I am resolving to fight the bitter cold and do it more often but I shall wear my Hi Tec boots next time and stay snug for a lot longer.

I’m entering the competition on Coombe Mill for a family holiday – have a peak and see if it’s for you too

A to Z of me

Benetton anorakAnother Link up but I quite liked this one as the questions are a little different from usual – take a look and if you want to be tagged leave a comment below and I’ll add you as you never know who wants to do these things or not.

ANORAK…Do you have a sad side? I am no anorak and sometimes I wish I was especially when it comes to SEO, WordPress and HTML but here’s my anorak which i really am fond of
BODY…What physical attribute would you most like to change?  Right now, I’d like to tighten up my tummy and get back into a size 10 but that would mean having to buy a whole new wardrobe which I can’t afford so I’ll stick to eating chocolate in the meantime :)

CELEBRITY…Which one would you most like to date and why?  Johnny Depp because he’s gorgeous and had such a fabulous crazy life because he loves his wife and kids and because I believe he’s just a normal guy doing his job.

DEBUT …Tell us about your first ever blog post. What made you start blogging? You can find it here and it’s not very good as it was all very new to me, I just jumped straight in without any research at all. I wanted to  improve my writing with the desire of one day writing a book – now I haven’t got time to write a book as I’m too busy blogging!

ERROR …What’s been your biggest regret?  Having to leave my children behind in Italy whilst I made a new life for myself here in the UK.

FUNNY – who’s making you laugh? Jonathon Ross, James Cordon, Michael McIntrye, the funny guy from up North

GRAND…If we gave you one right now what would you spend it on?  Actually I need about 20 grand to renovate my kitchen but with £1000 I’d probably invest it in a caravan for all our future holidays

HOLIDAY… What’s your favourite destination?   sun sea sand and nice and hot, a swimming pool would be good too

IRRITATE… What’s your most annoying habit?  OH would say forgetfulness….I think

JOKER…Whats your favourite joke {the one that makes you laugh everytime you hear it}? I forget them all so they all make me laugh again and then I go ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard that one!’ Maybe that’s another annoying trait of mine?

KENNEL… Do you have any pets?  Not currently but have had cats, dogs and fish

LOVE…Are you single, married, engaged, living with a long term partner?  Living with my long term partner, maybe we’ll get married one day but we’d need at least £8000 to do that I reckon.

MEAL… Whats your ultimate starter, main and dessert? Oh God. That’s difficult because I adore my food. Starter, fish maybe, can I see the menu? Main – I’d have to see the menu, Dessert – Possibly the chocolate option but again I’ll have to see the menu first

NOW…If you could be anywhere right now where would you be and who with? On a Disney Cruise around the Caribbean with ALL of my family – all expenses paid of course!

OFF DUTY…What do you do in your spare time?  Blog. Cook, needlework, DIY, Gardening, ironing, reading…. what spare time?

PROUD MOMENTS …What are you most proud of?  I’m proud of how far I’ve come with my blog and am excited to see where it takes me. I couldn’t go to work so I have created something that’s all mine and no one can take that away.

QUEASY …What turns your stomach? Probably puss, gore and disgusting smells

RELAX…How do you relax?  I lie down and close my eyes and maybe listen to music if not just listen to the world spin round

SONG…Whats your favourite song of all time?  I don’t know, I never remember the titles but I do love anything from the 80’s Mr Brightside by The Killers and Amy Whitehouse’s stuff she had a fabulous voice

TIME …If you could go back in time and relive it again, when would you choose?  I’d have loved to have seen the Mayan civilisations living and to have been a part of them, must have been a spiritual and magical time

UNKNOWN…Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows?  I’ve done this before and I’m so open I think everyone knows everything about me by now

VOCAL…. Who is your favourite artist?  Can’t nail it down to one only I’m afraid

WORK….. What is your dream job, and are you doing it now?  I don’t know, I haven’t had a steady career I’ve always done what I could at that moment in time and it seems to have worked. My favourite job of all time was this one. I’ll wait and see what the future has to offer me

