Sunday, 28 May 2017

Paddling pools and dolls. #MySundayPhoto

We went to fill the paddling pool up yesterday, ready for the girls getting in from school and it had a hole in. My fella made a mad dash to Argos and managed to get one....It's big enough for Ellie and her collection of dolls....



Saturday, 27 May 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 21 #Project365

Another week another set of photos for Project 365.
It has been such a strange week....It has been hard not to feel sad for most of it with what happened in Manchester. It has been such a glorious week weather wise....As I am typing this the kids are outside playing....Ellie is in the paddling pool. Becky is not. She says it's too cold. lol

Here's a photo for every day!



140/365 - 20th May
I went to check up on what my youngest was doing upstairs....In my bed watching Glee of course.

141/365 - 21st May
Last minute homework.

142/365 - 22nd May
Sat in the waiting room at the Orthodontist. Becky has been given a date to get her braces off! August 14th! Hooray!

143/365 - 23rd May
Sunshine! 

144/365 - 24th May
My new trainers! I was due a pair. My old one's were about 8 years old. lol

145/365 - 25th May
Outside but still playing on her tablet.

146/365 - 26th May
We had to buy a new paddling pool as the old one had a hole in.....We filled it up before the kids got home from school.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Manchester. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I had no intention of writing anything about the horrific events that happened in Manchester at the beginning of the week. There is a lot of other bloggers who have written much more eloquently than I ever could but I couldn't not say anything it has dominated the week....

This week I have spent hours watching the news watching events unfold....Crying as the deaths were announced but what has made me tear up more is seeing all the good and kindness which has came from this despicable act....

Ariana Grande offering to pay for the funerals of the dead, the homeless man who helped in the aftermath has had the chance to have his rent payed for 6 months, all the fundraising pages, the nurses and doctors who rushed back to work, the taxi drivers who offered free rides, the people who offered beds, cups of tea and food, the celebrities who have offered to pay for hotels for the families with loved one's in hospital and a million other people who have shown kindness......

Obviously I am aware of the terrorist attacks in the past but they seemed so far from me. Now they seem closer to home. Not just because it was further up North than London but because it was just a random concert....We go to concerts. People from up here in the North East were killed....My friends daughter was at Manchester arena a few months ago seeing a concert....It is scary to think about the what if's....

Watching the news made me want to go and get my girls from school just to give them a big hug and say I love them.....Parents did not get the chance to do that to their children on Monday night....

I have spoken about the terrorism attacks with my girls and Becky my teen really surprised me with her knowledge and maturity....It also worried me that she knows so much about terrorism....I want to shield my girls from what is going on in the world.

I was watching Sky news the other day and Ellie was flitting about and there was a group of people talking to a crowd and there was a woman who stood out who was wearing a Union Jack hijab and reading a poem she had written. Ellie stopped to watch for a few minutes and said "She is SO COOL. See not all Muslims are terrorist's". I asked her who said they were and she said the boys at school.....Eek! I went on to explain that all religions have bad people but the majority are good..... 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Life on the farm....Camping!

This is the third post in the series I am doing about the fun I had as a child when living on a farm....You can my first post here and the post about the vehicles I used to ride and drive....


Not long after we moved to the farm my brother and I tried camping out.....Just in the front garden in a huge tent....We didn't much like it....The cows mooching about didn't really didn't let us sleep properly and I think we were back in our own beds by about 4am after waking my parents up and causing chaos.....

A few years later.....I was about 11 or 12. There was a half build hut/shed in the corner of the furthest away field from the farmhouse. a good 10 minute walk away....It was built to store feed for the animals but never got finished. It was about 7 or 8 foot square so the perfect size for a den!

On the farm there was always plenty of wood and building materials laying about so we would load the Vespa Moped up and take it up to the hut.....It is quite surprising how much wood you can carry on one if you position it just right.....We borrowed tools from my dad and got building and repairing....

