Buying your first home

Buying your first home

It is six months since C moved into a rented flat with her boyfriend D.   They have loved building their first home together and work hard to look after it, as it is rented.   They are also working to hard to save up their first deposit to buy their own…
Tuscan memories

Tuscan memories

Tuscany holds special memories for me.  It is where Mr B proposed.  In Florence.   In the Uffizi?  Nope?  On the Ponte Vecchio?  Nope.   But on one knee in a Tapas restaurant.   Something I blogged about here:  Six years ago today and so when I was asked if I would like…
The Gallery– Great Outdoors

The Gallery– Great Outdoors

We had the most amazing Christmas last year, away in a holiday cottage in Cornwall with my parents, my inlaw, my granny, three teens and Miss C's boyfriend D.   It was brilliant.  Enough space for all to spread out but around the roaring fire (that my dad proudly kept lit…
Mixed Berry Frozen Yogurt

Mixed Berry Frozen Yogurt

Now that my recipes are award winning...  what?  You didn't know?  Oh yes dear reader.   Remember my strawberry cheesecake recipe?  Well it won a competition run by Netmums:  Slow Cooked Strawberry Cheesecake  AND is set to be mentioned in a national newspaper on Thuraday, complete with the picture in took.…
Camp Bestival here we come

Camp Bestival here we come

You may have noticed over on the side bar over there *points to the right hand side* that we have proudly announced that we are official Camp Bestival bloggers this year.   Now, regular readers may think this is hilarious.  The idea of me going to a festival again after what…
Summer in the Loire

Summer in the Loire

Buy end of term teacher's gifts.  Check Attend speech day for J.   Check Attend speech day for E.  Check Read end of term report for J.  Check Attend parent's evening for E.  Check Stare at contents of J's school bedroom piled on floor in kid's playroom for two weeks.   Check…
Top 10 tips for holiday budgeting

Top 10 tips for holiday budgeting

It's that time of year, end of term looming, that I start my last minute holiday planning.   Yesterday it involved printing off all my confirmation emails etc and checking everything was as it should be.  No last minute panic when we realise the holiday cottage is booked for the wrong…
The Gallery — Younger Me

The Gallery — Younger Me

oh yes people.  Look at that. On the Gallery this week the theme is one that means there is no escaping a picture of me.   A younger me.   That picture was taken on 22nd November 1998 (not that I have a phenomenal memory, it is date stamped in the left…