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I’ve been  thinking lately, this should be our last Christmas in England, before we go to Australia. I love Christmas so much – time for spending with family and friends, baking home cooked foods, snuggling up indoors and watching films snuggled under quilts – this feels like home.

Just this week we have had news that our visa is in the process of being dealt with so it will probably arrive much sooner than we previously thought. It’s begining to get real now!

I’ll miss the cold nights, the smells of roast dinners cooking on a Sunday, the frosty mornings when I nip out to the shed in the garden to get the mop, being woken up by the icy air and enjoying the cold whilst my husband pulls faces and looks at me as though I’m mad. I’ll miss the autumnal smell of chimneys in the air, the misty, foggy mornings that everyone else here seems to moan about, but the mornings that I love as they make me feel grateful for being warm and snug inside.


I’m praying that this ‘homely’ feeling will somehow happen when we’re gone, I’ve heard it takes 10 years for some people to feel properly ‘settled’ – oh that scares me – I can’t even begin to get started on the people I’ll miss (you know who you are).

But as they say – home is where the heart is – and ‘T’ has my heart –  more importantly than anyone else in the World so it HAS to make sense to leave as I truly believe she has better opportunities and a better future and life in Australia ………….right? (can you tell I’m a bit nervous about this move?!)



Boo! Pumpkin carving

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After carving 3 pumpkins over the past 3 years it wouldn;t be right for me to go without carving one this year! Anyway, here’s this years’ carving………….

‘T’ was very impressed with it (even though it was a bit basic compared to others I have done) and thought it was great fun when the lights were turned off to really see the ‘glow’

Remember to head over to ‘Handmade Monday’ for some other crafty folks xx

Here are the other carvings I have done:



2008: modeled by my step-son!

Wellington walks in the mud

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We went for a walk yesterday afternoon; a squelchy, muddy walk. The rain held off and we went in search of horses. I grew up opposite horse fields and with a passion for riding so it’s an afternoon activity that I enjoy as much as ‘T’. We got to the first horse field which was completley empty – it was sweet to watch ‘T’ calling ‘D-orsch’ over and over to an empty field! We walked in our wellies to the next field and there were no horses there either, though ‘T’ enjoyed the walk, stopping to look at feathers, berries and make squelching noises with her boots.

Finally we found a horse and said hello and fed him some grass. I love these afternoons with my girl xx

this moment……….

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a
moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want
to pause, savor and remember. – soulemama

Begging and pleading………

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Ok, so I’m doing this run on Sunday – in fact it’s the biggest 10 mile run in the World! It’s the Bupa Great South Run, in Southsea/Portsmouth and will be live on TV plus a show late on in the evening.

I’ve done several 5km (approx 3 mile) runs for Cancer Research – (blogged about here) but this 10 mile one is a lot further! I was hoping to do it in approx 1 hour 30 minutes but I would be really pleased to finish it in 1 hour 45 minutes, thinking a bit more realistically about it.

I’ve been training hard, and typically, little ‘T’ has decided that sleeping throughout the nights isn’t her idea of fun just recently so it’s been extra hard going out for 8 mile runs after getting up several times a night (though thankfully she slept through last night – YIPPEEEE!!) Click here for a link back to some photos I took whilst out on my runs.

Anyway, if you can spare any money at all, I would seriously appreciate it, the link to my sponsorship page is here.

Alternatively, PLEASE feel free to add a link to your blog/facebook page/website etc, even if I get no extra aponsorship from this, a bit of awareness is always a good thing.

MS is a cruel condition, my father in law has been suffering terribly and has been in hospital for several months, he was diagnosed at just 24 years old. I also know 3 other people affected, and it’s just so unfair.

So that was me, begging and pleading! Thanks for taking the time to read.


Potato painting

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It’s getting rainy and darker outside so less trips to the park and more indoor activities are needed. After preparing dinner and a trip to the shops yesterday morning we came back to do some potato painting and tent-building.

The potato printing started off well…………

Got a bit messy……..

But was all good fun!

Now for a stroll in the woods – I think our waterproofs and wellies are going to be needed…………


Mixed bean lasagne recipe

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I’ve managed to almost halve our food bills by being really careful with the shopping and this meal was cheap yet tasty plus quick and easy to throw together. Great served with salad leaves and bread.


1 x cup/can beans – I used dried pinto and dried turtle beans which I soaked and cooked, though any will do.

1 x tin baked beans

1 x tin chopped tomatoes

1 x stock cube

lasagne sheets

1 x chopped onion

1 x chopped capsicum pepper

cup of chopped mushrooms

tomato puree

mixed herbs

grated cheese for topping

salt and pepper for seasoning.


Add to a pan the onion and cook until soft, add in the beans, mushrooms and peppers and cook for a few minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese and lasagne sheets and cook on a low heat for around 20 minutes.

Grease a dish and add a layer of pastae before lasyering up as you would a normal lasagne, top with cheese and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. It’s extra- tasty if you add a cheese sauce to the topping as well, it also freezes well and is a good meal to prepare in the morning and pop in the oven at dinner time.