It was just a square hut...Four walls and a flat roof. We made a door out of some plastic sheets we found and put some on the roof to make it waterproof....It worked....It was pretty darn good....It was warm and dry. We couldn't have asked for more.

My friend was visiting and we jokingly said to my mam we should sleep in it....She said OK to our amazement. I think she expected us to come crawling back home in the middle of the night cold or scared.

It was the middle of the summer so it was warm and light until late....We'd already taken old sleeping bags and cushions to make it comfy and it was.....

We gathered supplies....Drinks, sweets, pop, bacon, eggs, sausages and bread....We needed to eat. We'd already made a fire pit....We dug a little hole and surrounded it with bricks....We found some wire mesh and an old frying pan and we had been trusted with matches.....We were kids but we were not stupid when it came to fire....I don't think I ever burnt myself as a child. As an adult I burn myself at least once a week on the oven. lol

We stayed up until late chatting and playing word games. We had a cassette player with batteries which worked well and listened to Chubby Brown songs. It was the early 90's he was big then and forbidden....hehehe

In the morning we started our fire and cooked our food....There was one thing missing though. Tomato sauce! My brother drew the short straw and went back to the house to get some on the Vespa of course....hehehe

From that weekend I think we slept in there every weekend until the winter....Even when it was raining!

It was so much fun and the skills we learned were valuable....I can start a fire, cook on it, boil drinking water, make shelter and survive a thunder storm.....Just call me Bear Grylls.....hahaha


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Planning some days out in Northumberland.

There are so many places to visit here in Northumberland....We are pretty lazy when it comes to days out though we seem to visit the same places over and over. Neither Stu or I drive so we rely on public transport so there is plenty of places which we can't visit due to the distance or lack of bus stops...

Now the weather is getting nicer and the six week summer holidays are just around the corned we have been thinking about days out....This year we are going to make an effort and get out and about.....



We live about a 15 minute walk away from Woodhorn Museum but we have never visited as a family....The kids both have and Ellie is off there tomorrow on another school trip. 


The Woodhorn Museum is recognised as one of the best surviving examples of late 19th century/early 20th century colliery life in the North East.

The museum contains original colliery buildings, mining artefacts, and some great social history exhibitions, while the Northumberland Archives cover over 800 years of the county's history, and provide an amazing record of the past....


When I blogged about our trip to Ridley park in Blyth Lindsay who blogs at Newcastle Family Life mentioned Carlisle Park in Morpeth and I had a look and it looks amazing....It is about a half an hour bus ride from us and it's somewhere we have never visited before.....

Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, it has formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park and much more.

A Puffin Cruise in Amble.

We have visted Amble a lot of times over the years and have had some lovely days out....One thing we have never done is go on the Puffin cruise...


The boat trip lasts for one hour sailing out around Coquet Island and there is the chance to see Puffins, rare Rosetate Tern, Arctic Tern, common Tern, kittiwakes And the Grey Seal colony alongside much more magnificent sea life.

An adult ticket costs £10 and a child's £5. 


Since we visited Alnwick Garden a few years ago we have wanted to go back and visit the castle....It's a long journey. Two hours on the bus but if the castle is anything like the gardens it will be well worth it.....


Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Entertainment includes fire-eating jesters, courageous knights, master falconers, and medieval artisans which takes place throughout the castle's open season.... 

I really fancy having a go at the broomstick training and battling dragons in the Dragon quest

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth.


I know it's technically not in Northumberland but it's up here near us and I thought it might be a good day out now...

We visited Blue Reef Aquarium years ago....Ellie was only about 2 years old and when we arrived the queue was huge. She saw the fish in the tanks at the entrance and that was it....She saw one fish and that was enough for her. She had no interest in the rest of them even if they all looked different. lol It was a waste of money at the time....

Now both the girls are older I think they would appreciate it more now.....Since we last visited they have added seals, monkeys and reptiles too....