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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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Friday, August 22, 2014

Begin again.....

Yep. Here we are then. I've re-energised myself blog-wise and feel better about it now. I just needed to go off and do some other things hence the great gaps in between my birthday post and a new post and then, again, recently.

I've spent time re-connecting with my hubby, not that anything was particularly wrong but, I guess, after years of marriage and homeschooling and his long work hours and everything we did suddenly feel a bit like ships passing in the night. We decided to make some rather big changes to our routine and the kids routines and just life in general to free up more space for each other and, like I said, re-connect ....and ....ahem..yeah..we did ;) We kind of rediscovered ourselves and "us" and stuff we'd forgotten about and what makes each other tick and the fact that this kind of old-fashioned, traditional marriage set up suits us really rather well and, frankly we don't really care who knows it.

...and no, I'm not elaborating on that *laughs*.

Anyway, the kids are happy and enjoying the summer. There has been no Brownies and lots of late night Nintendo ds chats and the lawn is wrecked after lots of outdoor play (but who cares?!) They are now both getting back into "school" mindset ready for the start of the new term in about 3 weeks. Rosie and I have been having discussions about what to get out of the way first exam-wise (er...yeah..maths then) so I've ordered her a load of textbooks and whatnot from CGP. Oh, if you're interested in the homeschool stuff, check out my new blog (link in the topbar) ...I still intend to keep this website just for general bits and pieces.

However much I've enjoyed this summer (and it HAS been nice), Autumn is coming, the evenings are getting darker, the mornings mistier and chillier and the leaves are starting to turn out back. That makes me very, very happy.

Posted by Sarah at 4:21 PM [Permalink]
Categories: Home Education, Website Stuff
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Well, you know..

"Situation normal. Uh, had a slight weapons malfunction. But uh, everything's perfectly alright now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?" ~ Han Solo, Star Wars

Yeah, we're all fine and dandy but just can't really be bothered to blog any more. At all. Spending a lot of time planning new homeschool stuff for the year, doing things around the house and, most importantly, devoting to myself to my hard working hubby (LOVE devoting myself to that guy!) and playing and stuff. Just can't be bothered to post details of my life for the world to see any more.

No idea whether this hiatus will be permanent or not but just wanted to let you know the score to save you the bother of reloading my blog several times a day to see if anything has changed (yes, I actually get 2 or 3 people that do that). It's a waste of your time and it's a bit scary.

To quote another character....

"Please don't do that Joanna, it worries me" ~ Daniel Carrington, Perfect Dark

Posted by Sarah at 9:28 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Stuff
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Saturday, August 02, 2014

We had a bird. In our lounge.

I love my kitty, I really do. I could never be without a kitty in the house, I just adore them. However, there is one thing they do that I hate. They bring back presents ... of a dodgy nature.

Course, he never understands the freak-out as a result of his "presents". He just looks sort of "er...what?! What's your problem you ungrateful wretch of a human?!"

Mice ...dead and alive - the alive ones (although we're glad they're alive) are deeply irritating because he lets them go in the house and then we have to rip the place apart looking for it.

Birds ...dead and dying *much sadness and tears*

Birds ...alive.

Yep, today we had an alive one. He came in and plopped something at my feet with the usual "look what I brought you!" face.

I thought it was a mouse to start with and just as I bent down to pull him off the creature it hopped! Across the living room floor and behind the curtain and that's when I saw it was a bird - a very much alive bird! I dragged Floyd off to Rosie's room and shut him in and then me and the kids tried to work out how to get him without alarming him too much more.

In the end, I got a bit of old netcurtain and dropped it gently over him and then wiggled my hand underneath, smoothed his wings down so they didn't get damaged and picked him up.

It looks like I'm crushing the life out of him here but, honest, I was holding him very, very gently.

His poor little heart was hammering nineteen to the dozen and he was looking wildly about him :( Anyway, we took him outside, right up the garden and I opened my hands ...and he sat there. Just sat there! Then as I felt his heart rate slow down again, he turned and looked at me as if to say "cheers!", spread his wings and flew off up into the air and into a nearby tree. Once there he sat there twittering loudly!

So happy!

Floyd, however, is not happy. He's been put under house arrest for the rest of the day!

Posted by Sarah at 2:58 PM [Permalink]
Categories: Pets, Wildlife
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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!


Posted by Sarah at 10:06 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Seasonal
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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

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