Well what a week that was. There was only one thing we were all talking about, and of course that was the heat. It has been far too hot to cook, and we have had a few meals out this week which has been lovely. You can’t beat family time, nice food and lots of chatter and laughing.

Chiquitos Dessert

Chiquitos food

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I haven’t read anything of interest this week.

Watched

Gorgeous fluffy owls flying. My husband had got me an Owl Experience for my birthday back in January, and only I could make the booking on the hottest day of the year. But what an experience it was.… Continue reading

How has it been 3 weeks since I joined in with Little Loves. Life seems to be busy at the moment…. a good busy so I won’t complain. I have had some lovely blog events and reviews over the past few weeks, with more on the horizon.

Daughter and Lisa Faulkner

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After hearing so many good things about Big Little Lies, I picked up the book in Sainsburys last week. Always a winner when you can combine food shopping with book buying, and at less than £4 it was a bargain. I have not started it yet as I am saving it for when we go on holiday.… Continue reading

During half term Katie and I enjoyed a very special trip to London. We had been invited by Belvoir Fruit Farms to spend the day learning about elderflower, and baking with the lovely Lisa Faulkner. Now I must admit I had only tried elderflower a handful of times, but now it’s a firm favourite to accompany my gin and tonic. Honestly try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial

Belvoir is a family owned and run business, and they have been producing elderflower cordials for over 30 years.  No doubt you would  have seen the distinctive design of the bottles in supermarkets, farm shops and restaurants. … Continue reading

It’s been 2 weeks since I joined in with the ‘Little Loves’ linky, and to be honest I nearly didn’t write this post. In a week that has been filled with such awful sadness, I found it hard to look for the little things that have made me smile. But when such tragic events happen, it’s even more important to look for the good that is happening around us.

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I seem to have read alot of menus the past fortnight. From the amazing menu at The Alchemist which is literally full of delightful cocktails. To being faced with 3 menus at Gusto in Knutsford the other evening.… Continue reading

I am so glad it’s Friday as it means the year 6 SATS are over. Katie has been doing tests for the past 4 days, but today it’s own clothes and toy day.  She has handled this week brilliantly, keeping herself calm and doing her absolute best.  I gave her this card on Sunday night, as it pretty much summed up our feelings towards the tests.

SATS card

I am so proud of her, and tonight we are going to the Trafford Centre to treat her and go for a meal. Plus it’s a double celebration as it’s our 16th wedding anniversary today.… Continue reading

Oh May, you are definitely my favourite month of the year.  A month which will see us banish our coats until Autumn (hopefully), and wave goodbye to our winter boots. A month that graces us with not one, but TWO bank holidays. And hopefully the month where the sun decides to shine that little bit more.

Hello May

May is a month of celebration for us. On the 15th of May, it is 18 years since I met my husband (18 YEARS), and on the 12th May we will celebrate 16 years of marriage. We don’t have any firm plans yet, but I am hoping for a little weekend getaway.… Continue reading

Another fortnight has passed since I last wrote my Little Loves, and what a funny 2 weeks it has been. The kids went back to school, and for Katie this is her final term at her Primary (all of the sobs from me). And just when we were settling into our normal routine, husband did his back in. For the best part of a week he was lying on the sofa in agony, but thankfully he is on the mend now. We had lunch out on Wednesday, and yesterday he went back to work.

White Lion Pub in Cheshire

Tuna and cheese baguette

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I love buying books from charity shops, and I picked this up yesterday for £1.49.… Continue reading

I have had a complete break from blogging over the past fortnight, and whilst it has been nice to switch off, I am now itching to get back. If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed we have been in Greece. We returned to Ikos Olivia which is in Halkidiki, the most amazing 5* resort. We were treated like family when we arrived at the hotel, and we spent the week relaxing, eating and sampling the huge cocktail menu they have. The lovely Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos is there at the moment, and I am gutted our holidays did not cross over.… Continue reading

I can’t quite believe that the kids break up today, and it really does feel that this half term has been the quickest one yet. But with the holidays fast approaching it can only mean one thing….. We have 2 and a half sleeps till GREECE.

Deluxe Pool at Ikos Olivia

Ikos Olivia reception

Yes I am counting Sunday night as half a sleep due to the lovely 2.30am alarm call. It will be worth it when I am sipping cocktails around the pool on Monday afternoon. So apart from running around like a headless chicken getting ready for our holiday, what else have we been up to.… Continue reading

I honestly thought we were turning a corner with the weather, as we were graced with a beautiful Spring day on Wednesday. Thankfully it was my day off, and I headed to David Lloyd for a dip in the outdoor pool. Oh and I couldn’t resist embracing Spring by picking up some tulips and (yet another) planner.

Sainsburys planner and tulips

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The David Lloyd club that I attend has just introduced a free book library, so I picked up My Sister’s Keeper. I have not started it yet, but I believe I need to stock up on tissues.

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper

Watched

Gilmore Girls has been put on the back burner, and for the past few nights it has been all about The Replacement.… Continue reading