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I live on the gorgeous Dorset/Hampshire border in the UK. I'm married to Tim and we have 2 daughters, a cat (Floyd) and various woodlice, snails and minnows! I'm a nature-adoring, yoga-ing, baking, walking, music-loving, crafting bookworm and future crazy cat lady.

Me, Tim, April, Rosie and Billy and Floyd-the-cat :)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

And the rain came

Anyone who thinks that sunshine is pure happiness has never danced in the rain.

Late yesterday afternoon I went to get my washing in and the sky suddenly looked very dark. After days and days of boiling sun and blue sky it was highly noticeable.

Just as I was getting the last things in, Tim came home from work and as he was putting his stuff away we heard "splash! splash!" and looked outside.

There were the hugest, fattest raindrops I've ever seen hitting the hot, dry ground.

We went outside ... all of us.... and Floyd.

We went right up the garden and stood there, in bare feet, on the hot path and just experienced this moment of pure joy as we got hit by these gigantic raindrops. Could have stayed there forever.

Then the heavens opened .... really opened ... and we ran all the way back down the garden to the house (with Floyd scampering after us), giggling like loons and getting wet.

It was exhilarating and crazy and hilarious and refreshing. It was fun.

If you've never done this, you haven't lived.

You can keep all your riches and expensive holidays several times a year and posh car and big house .... the best things in life really are free.

Posted by Sarah at 9:11 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Seasonal
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pay attention at the back there!

:D Oh, hiiii!

Long time no blog! Been too busy/hot/silly to be bothered. So, where were we? Oh yeah ... Tim was on holiday and it was my birthday. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! x

The day before my birthday we went to Sopley and did this:



...and then Tim made me this instead of a birthday cake. Now, I generally do the baking in this house so this was fabulous! Just look at the pretty arrangement of strawberries and raspberries ... and noone makes "real" custard as well as Tim's heavenly!


What else did we do? We .....hung out in the garden and played silly games, played Wii together, did the gardening (ok, it wasn't all fun .... Tim attacked the shrubbery at the front and I weeded the drive), ate lots of yummy stuff and went on a picnic to Linford Bottom.

Just had a fun, relaxing time which is what holidays are supposed to be about.

Now it's hot. Damn hot. Too hot. I love summer but there is a borderline where the heat becomes almost unbearable and it's kind of reached that in the last 2-3 days. Even April has been outside less (and she doesn't seem to notice how hot it is!) ... instead she's been drawing on a new paint programme she found. Look! It's our favourite LPS - Sam Pancake!


Tim's been back at work nearly a week now so the holiday is very much behind us. Still, only 9 weeks (ish) until the next one!

Posted by Sarah at 8:02 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Cooking, Food, Places, Seasonal, Summer
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Yippeee! Even my little Animal Crossing characters have been helping me celebrate :)



Oooo! I got Tomodachi Life from Tim! So happy! This game has literally made me laugh out loud several times already. Best thing is, I got 2 free codes with it (gave one to Rosie) for a trial game that I can give to anyone who wants it! It gives you access to the full game but everytime you start the game it overwrites the previous one - if you decide to buy it you can transfer the date from your last played file to the paid for version. Anyway, if you'd like to try Tomodachi Life, just drop me a line and I'll email you the code ;)

Here's my Tomodachi Life character

Off now to enjoy the rest of my day ....

Amen to this!


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Golden Ringed Dragonfly

April took these photos of this amazing (and huge!) dragonfly in our garden. Not bad photos considering they were done on her Vtech kids camera! I love them! The second one wasn't zoomed in - she just crept closer and closer to it :)


Posted by Sarah at 3:28 PM [Permalink]
Categories: Wildlife
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nearly time!


...and that person is going to get home from work today and then spend over a week hanging out with me (and the kids!) and having fun. That person is also going to get pampered and cherished and loved coz he does such a bloody lot for us and now it's his time to chill.

*Happy day!*


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Categories: At Home
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Been thoroughly punished ....

....for being a complete lazy-bum yesterday - today I had to get on and do stuff!

Was up early, dragged the kids out of bed, dashed to the library to return some books, popped into Tesco to grab some stuff and got home again.

Meanwhile, the air temperature got hotter and hotter and hotter.

