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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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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boing, boing....

This particular Easter bunny dashed out early to hide teeny foil-wrapped eggs before the rain came and the bunny-ettes followed shortly after and found all but one. I don't know what happened to it, I didn't hide them as well as usual because I was rushing so I've become convinced a magpie carried it off *laughs* ....ooooo! Shiny!




May you have as much chocolately noms as your tummies can handle! x

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Categories: Spring
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Saturday, April 19, 2014


I think this describes Tim and I perfectly!


Tim is on his last day today and then he's off (he's a very happy bunny). I cannot begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to having a whole, work-free week with my lovely man. It doesn't matter if it rains or shines, where we go or what we do, just being with him and chillin' is good enough for me.

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Friday, April 18, 2014


Just checking you're all still paying attention *laughs*.

I wasn't going to blog until Tim had gone back to work after his hols but I'm having a quiet day so I decided I would. The reason for the quiet day? Well, you will remember that I said I was going to spring clean this week yeah? I got started on Tuesday and revamped the bathroom ... aaaah! beautiful! Then on Wednesday I did the hall .... aaaah! beautiful! The hall was a bigger job because I painted the walls - white. I've always wanted a white hallway and now the toddler years are (thankfully) firmly behind us, I can have my white hall. When I'd finished and grabbed some blossom from the garden .... pink blossom against a white background, perfection.


So far, so good. However, mid-wednesday afternoon I started to feel a bit off. Suddenly very weedy and headachey and weird in the tummy region. I kind of plodded on but by the time Tim got home from work I was feeling well and truly ill. Flopped about, had 2 mouthfulls of dinner .... nope, forget it. Went to bed and then started that awful swallowing and yawing thing ... you know where this is going don't you? Yep, I was properly sick. Oh NICE.

I was ill throughout the night but it seemed to have stopped by the time Tim got up to go for work (with strict instructions to "do nothing or he'd be extremely cross" - he's knows what I'm like for insisting on carrying on regardless.) Thing is, there's no way I could have done anything even if I wanted to - I felt worse than crap. So, I stayed in bed. April insisted on bringing me some cereal which I tried to eat a bit of. Then, because she's had an awful hacking cough and is feeling poo, she clambered in the bed with me and we both lay there looking pathetic. Basically, that was my Thursday.

Tim got home and I was starting to feel marginally better and craving fruit. So, off he went and got me some - bless the man! Today, I'm just very, very weak and only just starting to eat properly again. I don't know what the bug was, no one else has had it some I guessing I just picked up something nasty all by myself. So, I'm not doing much else today, hence the impromptu blog post.

I have some piccies of before the yuckiness.

Went up the stables on Sunday and met Rosie as she was coming back from her ride. I got to have a proper lovely cuddle with Star who is SUCH a soppy softy. There is nothing in this world like resting your face against the sun-warmed, soft shoulder of a friendly horse who is busy rubbing his head on you and making little cute noises. It's adorable.

In the background is Sheila, the stable owner, then there's Rosie's leg as she unsaddles Star and Tim's arm! At this point Star was trying to put his face in my shoulder bag in case I had noms for him. No such luck I'm afraid!

Hiiii Star baby!

Then, we went shopping and there were dinosaurs. Yes, there were. No bloody idea what this was all about.



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Categories: At Home, Photographs, Places, Spring
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nearly holiday time!

No, we're not going away anywhere (sadly) but we've got one more week after this and then Tim's off yay! The Christmas hols seem SUCH a long time ago now!

So, I may be having a little blogging break. Next week I shall be busy spring cleaning (yep, that time of the year again!) as I thought I might as well get it out the way before he's off. The following week is holiday so, hopefully, we shall be off doing lots of fun stuff that I may blog about afterwards.

So, for now, I will say a temporary farewell but before I go I just wanted to share a couple of apps with you that we've got recently and really like. I got both these free on the Amazon "free app for a day" thing but I don't believe they are expensive anyway and certainly worth the money.

The first, King of Math Junior, which is for kids age 6 and up, is a really rather cool math curriculum that comes in 2 different apps for right up to grade 8/9. We have got the first one and it covers counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, puzzles, geometry, comparisons and fractions. Apart from the other app I'm going to tell you about, you probably wouldn't need any other maths curriculum and it's fab because the kids can work on their own.


The other app is called Dragonbox algebra and, again, it comes in 2 different age group apps and, again, we got it free on Amazon. The first app (which we have) is designed to teach algebra to kids from as young as 5 using a series of clever picture games. The pictures are then gradually replaced by numbers.



I think with both of these apps together you have a pretty good, comprehensive maths curriculum for kids right up to about age 14 - years worth of learning!

Anyway, that's enough from me now. Off to get on with my stuff :) See you all soon - be good! x

Posted by Sarah at 10:56 AM [Permalink]
Categories: At Home, Home Education, Seasonal, Spring
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feed readers and the like

I have to confess, there are very few blogs I actually read regularly and really enjoy, certainly not enough to warrant putting them on a feed reader. There are a couple of home ed blogs and a couple of crafty type blogs and that's it.

