Oh how I wish I could say ooooh isn't this sunshine divine and how lovely to feel the sun on us… But NO it's downright soggy and I for one have had enough of it!
Yes the grass is lush and "we so needed it" to quote my husband who has so many people claiming to envy his job, but funnily enough NO ONE wants to be a landscaper in this relentlessly torrential rain. Aside from all this weather talk, how are you all doing?
Thank you for all your lovely comments
I cannot chat longer without saying from my heart how special it was to read, (though hard at times) your replies to me following on from my last blog. I am always so honoured and humbled that you choose to respond with your thoughts and personal stories for each of my blogs and in particular for my last one.
I have felt warmed by your care for me and in turn thought a lot about you all and what you wrote. It seems to me that life truly is our own wonderfully personal journey, sometimes we will have no control of it, but when we do, we should try with all our might to grasp the moment and stick up the signpost saying "stop and breathe, happy times are here".
Now my current signpost says "Happy calm times are here". That's a nice thing to write isn't it and let's hope I don't stumble off that lovely road and down a dodgy old path any time soon!
Tom turns 11!
It's been a busy time in our household having celebrated Tom's 11th birthday. The plan was to be in our garden as it's almost always guaranteed to be fab weather on 4th May. But the blasted rain made it a wash out so luckily as the church hall was free a hasty change of venue ensued and all his classmates Zumba partied!
It was brilliant, even Tom who's response to the news of a Zumba party was "Hate Zumba, hate the hall", loved it!
I meanwhile was in shock at the energy and noise levels of 30 11-year-olds. Unsurprisingly the 100 sausages I'd cooked disappeared swiftly and the chip shop chips wolfed down in a tic. Mr Whiffy (Tom's name for Mr Whippy ice cream van) did arrive in time and served up 30 ice creams from his van. Birthday Boy had a brilliant time and I took up residence on the sofa for the remainder of the evening!
Next step – secondary school
It was poignant though as it will be our last party with all his school friends as looming up oh too quickly is the next chapter….. secondary school . I'm acutely aware that Tom has, I believe, the best ever class friends and has enjoyed his primary school immensely and I am totally fearful of the next chapter..
Having done all my homework and visited all our mainstream secondary schools, most of which are super-sized and huge, I was quite shocked and I suppose saddened at the attitude of so many of the SENCOs or inclusion officers as I believe many are now called.
There seemed to be such a defeatist attitude and I was pretty much told I was mad putting Tom through mainstream? He should be in a special school, and it was a foregone conclusion that he would end up in a special school.
I cried, lots and lots, and also visited the special schools in my area so I could make an informed choice for Tom. Then I asked for a sign! I don't know, I just wanted to be helped I guess, as how do I know what to choose.
Anyway, at one mainstream school I was impressed by the SENCO, her attitude and obviously the school – I just felt this is it, kind of like when you view your house and just know it's the one!
It is most definitely going to be a terrific challenge for Tom but I was told early on never to underestimate him and he deserves the chance always to try. So, the decision was made.
Sadly no one from his school will be going as it's out of our area (that's hard). Getting him there and back (that'll be tricky) and wearing a shirt and tie!!! Better start working on that one now!!
You can sense it's a huge step for him, and us! I just hope that we can all work together, keep an open mind, and remember that good preparation is the key to success. If it is successful then superb if not then we think again, but at the end of the day all I want is for my fabulous Tom to be happy.
Our home is making me happy!
I'm even cake making in my new kitchen, would you believe?! Here are a few slinky shots. I know it's way too tidy but finally I have a place for everything and everything in its place. Well for the photo anyway and perhaps once or twice a week!
The chandelier is up and I love it! Though it was rather an Only Fools and Horses moment getting it there, and oh blimey so heavy. Dan said "let go Darling". Let go? Was he mad, I was unable to release my grip and when finally he prised me out from underneath (not a sensible place to be!) I was a gibbering wreck as I was totally untrusting that it was indeed up and was safe!
And Gypsy is looking totally beautiful amongst the meadow grass Dan has laid for her to nestle in and I had my lovely brother spend some long days working on her so she's nearly ready for a proper unveiling…I can't wait!
As I've written this the rain is STILL hammering down so I've been emailing work and looking ahead to my shows coming up. One of my days will be the Get Gorgeous Event on Friday 18th May. I laughed nervously when Paul (presenter manager) said I should share my tips on being gorgeous! Was he joking? Or just being downright cheeky?! Luckily my husband thinks I am… long may that last! But, what I see in the mirror isn't deserving of that title .
The shows do, however, have lots of fab fashions, accessories, skincare and make-up to really help us feel gorgeous, and that's, I feel, where it really begins… the feeling.
Funnily enough I have just lent a handful of dresses to a friend for a wedding she has this weekend. Guess which two she's chosen from the six I offered? The fantastic and flattering lace dress from Tiana B in navy!
I just knew she'd look gorgeous in it – you might find the perfect dress for you on the 18th. Or if it's an old faithful, you've had for ever but ALWAYS feel gorgeous in then Mr Wilson may provide the all important wow piece for you!
Spoilt for choice with skincare
Charlie Brook funnily enough commented on my skin last week, saying how good it was. Now a compliment really helps in the feel gorgeous stakes doesn't it? So big huge thank you Charlie, you made an old bird very happy!
It's all too easy to be a little lazy, especially when I think I'm in pretty good control of my skin. I go for the "do a little less" routine. However, what a result I saw after I had wandered around with my Papaya Enzyme Peel on, followed by my shiny face mask, Tri Enzyme Gel. Keeley would've been so proud!
It must be said though that I completely adore Emma Hardie's Moringa Balm, I really think its kept me on an even keel, but last scrapings of that too means I'm up for repurchase… again. Or do i try a new product? iI's hard not to be fickle when we have so much available to us.
I'm hoping to catch up with Kelly from New CID Cosmetics, who I admire greatly. Actually that reminds me, my Mummy's eyebrows look fab with her angled brow pencil. Kelly and I knew each other in our previous lives as dancers. I love her range and am always excited to see the demos on air.
Oh I could chat for days, I may not blog often, but when I do… Sorry! J
School run now, in the rain!
Loads of love,