Our wonderful new home

We’ve been in our new home for about three months now and I can’t tell you how happy I am living here.  It’s definitely living up to expectations.

Our house move went so smoothly. I think mainly due to the help of ten of our incredible family and friends.  We had unpacked pretty much all the boxes by the end of the day and were sat eating takeaway curry and watching crap tv by about 8pm.  It was a pretty good start to life in our new home. Continue reading

Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s

It’s no secret that we lovely a good family day out.  Whether it is a trip to the beach or a museum we are often found exploring new places and doing things together.  Recently we added a new favourite to our repertoire.  We went to the circus. Paulos Circus to be specific.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the circus before, even as a child.  Luca definitely hasn’t. So when we were invited to Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s we couldn’t say no.

It worked out to be the perfect activity for the day we picked to go.  It was a gloriously warm day but it was also a day full of thunder storms and lots of rain. Continue reading

Beast by Night at Farmer Copley’s

Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I make a pretty awesome Sunday roast. My mum has taught me well and I’ve added my own little stamp over the years. This means that I don’t really like going out to eat a Sunday roast. I loathe paying for a meal I could have cooked better myself.  This means that despite eating out a lot, we don’t often eat out for Sunday dinner.

A few weekends ago though we had a really busy Sunday. We had a Christening in the morning and lots of other bits we needed to get done so I couldn’t be bothered cooking. It was the perfect opportunity for us to go check out Beast by Night, the new restaurant at Farmer Copley’s.

As you can probably gather, and if you’ve seen my earlier posts about Farmer Copley’s, it is a working farm, and the restaurant is situated on the farm. Therefore, as you’d probably expect, most of the menu is heavily meat based. Having said that, vegetarians like myself, are catered for too. Continue reading

I’m back! 

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted and what a month it’s been.  My absence has been due to our house move which happened on the 1st April and we’ve had no internet since then. It’s actually been quite a nice break, I’ve had no choice but to just step back from the blog and because it was out of my control I didn’t feel too much stress around it really.

But I’m back now and I’ve got so much to write about and tell you. I can’t wait to share our new house with you all, I’m absolutely in love with it and thanks to my amazing family and friends the move went really smoothly and we had pretty much everything in its place by the end of the day. 12 people helping definitely takes a load off your shoulders. I will be forever grateful for their help, in fact that reminds me I still owe them a Sunday dinner as payment.

I’ve also got a long weekend break at the North East Coast to share with you and a restaurant review too. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m also thinking of starting a few new series as well.  Anyway I’m off to sit at my new breakfast bar, with a steaming hot cuppa in hand and try plough through the huge to do list that has resulted from no internet access, hopefully I won’t fall into the trap of procrastinating with online shopping for home-ware!

Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

House Inspiration – Living Room

The living room, the second most used room in a home.  Well it definitely is where we live at the moment.   Our current living room has so much crammed into it due to our severe lack of space. Having said that, the reality is there isn’t that much in there it’s just small.  We have a sofa and large chair, a television on a unit, one small and one medium-sized bookcase,  our fish tank and a side table (which is really a coffee table top laid on top of a dog crate.  This is our house rabbit’s space).  Not much at all really, yet it feels really cluttered and busy.  It doesn’t help that it’s a strange shape so we lose a lot of space because of that as well.

Because it feels cluttered it’s not the most relaxing of spaces.  I’m so looking forward to getting a new space to decorate and make all cosy.

I dream of our living room being inviting and warm.  A place to curl up on a comfy sofa with a blanket and a book.  A place to gather as a family to snuggle up and watch a film.  A place to play with toys in the middle of the floor. A place to sit on an evening with a glass of wine looking out of our bi-folding doors into the garden. I want it to be our sanctuary.  A happy space that everyone is welcome in and will serve multiple purposes depending on what we want from it. Continue reading

A Family Day Spent Exploring Temple Newsam Woods

I’ve been so quiet on here recently for so many reasons but I promise I am still actually here. I’ve been so busy training new therapists at work and if you missed it we are in the process of buying a house, so all of that has been pretty much taking up all my time.  Added to that both Ant and I have worked extra hours meaning I’ve had no time for anything but eating, sleeping and working really. Anyway, at the weekend we got some family time together for the first time in what feels like forever. I was really craving some family time too so it was very welcome when it finally arrived. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – February 2017

Well February flew past in the blink of an eye didn’t it! I can’t believe it’s already time to round up our month.  It’s taken me by surprise that it’s already time to do this.  So here is it, our February in a Nutshell.

1st – 5th February

This week our house got windows!  This got me all excited about buying/making curtains.  I’m itching to get in there now even though we still haven’t exchanged contracts yet. Continue reading

Making the Most of Our Weekends

My husband works ridiculous hours in retail.  As I type this he is working for a nine-day stretch. Nine days of work before he gets a day off and when he does it will be a Friday, Luca will be at school and I’ll be at work.  He also works weekends.  He sometimes gets a Sunday off but for the most part he works them.  Very rarely do we get a whole two-day weekend with him.

When Luca was in pre-school this didn’t bother me as much as it does now.  Ant and Luca used to get days together during the week.  Also because Luca went for 2 and a half days he had more days at home and our days off coincided with each other more often.  Now Luca is at school though we rarely get days together as a family. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – January 2017

We are one month into 2017 already. And if I’m honest it’s not been the best start to the year. January is always a totally crap month for us as we are skint from Christmas and the hundreds of family birthday’s in December, the weather is usually pretty bleurgh and it’s back to reality after the joy of the festive season. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, we did definitely have some highlights to the month. So here is how our January shaped up. Continue reading