I know that some people have yet to start their October half term, but I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of ours. And what a half term it has been for us, filled with amazing adventures for the teen, and new experiences for Katie. The teen went to Iceland on his school trip for 4 days, and what an amazing time he had. If your kids ever come home from school with an ‘Iceland trip letter’ I can honestly say it was worth every single penny. Trouble is, I now want to experience this amazing country too.

Little Loves


Really failed with picking up a book again, but I did stalk the schools instagram account whilst the teen was away. They did a fantastic job of keeping us updated, and I loved reading what they were up to. From amazing waterfalls to glacier walking, sitting in the Secret Lagoon to visiting the black sand beach, a tiny part of me felt like I was experiencing the trip too.



My boy got to watch the Northern Lights. Even writing this down I get goosebumps, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to actually be there and experience this amazing light show. The Northern Lights came out for them on their final night of the trip, and this picture was taken from the schools instagram account. Unfortunately Morgan’s phone was out of battery so sadly he didn’t get any pictures. But he has those memories, and to experience seeing them at only 15 is bloody amazing.

The Northern Lights


Just before they broke up we went to school for Katie’s settling in evening. It was a chance to meet with her form tutor and some of her teachers. It was lovely to hear that she has settled in really well, and during her first half term at school we have had 3 postcards from school to praise her. She has really thrown herself into high school and loves the challenges of a bigger school. Long may it continue.


Kate made 1.4 metres at long last (see what I did there), and this could only mean one thing….. The big rides at Alton Towers. I honestly think she has been counting down to this day for years, and last Friday we took advantage of an inset day and headed to the theme park for Scarefest. Before 2pm she had conquered Nemesis (3 times), Galactica, Thirteen (twice), Rita, Sonic Spinball and a few others she had been on before. I love that she has her dad’s fearless streak and love of adventure.

Daughter at Alton Towers

Katie at Alton Towers


I picked up a new top in Asda for the bargain price of £10, and have worn it out twice now. Hubby and I went to Bistrot Pierre the other Sunday, and last weekend we enjoyed a night away for the husband’s birthday. Both times I have worn it with black trousers, black boots and my chunky silver necklace.

Dining at Bistrot Pierre

Dining at Cottons Hotel

And lastly

I was sent some amazing gin to try from the lovely people over at 31 Dover. I said a while ago that it was my mission to start trying different gins, as I tend to stick to the same ones. As you can imagine I was over the moon to receive a bottle of Pickering’s Gin, especially when it arrived so beautifully packaged. I will definitely be indulging in a few glasses this weekend.

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Pickerings Gin and 31 Dover