Sunday, 16 August 2015

10 ways I am enjoying myself more.

I can't believe that it is nearly two months since I last posted anything on here, but life, work and everything doesn't half get in the way of the things you really enjoy.

I have been trying to spend more time doing the things I do enjoy and less of the things I don't.

I started the year with a bit of bad luck, I didn't manage to continue on in a job I loved, and was doing temporarily, when I completely messed up the interview for the permanent post and had to go back to my substantive post. Then a week later I broke my ankle and ended up being off work for 3 months. I have talked about this before - here.

On the upside I have now got a years worth of holiday to take in nine months. So this has helped me do more of the things I enjoy.

Here is my list of things I enjoy.


I read a book the other week whilst on holiday in France - this may not sound like a big deal but at   the moment I am managing to read approximately one book a year. (This is a bit rubbish considering I used to read at least one book a week at Uni). It was Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which is a great read. I am now attempting to read Ulysees by James Joyce and Freak Onomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. I may have bitten off more than I can chew.


I have spent more time in my garden, since we had it 'done' it is the perfect space to hang out and generally chill. I am writing this in my pod.

The Pod and the Beach Hut Shed

And I managed to paint the shed to look like a beach hut - which is nice.


I have done more gardening, I know the names of flowers and everything!!!! My Mum would be so proud.

I have been growing some heritage plants, like these.....
Heritage multi-coloured carrots

Chocolate cherry tomatoes - not quite ready yet

Boothy blonde cucumbers


We've had more BBQ's and fun at home.


I uploaded Windows 10 onto my computer (I am a sad geek) and I have messed about on Pinterest, played a lot of Candy Crush and words with friends.


I have saved all my photo's onto a big drive somewhere other than on my computer so they are safe no matter what (and the geekiness continues)


I have had long lie ins (I love my bed).


I have stayed up late and drank too much wine (I love wine).

(During both 8 & 9 I have spent a lot of time thinking about my next tattoo, check out my Pinterest to see what I have been looking at)

Ten (or the most important one of all)

I have spent loads of times with my kids and my husband

So not the most rock and roll list in the world, but a happy one. I would definitely recommend gardening, wine and long lie ins. Just not all at the same time.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Gallery - Sports

We are not a sporty family, we do very little 'sport'. The most sporty thing that happens is my husband rides his bike to work.

My eldest is starting to experience lots of new sports at school and my youngest, loves dancing and is turning into a bit of a gymnast as a result and go into a bridge from a handstand unaided. Something I never managed to achieve.

So it is lovely when my family and friends get together and suddenly some impromptu sport happens.

A couple of weeks ago my youngest had her holy communion, after we had a BBQ and suddenly out of no where kids and adults alike, where all playing dodge ball in the back garden.

This caused much laughing, heated discussions of rules and lots and lots of fun. That's surely the best kind of sport ever. So here is my entry for this weeks Gallery on Sport.


Monday, 15 June 2015

The New Rules (or Nature Abhors a Vacuum)

I had my downstairs completely redone last year (not a euphemism).

It looked lovely, we got rid of LOADS of stuff, we de-cluttered and I spent six months going back and forth to either the charity shop or the tip, or on the computer selling things with eBay.

But what's the saying? 'nature abhors a vacuum'.

That's my home.

Where there was once space there is now clutter once more, I am not saying that I am not complicit in this, and may have bought the odd new thing to fill the space.

But, oh my God, children totally fill space.

So I set some new rules:

All shoes to be tidied away in their I spend all my time telling them to take their shoes upstairs.

No socks on the living room floor. (What is that, anyway? - the minute they come in the socks are off and the bare feet are out, even though they have multiple pairs of slippers!)

To the eldest one, her end of the sofa is no longer to be her 'office' where she leaves her school books, headphones, sweet wrappers, pens and used tissues (Ugh!)

To the youngest one, rubbers, pens and pencils are to be put away in the cupboard provided and her yoga mat is to be rolled up and put away after use.

Then there is the hair brushes, I have no idea how this happened but it is like they are breeding, they are quite literally EVERYWHERE. This has to be a girl thing. I wonder what a group of hair brushes are called? If a group of starfish are called a galaxy then a group of hair brushes must be called a follicle or something.

Having said all this, I am someone that thinks a house is not a home without a bit of personal 'stuff' in it. I like family photos to be all about the place, I have lots of knickity knacks, all of which mean something and couldn't possible be thrown away, including a tub of shells from various beaches and a favourite stone (don't judge me). I have too many books to be minimalist, ever. And although I do shave the numbers when the bookcase is overflowing there are some that are just too special and I hope my girls will read them one day.

But what I don't understand, when I go to other people's houses, who are a lot less cluttered/messy/not full of 'stuff', is where do they put it. They must have personal items, things that mean stuff? How do they hide their wires, where are the half read, and you are definitely going to come back to, magazines? How do you get your kids to be tidy and put stuff away? I am baffled.

So I am curious, is my home the only vacuum of 'stuff' or is everyone else just better at hiding it?

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