Wednesday, 18 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - RELAXATION

How do you relax? Do you go for a run or kick back with a book? Everyone's concept of relaxation is different and the key is to find what works for you. 

Relaxation for me is about getting my Pyjamas on and chilling on the bed for the rest of the evening. The boys either choose to gather round and chat or watch what ever program we might be watching. Or work on their own little thing. Brendan is currently sat next to me sketching mushrooms! 
Often they find their own way to unwind and that can mean wanting time alone. Kenzie is lay in bed watching you tube. 
Everyone is calm and relaxed and doing what they find relaxing. 

I am about to go out which I would not normally do in the evening. I like to be at home. But tonight I am off to do some crafting in the village pub with friends. It is another way for me to relax. Ideally I would be down the pub in my pyjamas and slippers .... but that ,might be frowned upon!

I like the idea of meditation but my mind wonders and I find myself mulling over what I should have said to someone or what I am going to make for dinner. I just don't seem to be able to clear my mind. I manage better with guided meditation but I never seem to make time for it.

I tell you what I always have time for though... tea and chocolate! That has to be the most relaxing thing for me!

So what makes you feel calm and relaxed? I would love to hear your thoughts.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - QUOTES

I am utterly lost with this prompt. I really didn't know where to go with "Quotes". So I had a little think and I came up with a little bit of fun. Fancy playing a game?

I will share some of my favourite quotes and you guys can post in the comments where you think they came from!
I am a geek so most of this will be Sci-Fi related!


  1. I love my captain!
  2. Make it so
  3. Smoke me a kipper.... I'll be back for breakfast!
  4. Roads, where we're going we don't need roads
  5. Never give up, Never surrender!
  6. Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
  7. 69 dudes
  8. Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporises rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
  9. Honey, where's my super-suit.
  10. Tell me your deepest desire! 
How many can you get? If you get them all then you are a geek just like me! Welcome to the club!

Monday, 16 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - PHOBIAS

Phobias..... I am not really scared of many things. I am in no way a big brave soul either, but I don't have many day to day fears. I love bugs and reptiles. Birds are my friends, heights make me a bit dizzy but I wouldn't say I was scared of them!

Big spiders.... and I mean the sort that crawl in the house during Autumn and decide to run across your floor or worse still..... your BED! WITH YOU IN IT!! They can stay away from me! I guess I am actually scared of them. I will not touch them and run the other way if I see one. I worry about them being in my room at night and if I see one then I will not rest until it has been shown the door.... via the window!

I don't know why they bother me. They are no different from little spiders. But I guess you can see their fangs and hairy legs in more detail when they are bigger. If they were not an ominous black colour then I would probably like them more. If I imagine a pink or purple spider of that size then it doesn't seem to worry me as much.


Ok..... actually that is not as great as I had imagined!


 I did actually hold a tarantula at  Easter this year! 40 years I have been building up to that! It was a bit scary and I am sure if she had crawled on my hand rather than sat still I might have panicked a little. 

I guess the one thing that really does scare me though is being buried alive! I think it stems back from a comic my brother had when I was little. He is 6 years older than me and had these spooky comic books. One story was a bout a guy locked in a tomb and forgotten about. All that was found years later was his bones and scratch marks on the lid of the casket. EWWWWWW!!!!
I can't stand anything that leaves a person with such a sense of doom and hopelessness. I can not watch any film that has an element of this. 
I hate small spaces too. I can't even sleep in a sleeping bag. Far too enclosed!

So those are my fears! I guess worse still would be trapped in a small tomb filled with big spiders......

ok I will stop now before I totally freak myself out!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - OLD PHOTOS

I love old photos. My dad has always been in to photography and spent a lot of time taking pictures of us a child. A camera became something I always carried and I am so glad I had this role model in my Dad! The pictures I have of school friends and childhood are precious and fantastic to look back on as adults when our paths cross again..... 30 odd years later.

The old photos of my children amaze me. How has the time passed so fast. I find it hard to remember so much about their childhood, yet in m any ways it only feels like last week?  Brendan's voice started to break back in August and I can't remember how he sounded before.
The changes happen so quick and we just don't see them happen when we see that person every day.

I thought I would share some of my fave old pictures with you. For old times sake!

The first is a picture of me as a toddler.... the second is Kenzie at around the same age. He is my clone! In nature and in looks.



Brendan was 2 months Premature and so very tiny! He is now just under 6ft and still growing! 15 years have whizzed past so very fast! 



I love this old photo of Kenzie. It shows our love of nature no mater what the weather! He was desperate to get outside in the rain. Any why not! T-shirt and a nappy on and sooooo very happy!


And a picture I love of me aged 3ish and in Canada visiting family! Love the dress and love the coat! Love it all!


Saturday, 14 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - NOVELS

This title needed clarifying to me as I was unsure as to what point a book becomes a novel. I always believed it to be about book length but It has been shown to me that it is more about content. It has to be non-fiction to be a novel and is a story without pictures. 