Once back I threw a chicken cacciatora together for dinner this evening and cleaned up the kitchen after making it. Then cooked the kids lunch....

....and it got hotter and hotter.

By this time I was so damn fed up with my boiling kitchen that I couldn't be bothered to make any lunch for myself and had a packet of crisps and a cup of tea. Hmmm. Not the healthiest, best lunch I could have had but hey-ho.

Then it was up and about again ... dusting, polishing, sweeping, hoovering ....

...and it got hotter and I got hotter and more and more uncomfortable. The universe was spanking my backside for being lazy yesterday ... *sulk, sulk, grumble*.

Tidied, did laundry, took the rubbish out and finally.....done for today. Yes, there is more to do but it can wait until tomorrow. Instead, I carried on with some crochet I've been doing - just some storage bowls for our living room. I used some really chunky yarn I've had in my box for ages.

First one in progress

...and done. Yes, that is an orange with a face. Rosie, the dear girl, feels oranges should have faces....

This is the second one, a w.i.p. A bit bigger this time and I'm doing stripes all the way up.

One day, if I keep practicing, maybe I'll crochet as good as my friend Natalie .... her things are beautiful!

Posted by Sarah at 3:03 PM [Permalink]
Categories: At Home, Crafts, Places, Summer
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

"busy doing nothing"

*laughs*, it's one of those days! I actually have loads to do but I keep being easily distracted .... by bumblebees, and the blue sky and the lovely breeze and snails and lavender and the little things April keeps bringing in from the garden .... and pictures on my 3ds from Animal Crossing....

See these two with swirly purple things over their heads? They had a bust up. I don't look impressed .... always wondered just how that hat stays on my head?


....and food ....mmmm! Yesterday I made lamb rogan josh. It's one of our favourites and I keep meaning to write it up and put it on my cooking page. I meant to do it today but ....ooh! look!.... a tune I haven't heard for a while! We like this one, Tim always goes dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum.... along to the bassline if we hear it in the car :D

This video makes me laugh - look out for all the things you're warned not to do! The bits with the rancid milk and the raw chicken are a bit yuk though!

You know what? I will get round to all my stuff soon but right now I'm happy just to "be". Happy and pottering and just a little bit silly and that's ok sometimes. x

Posted by Sarah at 11:25 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Cooking, Stuff
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ahh! Quiet!

Nice here :) Tim and Rosie have just left to go and collect April from the Guide hall before going to the chippy shop to get dinner (lazy dinner tonight!) April was a little sad earlier because tonight was supposed to be the beach party but the weather took an unfortunate turn. We got a phone call from the Brownie leader to say that there was thunder and pouring rain down at Bournemouth so they weren't going. Nice beach weather!

So, they've wandered off and pretty much the only noise going on now is the sound of our water tank filling up ... which it's been doing since about 9.30 yesterday evening. There is an issue. Yesterday the toilet wouldn't flush (loads of fun flushing with bucketfuls of water - not!) and we had no water coming out the cold tap in the bathroom. By this morning the water was back but the tank just fills and fills and fills. Clearly, it needs looking at. Luckily, it's not massively noisy otherwise I'd be going batty by now.

Oh, and I got sent out of the living room earlier while Tim and Rosie did stuff on the computer which I believe to be secret shopping .... secret shopping of a birthday like nature .... SO excited - I'm worse than a kid! :D

Posted by Sarah at 6:42 PM [Permalink]
Categories: At Home, Places
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Monday, July 07, 2014

Oh if only!

Bit worried about the weather. After all the sunshine we've had recently it's turned a bit rainy in the run up to Tim's holiday and, even more upsettingly, my birthday. This is not good!

Oh well, I had a little chat with the weather gods and, seeing as it's me, they agreed to hold off the rain just for that one day ....heehee!


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Birds in the box!

Rosie went horse riding as usual today (nice ride apart from Manny being his usual git-y self) and she had to go in Florrie's box ...don't know why, to skip out probably ...oh, here's Florrie, isn't she pretty?


Anyway, up in rafters, was a nest of swallow chicks! Tim took this picture with his phone - he was outside and inside the box was dark so it's not brilliant but we've counted at least 6 chicks, all in a line. Cute!


Posted by Sarah at 7:51 PM [Permalink]
Categories: Places, Wildlife
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