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I live on the south coast of the UK. I'm very happily married to Tim (who looks after me, cherishes me and works so hard) and we have 2 daughters and a cat, Floyd. I love Hello Kitty, crafting, reading, baking, playing on my Nintendo ds and exploring wild and beautiful places. I'm also, without doubt, a future crazy cat lady.

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

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

So it goes on....

There is so much I should probably blog about right now but I'm afraid my blogging get up and go has got up and gone. This is just a quick pop in to update on Rosie ....

She went to see the consultant. He had ordered another ECG. Ooook, annoying but never mind. So she had it there and then and then we went in to see the doctor. As we had figured the other day from her echocardiogram, her heart looks normal and healthy but (and it's a big but) she's still getting episodes of rather frightening resting tachycardia (up to 130bpm - normal is around 60-100). So, clearly, they need to investigate further and try and find the cause of it so the next step is a mobile cardiac telemetry .....for 7 days. She'll have a little box which she'll have to carry around with her for the whole time which is attached to her chest with a wire and sticky pad. This will record her heart for the entire time. At the end of the 7 days we take it back to the hospital where the doctor will assess it and see what's what. Hopefully.

It takes about 3 weeks for them to sort the equipment out before she can even start the 7 day monitoring so ...hey-ho... waiting again.

In the meantime I shall try and get my blogging va-va-voom back again.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

I hope mums everywere had a lovely day - I know I did :)

This particular mum is feeling a little more relaxed than she did a few days ago. Rosie had her echocardiogram on Friday and the sonographer was pretty sure that she could see nothing wrong with Rosie's heart. It still has to be put before the consultant heart specialist of course, and we'll see him next Wednesday but things are looking a little less scary. It would seem more likely that what she has is an innocent heart murmur - seems weird that a heart murmur could be caused by nothing at all but what do I know?! :) 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just .....

Aaaarrrggghhh!! *takes deep breath* Aaaaaarrgggh!!


There is muchly I would like to blog about right now - finished loom garments, beautiful weather, woodlice houses, bean plants, homeschool stuff ..... a whole plethora of fun stuff.

Instead I'm saving it because right now is aggravating and I just want this particular period of life to get the hell out of my life so we can get back to normal.

Just stuff, you know? From random, stupid but annoying stuff to, more seriously, getting a phone call from the hospital this morning telling me that they wanted Rosie to come in for an echocardiogram tomorrow ahead of her appointment next week ....

....*thinking*.... tomorrow is Friday 13th ....oh god, do we have to? I mean, really?!........

*saying*.....Er ...s'cuse me? I thought the appointment next week was the echocardiogram? "Oh no dear! That's to see the consultant after the scan when he can decide what, if any, further treatment Rosie needs"

Yeah thanks. Hubby has already booked a day off next week (and had to use one of his holiday days to do it - ooo! yeah, let's all go on a fun packed family day out to see the heart specialist!) Great.

So, I had to phone Tim who agreed that he had no other option than to take an unpaid day off. He refuses to use any more holiday (this is hardly a holiday situation!) but, let's face it, they're not likely to pay him for this time even though this is for his child. So, there you go.

Poor darling Rosie. None of this is her fault but I do worry that she thinks it is :( No sweetie, it's just life and life frequently throws you curve balls to keep you on your toes!

Anyway, back with all the good stuff soon ....

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spring IS Coming

However damp and cold it still seems to be, Spring is on it's way. The evenings are lighter, there are daffodils in the churchyard (which delighted the kids and I on our way to the shops today), the birds are going frantic in the garden (we have blue tits checking out our nest box again!)'s just starting to feel spring-like.

So .....I've updated the website to a more springy look :)

I have seriously got into loom knitting in a big way now, so much so that I've started a knitting page on my website - separate from the main crafts page. I'm listing the patterns I create there so I hope you'll check it out if you're interested :) So far I have listed my ankle socks pattern and a toy snake pattern but hopefully there will be more to come soon.

I have 2 current wip's - a short sleeve, fitted sweater and this .... an empire line lacy camisole top.

This is the front piece - I've got to do the back piece, seam together and add the straps. I think it's going to be pretty! I did the top in tiny heart stitch (which you can't really see in this pic) and the bottom is ....well, it was meant to be mock crochet but it didn't turn out quite right so I think I've invented my own stitch :D It's nice though! I think I might add a tie under the bust too to finish it off.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015


This post ...I couldn't even think what category to put it in so I didn't put it in any. I've been stewing for a few days, being irritated and mildly fuming about something which, to be honest, I shouldn't let get to me, but I have. I was going to write a great big ramble about it but decided not to. What's the point's only a Tim work related thing and that's not likely to change so ....hey ho.

Normal service to resume once I've got over my flunky!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Not been well the last few days, had a horrible cold. Getting better now but, at it's height, it was pretty unpleasant. Saturday night was the worst - I went off to bed really early but woke up just after midnight sort of making whimpery noises and burning hot and with a throat so sore I could hardly swallow. Tim checked on me and then went off and came back with paracetamol and hot honey and lemon which was bliss and I was soon back to sleep again.

Anyway, today was glorious and it did a lot to make me feel miles better! :) I cleaned the house from top to bottom and got a load of washing dry outside for the first time in aaaaages! Forgive me for being just a teensie bit excited about that :)

April's been carrying on with her bee lapbook....


Love this ....she wrote about the different bees and what jobs they do ...that last one - drones - they are basically used for mating and then, in winter, are kicked out of the hive to die. Nice. Got to love those pics though - bee love and a poor bee being kicked out :D


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Forest Walk

Yesterday .....beautiful. Look at that sun in the second picture! *sighs happily*



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Thought

So very true .....


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nothing to say but ....

...will have a lovely dinner with my sweetie this evening....

...and hope everyone had a wonderful day and will have a wonderful evening!

Love xx

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Friday, February 13, 2015


Hmmm... Tim finishes work today for a short holiday so a round up before then.....

Last Sunday was glorious, it was actually pretty warm in the sun! We all headed outside to do some garden clearing up - not actual gardening (although we did clear some previously cut down stuff that hadn't managed to find it's way into the garden bin yet!) but throwing out old toys, plant pots that sort of thing. We also moved the play logs around as we have to do this occasionally so the grass grows evenly - ditto the trampoline! Talking of grass, we also had to section off a fairly large area which had been run bare by April playing about on it when it was muddy, we need it to grow back!

Monday my lovely hubby treated us to a trip to Lush! Came home with a bagful of shower gel, shampoo, face powder, lip gloss (that tastes like candy hearts!), bubble bath and (mmmm!) a massage bar. Had a nice stroll along Poole harbour too and lusted after the enormous yachts.

Last few days have been mostly routine, housework and homeschool.

April has been sketching ......

...and deciding she wanted to study bees so began making a lapbook.....

Rosie painted this ....the character is called Edward and actually belongs to someone she knows on Deviant Art and she drew it for them .... but I had to show him .....that monocle and top hat and gotta love the way that little pinkie claw is stuck out holding the cup! Hilarious.

Oh, and just to prove I sometimes have too much time on my hands and like to totally confuse my hubs, witness this! I was trying to work out how to make hearts on my phone and send them to him! Apparently, entering certain combination of numbers works but I'm not great with these things..... behold his baffled question marks :D

...and his response! Ha ha!

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Categories: April's Art, Homeschool Projects, Places, Rosie's Art
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