Climbing Snowdon for Comic Relief with #TeamHonk

The 2nd March had been marked off on the calendar for quite a while, Mari’s Hen Party. With the school mums, the twin mums a few long standing friends and my sister in law to be we were going to hit the giddy heights of our local town, eat Italian and crawl the pubs to celebrate the last Saturday night before I got married as a hen.

Then #TeamHonk announced they would be climbing Snowdon that very day to raise money for Comic Relief, invitations to the blogging community went out to join them and I knew deep in my bones there was nothing I’d like more to do than spend my Saturday, most likely in the rain, walking up Snowdon with a great bunch of inspiring, intelligent and funny people.

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, actually my dream is to one day climb Machu Picchu but Snowdon will do perfectly for now. I’m not sure how many of us there are, possibly between 10 – 16 coming from all over the UK the common denominator is we all blog. Some of my fellow trekkers I have met on many occasions like Penny Alexander, others I am to meet for the first time.

I’d like to say an enormous and very special THANK YOU to all my mums who accepted my cancellation with grace and didn’t make me feel bad about it. We will get out soon enough I promise xxx


The climb is on Saturday 2nd March. We will be meeting at 8.30 for a 9am start – meeting place and route to be confirmed.


A waterproof coat (needed)
Waterproof trousers (recommended)
Warm clothes – fleecy jumper / trousers ( not jeans – they are crap if they get wet!)/ tshirt / warm socks and spares
Sturdy footwear / walking boots
Water bottle/thermos / lots of high energy snacks
Gloves / hat / scarf and spares
Penny and I will be bringing a map, compass, torch, whistle and first aid kit each but it you want to bring your own too that’s cool.

So I have a few bits to get like the waterproof trousers and coat, a decent rucksack would be a good investment and I might get a fleece too to go over my ski thermal underwear. Dressing in layers is the way forward I am told.

I’ll be leaving home on Friday afternoon to make my way towards Stoke on Trent by train where Penny will pick me and Danielle up and we’ll drive the rest of the way there and stay in the Youth Hostel at the bottom of the mountain.

That leaves me just one question to ask you –

Can you sponsor me please?

Any donation, even just £1, would help because if every reader were to leave £1 that would be a hell of a lot of pounds all going to Comic Relief and continuing the #goodwork they’ve been doing for the past 25 years.

Penny is one of my Panasonic Mums and here she is modelling one of their fridges, doesn’t she look cool? (Did you see what I did there?)

Penny Alexander checks out the Panasonic fridge

and here she is in Ghana assessing the days work at the Bakery

Penny Alexander about to break bread

That Tuesday when they were out in Ghana, I had an idea of the programs they would be featured on and here is me watching the show in the UK

#Teamhonk Comic relief

But more importantly here’s one of Penny’s shots of Jonathan Ross tirelessly on the phone, as was Davina, all day long reporting back to us in the UK the work and efforts being made in Ghana
jonathan ross on phone

Please be assured that any donation you make to my Red Nose Page will automatically be added to the #TeamHonk pot and we’d like to smash the target of £1000

Please share and spread the word xxx

My #TeamHonk postcard from Ghana!


Three fabulous bloggers, Mummy Barrow, Mammasaurus and Alexander Residence set off for Ghana on a mission to spread the word about Red Nose Day and the excellent work that Comic Relief has achieved over the past 25 years. Yes! It’s the special 25th anniversary and whilst they were visiting the projects, back in the UK everyone who is anyone took part in a massive #TeamHonk Mission.

We tweeted, Facebooked, Instagrammed watched the TV reportage and spread the news far and wide. I also took part in a fun BritMums Twitter party too reliving our favourite Red Nose Day memories … there was a lot of talk about snogging!

Today my #TeamHonk postcard has arrived and you’re going to go ‘Awwwwww, isn’t that baby cute?’ and what a beautiful mummy too.

Vaccine project Ghana #teamhonk

This is the vaccine project that receives funding from GAVI to provide a vaccination against diarrohea. I watched Jonathon Ross report from the Mother and Child centre yesterday morning on This Morning, he explained to the nation the info I found on GAVI website below

Diarrhoea is one of the leading child killers in the world – an estimated 751,000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases each year, accounting for 12% of under five deaths in GAVI-eligible countries. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe childhood diarrhoea in both developed and developing countries and results in more than 450,000 deaths each year.