XRAY…Any broken bones? Touch wood NO! The thought scares me

YIKES…What’s been your most embarrassing moment?  Last time I mentioned an embarrassing moment it when round Twitter so this time I’ll say getting to the till and discovering I didn’t have enough money to pay

ZOO…. If you were an animal, which one would you be? I don’t like the idea of animals kept in a zoo, I prefer them to live in their natural habitat. I couldn’t bear to be caged in but if I had to choose possibly a feline? A panther? Not sure



I missed Tara’s The Gallery this week, after a day in London I needed the whole of Wednesday to catch up on boring stuff like ironing, cleaning bathrooms and shopping so we have food to eat. However her link is still open and there’s a fabulous prize which I probably won’t win BUT seeing as I had prepared a photo for her AND I can still use it – why not?

The prompt was mustachioed, thanks to Laura at Are We Nearly There Yet Mum? and the first moustache to come to my mind was the milk advert a few years back; remember Naomi Campbell, goddess of the catwalk with a milk moustache? I loved it and seeing as we get milk moustaches every day here is Alice in all her glory just for you Tara

Now pop over and see all of the other entries

V Festival 2007


Now here’s something we can’t do anymore and occasionally it’s one of the things I really miss as I love the atmosphere at Festivals, they make my soul sing and my heart open with joy. In fact I was quite late in discovering music Festivals having spent the best part of my youth in Italy where stuck up a mountain these things were few and far between – not that we didn’t have other fantastic things to do of course.

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So it wasn’t until I met Paul that I discovered them. We’d be going out for about 5 months when he first mentioned V Festival, in all honesty I didn’t have a clue what he was on about but I’m always open to new experiences and said i’d love to go along with him. That first year 2005 we chose to return home after the Saturday and travel by train back in the next day which was a shame as to catch all of the connections we had to miss the last 20 minutes of the main band but hey, we learnt form that mistake and the following years booked camping tickets which is The Best Fun Ever – trust me!

There’s nothing quite like turning up in a long queue of excited music lovers eager to get out and pitch their tents. There’s no seeking out the best spot at a festival; the most important things to bear in mind are 1. not too near the loos as they get disgusting, 2. try and get close to a fence to avoid drunks falling over you as they wander aimlessly in the middle of the night through the camp 3. Remember in which direction you parked your car, it will be very helpful on Monday morning.

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We invested in a trolley to help us cart all of our belongings deemed necessary for this weekend party and by mid morning our tent was pitched and our bacon was cooking on our camp stove. we spent a weekend listening to favourite bands, new bands, bands that you’d think would NEVER make it and they did, and others who you thought were clear runners for top of the charts who you have never heard of since. I spotted stars walking in the mud, stag parties, hen parties, tea ladies, weirdos and all sorts, it’s a brilliant place to people watch.

When The Killers came on stage last band to play on the Sunday I knew I was in the right place. I watched the stage mesmerised, their music took hold of me completely and I swayed with the crowd shouting out the words with the best of them. I had previously gone alone to the bar to get myself that ‘last glass of wine’ having left Paul with his work mates who we’d managed to meet up with, ‘I’ll be back, don’t worry about me!’ I admonished, ‘you’re by the pylon, I can’t miss you!’

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I did, I made my way back to the wrong pylon, one across from them but I was so taken with The Killers, I thought to myself ‘No worries, I’ll find them as soon as this is over.’ and started to enjoy the show. A hundred meters to my right Paul was looking around frantically, worried as to where I was, his friends were urging him to go and find me so he was also getting a tiny bit annoyed that I was ruining his Killer show too.

I’m sorry Paul. I really didn’t need that last glass either did I? I managed to lose my pashmina scarf on that single bar trip which I’m still gutted about but that’ll teach me to curb my drinking won’t it? Won’t it?

Thanks Karin once again for letting me indulge in my past and sharing one of my favourite memories. For many more Flashbacks head over to Cafe Bebe, it’s a lovely peek into other people’s lives

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