Where an earth did the last 3 weeks go. If I am honest I have been consumed with the emotion of Katie leaving primary school. In the past 3 weeks we have had the Year 6 trip to London, leavers assembly, leavers party, and then the final goodbye to primary school after 11 amazing years. It has certainly been an end of an era in the Williams’ house.

Tween style

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Katie’s leaving book and shirt which had so many wonderful messages from friends and teachers.

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It has to be the leavers assembly which was last Friday.  My tears were kept under wraps for all of 2 minutes, until Katie opened the assembly.… Continue reading

Today I will pick my little lady up from primary school for the very last time. The final school run EVER at 3.15pm, after doing it for 11 years.

Primary School

11 years of doing the school run in the wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail and occasionally the sun.

11 years of getting my children to school on time (apart from that time I was REALLY late and Katie got a late mark). Oh and that time my husband went to work with the house keys in his pocket and we were locked in.

11 years of standing in a soggy school field, cheering on your kids at sports day.… Continue reading

Another 2 weeks has passed since I last joined in with Little Loves, and what a fortnight. Last week we were in Greece, and this week has been a blur of high school transition days, work, family life, school reports, SATS results (both amazing) and orthodontic appointments for the teen. I am ready to flop on the sofa this evening with a bottle of wine and Gilmore Girls.

Glass of wine

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I am loving Big Little Lies (thanks to all the Little Loves people that have mentioned it in their posts recently). I am about half way through and it has gripped me from the first page.… Continue reading

Who doesn’t look forward to evenings.  A chance to relax, have a meaningful conversation with your other half, and catch up with your favourite tv programmes. But in reality you flop down on the sofa, can never agree on what to watch, and then grunt at each other as social media sucks you in.

Perfect night in

So every Saturday we have decided we will have a ‘perfect night in’. From catching up on our favourite box sets (currently on Gilmore Girls, Series 6), to actually agreeing on a film to watch together. Our phones will be banished upstairs, snacks will be consumed, and the obligatory candles will be lit.… Continue reading

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.

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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