Vaccination against rotavirus will make a significant impact on global efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) – reduce child deaths by two-thirds by 2015.

This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (;; during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork. 

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at

For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on

#TeamHonk - Marianne

A BIG thank you to Jayne at Mums The Word for creating my #TeamHonk photo for me xxx

I’m also entering this post to Tara’s The Gallery as she’s on the lookout for Red Noses today

the gallery photography sticky fingers

#TeamHonk #Goodwork celebrates 25 years of Comic Relief

Three amazing ladies are packing suitcases as I write and are about to go on an incredibly exciting mission.

They are off to Ghana for Comic Relief and Red Nose day to check with their own eyes the #goodwork that has been done so far thanks to YOUR continued generous donations.

Tanya Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander, three much loved members of the blogging community are #TeamHonk and with our help they are going to make an enormous BANG in cyberworld as they report back their findings over the next few days direct from Ghana.

I am dedicating as much space on Mari’s World this week as I can to their efforts, I will receive digital postcards, messages and I will Retweet every message I can. I will share on Facebook and well, you may get a little fed up of me but it is for a very good cause so I hope you will join me and RT, share and spread the word even further so the steps being taken here will reach the biggest audience possible

The week that was 365/5

Wow already on to week 5 and the year has started to pass us by, it’s February!

WHAT a week, Saturday saw the arrival of a long attended date in my diary, the Choccywoccydoodah meet up where a group of bloggers had put their money together to book up a visit to the London Secret Room and boy was it worth it!

Liberty LondonJust to prove I’m not all chocolate ALL the time, I took these snaps of Liberty as I hurried on my way to the meeting point. I adore this building and have a look inside whenever I can, check out the ship on the top of the building and the beautiful flowers always outside the front door.

Sunday I was ill, I had the Bug and for the first time I remember I didn’t even get dressed but lounged in my pyjamas all day. This bug has been particularly difficult to shift, it has made me feel weak and tired all week, maybe I should have had that flu jab offered to me in October after all? One thing I did do is put our old table on eBay for sale, something I’m not used to doing and reverted to Facebook during the week for tips on how to sell. I did sell it for £40, I wish I’d got a bit more but hey ho, at least it’s out of the way now.

vintage table

Monday – kids back to school and I have a long To Do list to catch up on including all the housework and ironing – plus I’m not feeling 100% yet so something will not get done. Some fabulous products arrive in the post to review by Seascape, Alice’s lips are red and sore after feeling poorly, I encourage her to use the Peppermint lip balm and it goes down a treat. We all have a go and give it the thumbs up.

seascape peppermint lip balm

Tuesday – I choose a WeightWatchers recipe for Salmon and prawn bake from the Fresh and Easy book and it’s very easy to make, only 6 Propoints and delicious too, even husband-to-be gives it the thumbs up

salmon and prawn bake

Wednesday – This lack of energy is persisting, I feel absolutely washed out this week. I cancelled Zumba on Monday and now swimming today. I’m hoping to get some of my drive back soon and stop feeling so washed out. The girls are studying fairy tales at school and this week it’s the turn of the Gingerbread Men and they proudly come home with their gingerbread biscuits.

gingerbread men biscuits

Thursday – Freezing cold weather and lots of rain too makes for evenings spent at home in the warm. Alice really enjoys using her white board she got for Christmas and wrote her name across the top. I then prompted her to write some other 3 letter words easily sounded using the phonics system. Mum, Dad, ted, pot, cat, dog (not finished!)

learning to write

Friday – End of a long and tiring week. I cancelled Bocwa (exercise class) too today as I’m far too behind on everything this week and need to spend the day catching up. But Kate the Social Media for Britmums reminds me it’s #Rockupinred day for the British Heart Foundation so I change into as many red pieces of clothing I can find and take my photo which is then published to my Facebook page and my Twitter timeline.

rock up in red BHF

One last important message this week is for #TeamHonk, Tanya Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander are off to Ghana for Comic Relief this week to show the #goodwork that is being done over there and report back to us. Please keep an eye out for it and help spread the good word.