I was glad to hear this as I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan and I have read all of his books...... NOVELS!



It was a sad day when I learnt we had lost him from this world. I still can't get my head around the fact that there will never be anther book from him. That his amazing mind and imagination has gone for good. I am just so grateful that he shared so much of the world inside his head, with us. The Discworld is a real place in my mind now too. The characters and places all have a strong visual image etched in to my mind. 


The boys bought me a cool book for Christmas that I still need to look through properly.  It is the Complete Discworld Atlas and it includes a map of the whole world. Information on each continent. Beautifully illustrated, bringing the Discworld alive in a way never before seen.


I wish I could tell you my favourite book but sadly I can not. I finish each one with sadness that it is over but excitement to jump right in to the next! I particularly enjoy the books set in Lancre. Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are such strong characters, battling to protect their world and fighting mythical beasts that are very real in the Discworld. Elves braking through the veil between their world and the mountain kingdom of Lancre, causing "mischief". 

If you have never read a Terry Pratchett book and you enjoy fantasy reading then give him a try! You do not need to read the books in order but it is helpful to do so! 


Friday, 13 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - MOVIES

I don't watch much tv or many movies. We do tend to watch the Marvel movies though.
I have found the last few to be very much focused on the action and lots of slow mo or sped up fight scenes which have left me feeling a bit motion sick at the cinema and end up looking quite blurred.

One movie seems to stand out though and that is the new "Spiderman Homecoming". I watched it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time round.
The Spiderman character seems more true to his comic book version and the humour is endless. He is less intense than the past Peter Parker's and seems to have really had fun with the role. The writers have done a great job of portraying his relationship with Tony Stark and as two Characters that seem to have a lot of humour written in to their scripts, they bounce off each other brilliantly! Add Mr Happy to the mix and it is just perfect!



It felt more likely that the Character was a young lad and not a man pretending to be a lad. His best mate and him working together to beat the bad guys while still building their Lego Deathstar!

Many scenes stick in my mind as my personal most enjoyable moments. The first is when the "Training wheels" protocol has been disabled from his suit and he has no idea how to control his webs. The narrative between him and his suits on-board AI, Karen,  during this scene had me giggling all the way through! Before you know it he is talking life and love with Karen while looked in a Damage control warehouse for the night. A lovely nod to the Tony Stark and Jarvis scenes in Ironman.

The other scene is earlier in the film when you see a montage of "The friendly neighbourhood Spiderman" helping out the residents of Queens. Nothing grand and heroic that you would expect from the superheros we have been seeing on our screens.  Depicting him showing a lost traveler directions and saving cats from trees! It is a really lighthearted take on heroism!

Later on his interrogation skills show just how bad he is at this "superhero" stuff and reminds you how old his character is meant to be. His Enhanced Interrogation mode leaves him fumbling and his suspect seems to guide him through the correct way to extract information!

This movie is up there with Ant man  if you ask me! Entertaining from start to finish and no motion sickness and matrix style slow mo's!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

#BLOGTOBER17 - LOVE

This is an easy post for me. Lee and I have been together for 17 years. It has not all been easy or plain sailing. I found out I was pregnant 9 months after meeting him and he was going through a divorce. We had to find somewhere to live and his ex left him with a huge divorce bill and a bank account debt she had run up buying clothes on the "never never". 
 Becoming parents so fast was a challenge and as you will have read in my earlier post "Babies" it didn't start smoothly. 

Somewhere along the way we lost "us" and just seemed to take each other for granted. 
In the last 2 years we have re-found our relationship. Made more time for each other and we make sure we tell each other how we feel. I get lovely messages every day from him while we are working and I send messages back. We check we are happy and speak from the heart. 

After so many years together we decided to hold a ceremony to link us in a more symbolic way. We are not religious and have always said that having the children was a bigger commitment to each other than any wedding could be. 

So we chose to hold a Handfasting. A Pagan joining. 


Our good friends agreed to officiate the ceremony and we invited all our family and friends. The ceremony was held in the Forest School area that I helped to set up. It is a place that holds great meaning for me. 



The after party spilled out on to the village green and it had a very British summer feel to the whole event! Even topped off with a cricket match playing in the background.



It was an amazing moment and the sharing of rings meant so much. People brought a dish of food to share for our bring and share supper. There were hay bale sofas, bunting, throws and cushions to relax on. Toys for the children to play, henna tattoos being drawn on people and music playing. 



Everyone who came said that they had never been to such an amazing ceremony before and many wished they had had done the same for their weddings. It drew people in to nature and a more Earthwise way of being. Our boys were included in the ceremony and had the job of holding a ring each. We wanted them to be included in everything.


The most important thing was that Lee and I made a day to celebrate "US"! Our amazing family and friends came together and organised in a way I just couldn't have done, taking the pressure of us and allowing us to really enjoy our day.

The ceremony and blessing of our rings was beautiful.




It was the perfect way to share our love for each other. The most perfect way!


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