The blogs I like I just click on once a day and see if there are any updates. Doesn't seem to be much point in checking them more than once a day. I mean, if they are going to update a few minutes after I've checked not to worry, I'll catch up again the next day. I always think, rightly or wrongly, that repeatedly checking on a blog over the course of a day is verging on the stalkerish! If you're really that desperate to get updates then subscribe to the blog via a feed reader or something!

I don't have a button to subscribe on my blog but, if you go to something like The Old Reader (which is what my hubby uses to keep tabs on me haha!), then you can just add my blog and you'll be notified every time there's an update! Simples!

Posted by Sarah at 10:31 AM [Permalink]
Categories: Stuff, Thoughts
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014


I once heard Stephen Fry say (on Q.I I think), "if moths like the bloody light so much, why don't they come out in the daytime?" *laughs*. This is beautiful though....


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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Birthday dinner

Sooo, we all went off out last night to Mummy Jill's birthday meal. There were a variety of people there and, to be blunt, it was a rather random and chaotic affair with people eating lots of different things at lots of different times (it was takeaway food). Some people having pizza, some having Indian, some eating downstairs, some eating upstairs. Yep, chaotic. Rather fun though *smiles*.

Tim's sister was there along with her ex-boyfriend who is still friends with Jill and Tony. This made for some fairly uncomfortable moments where Tim and I looked at each other and did the "oh my god, this is squirmy!" face.

Still, a nice evening out, nice food, pleasant company.

To finish, here's something I redisovered on You Tube - Gorillaz, Clint Eastwood ... deeply weird and cool.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Sweet thought


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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hi honey! I'm home!...for a second

Yes, dear readers, tonight I shall dine alone! My children having had tea earlier and my husband off doing rehearsals for the church Easter gig. *Grumble, grumble*.

He is at work at the moment then he will hopefully have enough time to come home and change before disappearing off and then, because he also has rehearsals in the evening, he is staying for dinner with the choirmaster and his wife. Evening rehearsals will mean he may eventually get back at around 9.30ish. Just in time to say "hiiii!", drink a cup of tea and fall into bed ready for another 4.00a.m work start tomorrow. Blimey! :(

To be fair, this doesn't happen all that often. I think the last time might have been when he was playing keyboards in a production of Seussical the Musical at the Regent Centre in Christchurch with the BOS Musical Company. That was about 4 years ago and before that it was when he went off on some Christmas work dinner.

So naaa, not very often. Still, I have to put on the melodramatic, woe is me thing although this has no effect on Tim whatsoever and he laughs at me. Charming.

So, for me, it's dinner for one and a night in front of the telly ... or haunted fishtank as someone once called it *laughs* - I had no idea, initially, what they were talking about because I'm a bit slow like that!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oh you know, just stuff

Yesterday was April Fool's day and (quite sensibly) my children refrained from playing any practical jokes on me. I am the first to hold up my hand and say I hate practical jokes because, most of the time, they are only amusing to the person carrying out the joke. I don't do them on people and I don't like them. Sorry if that makes me sound all grumpy-guts but there you go.

I did, however, go to Animal Crossing (New Leaf ...soooo cute) and find ....

Oh my bloody god, it's Blanca!


No, not me with my strange glasses! The creepy-weirdo without a face! Blanca used to pop up in Animal Crossing on the Gamecube. She/he would appear on the train and start demanding to know why you were staring at him/her. Um... you have no face! Your face, you don't have one! Your. Face. Is. Absent.

Anyway, this time, Blanca is an April practical joker who goes round impersonating the other villagers and you have to try and work out which one is the real villager and which one is creepy Blanca. Hoho.

What else? Well, I made more bread! Look, white and wholemeal this time!

The bread making is due to the fact that we are sick of buying loaves from our local Tesco and having disgusting things which aren't bread in them. This is a fact. One loaf recently had one of those blue plasters in it (NEARLY THROWS UP). Another also had something blue but wasn't a plaster, just blue ....blobs. Unfortunately, Tesco is convenient for me to walk to but I certainly won't be buying their shitty bread ... ever ... again. Anyway, my homemade bread is gorgeous!

Yesterday I had to go and do my weekly biggish shop (at the aforementioned shoddy Tesco). Had such a lot to get including Easter eggs because they had a good selection and Rosie was worried they might sell out before Easter! Lugged all the stuff home and then realised late-afternoon that I had forgotten one essential item. A tin of beanz! Oh no! We needed these for our dinner (toddler dinner as I call it - we have this now and again - veggie fingers, baked potatoes and beanz). Sooo, I sent Rosie back out for the missing item! Sorted! It was a warm day and she came back hot and sweating (in her enormous, thick sweatshirt) and saying "you didn't give me enough money for a coke!"

Finally, here is Sam Pancake again courtesy of April. This little guy pops up all over the place these days! Here, he's inspecting some (decidedly trashed) piano music.

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