Achievements In September

So this month

Sir has:

been to computer club at lunchtime

done good writing and learning in English

worked independently in maths

behaved himself at his podiatry appointment

settled very well into his new class

Madam has

started high school

been doing her homework straight after school on the night she’s given it

has been to games club and construction club at lunchtime

settled in very well at high school

been complimented on her rising trot at horse riding lessons.



Word of the Week 28/09/18 Autumn #WotW

Autumn is officially here, the autumn equinox was last Sunday, there’s been a bright harvest moon all week and various coffee chains are putting “bonfire” spice and “pumpkin” spice on top of their lattes 😀

I love autumn, the lovely sunny days, the leaves changing colour, crisp mornings. It’s also when I start the Big Christmas Clean. So far I’ve replaced curtains, taken down the fire guard – at last! I’ve got a big notice board for the kitchen to put all the important school letters and appointments on, it covers a lot of the wall which believe me is a good thing..

It’s not long till our autumn break at Centerparcs, so I’ve started to prepare for that.

I read somewhere, someone said they thought we should make our new year resolutions in September as there seems to more of an impetus for change whilst there’s still sunshine, unlike in January when all we (well me anyway) want to do is hide inside and forget the cold weather! I could get behind that as an idea!

This is a photo I took of the lake at Sherwood Forest last year.


Word of the Week 14/09/2018 Time #WotW

Another nine days and autumn will officially be here.. where did the time go? Both the kids are at high school now, becoming proper little (well not little) grown ups. Where did that time go??

It’s weird because although the year is passing quickly, the actual amount of time I have each day has increased. The kids are off on the school bus by ten past eight and they don’t get back home again till four, so apart from work I literally have all day to myself!

I’ve found I have time for food shopping and coffee mornings ON THE SAME DAY! I’ve found time to sort my curtains out (thank goodness that’s done with now..) time to start a massive autumn/pre Christmas clean of the house. Time to make many, many lists.. and time to just sit and have a coffee, by myself in peace like I am now 😀

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Word of the Week 24/08/2018 Unplanned #WotW

I have chosen unplanned as this week’s word because a) we didn’t have much planned and b) a couple of things happened that were unplanned.

First of all Madam had an appointment at the orthostist on Tuesday, given Sir’s dislike of hospitals I had planned for my Mum to look after him. He however had other ideas and insisted that he wanted to come too. But it worked out well as the orthotist was able to take a sneaky look at Sir’s feet and gave me some good advice. Afterwards we took an unplanned trip to Costa and then went to get Sir’s school shoes and both sets of PE trainers.

I went to do the food shop on Wednesday, I had planned which stores I wanted to visit, but due to roadworks I ended up shopping at just one of them – very unplanned and it cost me more money..

Thursday I took the kids fruit picking, thinking I knew where I was going.. but we took an unplanned diversion because I went the wrong way at a set of lights.. whoops.

Hope everyone has a good weekend

Word of the Week 21/07/2018 Shopping #WotW

My word could also have been “retail park” as that’s where I’ve spent most of this week, or Costa because there’s one at the retail park and you can’t not go in and get an iced latte when it’s this hot!

I’ve been holiday shopping, birthday shopping, baby shopping (not for me!), teacher present shopping and food shopping!

I didn’t do a *big* shop and I think I’ve probably spent more money as a result…and as for my poor credit card…

Everyone’s birthday (Madam, Sir and Hubby) are in August, I wanted to get things sorted before the kids broke up, fitting in shopping trips around sports days, leavers assemblies, leavers parties and all the other end of term stuff.

All done now (well nearly..) hope everyone had a great last week of term!

Gardening Update 08/07/2018

Well with the glorious summer we’ve had so far – and it looks set to continue – I’ve been keeping a careful eye on my plants and veg. My basil and pepper plants got a little over watered.. they had roots coming out the bottom of the pot, so a quick trip to get bigger pots was required. All three pepper plants are now in the same pot, they look very healthy and I water every other day, same with the basil, I have five plants in one pot, four are very small, but they are all doing very well.

I harvested a carrot yesterday! whoohoo! my spring onions are looking much better too. The tomato plants have all got fruit on them now.

Looks like my azalea got hit by the cold weather earlier this year, it didn’t flower at all. I’ve given it a bit of a prune, it looks a lot better now, so hopefully it flower next spring.

The fuchsia cutting I did for my friend looks amazing! I was at her house for coffee the other day, I couldn’t believe it had doubled in size. I will definitely do one or more next year for myself. I love the colour of the flowers and frankly I’m all for free plants!

The fuchsia I took the cutting from is bursting into flower, looks lovely and my lavender plant looks really good too.

Unfortunately the garden lily seedlings didn’t take very well, the flowers on the original lily looked gorgeous for a few days then they all wilted.

But the flowers in my hanging basket are still going strong so I’m happy with my achievements!

Word of the Week 22/06/2018 Outside #WotW

I’ve been outside quite a bit this week, my work rota has seen me out on the playground for the whole dinnertime, nice in the summer not so nice in the winter!

Some of the bushes in the garden have needed attention so I sorted them out today, not as much as I’d have liked but the green bin is full so they’ll have to wait a bit before I go at them again.

I’ve got washing out on the line today (Thursday) blowing nicely in the breeze.

My tomato plants are now all outside and they have flowers on them.. fingers crossed the tomatoes appear without too many problems!

The kids have been out a lot too, they went on the Kids Out day at Drayton Manor, both thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