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Goodbye England…………

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Today’s the day. Our belongings are currently on a  ship about to sail to Australia and this evening we board our flight to Singapore for a little break away and to break up the long journey before starting our new lives in Australia.

Still in shock that this is actually happening and just going to keep this short (for various reasons)

I will be back in this space soon, to let you know how we’re getting on in the sunshine, but I’ve scheduled in a few posts that I’ve written in advance to give you something to read in the meantime……….

But for now, farwelll, I’ll be back here soon 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

(feel free to add a link to your own ‘this moment’ in the comment section below)

Easter ideas from Pinterest

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Not long now until Easter is here………

I’ve come accross some lovely and pretty Easter ideas lately, thought I would share – to see the links of the below photos for instructions and more of my ‘pins’ click over there on the right 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

(feel free to add a link to your own ‘this moment’ in the comment section below)

Introducing travel blog – Bedbugs and Beaches

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I have been working on setting up another blog for a couple of months now and it’s (almost) finished so thought I would share with you my experiences and a few photos from my travels.

Apart from European holidays, neither my husband (then ‘boyfriend’) or I had seen much of the World so in 2007 we went on a fantastic trip, we stopped off first in Hong Kong, then flew to Thailand where we spent a couple of months travelling through, then through Malaysia and to Singapore. We then flew on to Australia and spent 6 months there before flying to New Zealand where we hired out a campervan as our temporary ‘home’. We then visited Fiji, Hawaii and several stops accross the USA before heading back to the UK in March 2008. Since then we have visited Brussels, Prague, Rome, Marseille, Scotland, and we spent our fantastic honeymoon in Japan.

We both love to travel and I really hope to be able to visit Japan again one day – I adore the country, the culture, the language, the food, the history…..everything about the place! Also on the top of my list is Russia, China, Mongolia, Kenya, Norway and Canada……hopefully one day a couple of those destination dreams my become wonderful memories!

I’ll hopefully finish off updating thost other places very soon, but for now feel free to head over to Bedbugs and Beaches (there will be a link up there at the top of the page too)


Cheesy cauliflower pasta bake recipe

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This is a great quick and easy meal to prepare in the morning ready for popping in the oven 20 mins before needed. It’s got all that’s needed for a healthy meal for toddlers, children and adults and it’s delicioulsy tasty too!


1 x small cauliflower, chopped into florets, lightly boiled or steamed

Any kind of pasta (I used approx 180g pennoni rigate), pre-cooked and set aside

1/2 pack any type bacon

1 x cup grated cheese

1 x large teaspoon wholegrain mustard


basic white sauce (I would put weights though I never weigh the ingredients, milk, butter and flour are required though I’m sure a shop-bought white sauce would do the trick)


Chop up the bacon and fry in some butter until crispy. Add in the pre-cooked cauliflower and pasta and stir before adding to a dish:

To your basic white sauce add the seasoning, mustard and cheese (saving some cheese for the topping) and stir together. 20 mins before the meal is required, pour the sauce over the pasta, sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven at approx 200C until piping hot through and cheese has turned golden on top.

Serve with fresh salad or greens.

Yarn Giveaway from Countess Ablaze (and a winner)

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Hooray – it’s giveaway time again!

This week I’d like to introduce you to Countess Ablaze – the adorable Etsy shop stocking tons of beautifully hand-dyed yarns in an array of colours. There is a huge selection in the store, which is based in Manchester, UK and the lovely Lynsey has kindly offered one lucky winner the chance to choose any skein from her store as a fantastic prize!

I am the lucky owner of some of the iron oxide lace yarn:

And I intend to knit a scarf with it, I will let you know how my progress is going with that soon!

Here are some of the other beautiful yarns currently available in her store:

For yoru chance to win,


  • leave a comment below.
  • share this giveaway on the web (blog post, twitter, facebook etc) and let me know that you have done so.
  • ‘like’ my facebook page (over there at the top on the right) and let me know that you have done so.

(or do all 3 for 3 chances to win!)

The winner will be drawn on 18th March – good luck everyone! xx

And for the winner of the Chunky Bunting giveaway I have used to select a winner………………..

Congratulations Carrie.W!!

(PS. I have been flagging a bit on the creative front this week – I have just been knitting squares for the Aids orphans in South Africa but head over to 1st Unique Gifts to catch up on what the others are doing!) x