It’s official! Spring has sprung! Thanks so much for all your fabulous comments and stories about your first cars. I have to admit to laughing out loud reading some of your anecdotes, although it became pretty evident that the car clearly in the lead and top of the list was the humble Austin Mini! We had a few Fiats and Ford Fiestas and even a red van with yellow bumpers – good times and great memories – thank you for them.
Well, the last time I wrote to you, Colin and I were about to spend a weekend looking after Honey, George and Henry while Lucy and Simon were away. We had such a lovely time and the children were as good as gold. Colin took the boys to see the Lego Batman movie, while Honey and I had a look around the local shops.
Unfortunately we got caught in a hailstorm on our way back, but Honey was cosy and dry in her pushchair while I had my trusty Centigrade coat on (one of seven that I own!) so I survived the worst of it!
Of course all the fresh air gave her an appetite, and she did very well with this little buffet!
We had some games and playtime before bath time, and although the boys stayed up with us for a little while longer, they were all incredibly good and slept through until 7am. After a big breakfast I took them to the swings and spent a rather energetic half hour or more trying to keep them all moving at the same time!
Little Henry said how lovely it was to be out in the park together, in fact his own words were “This is great being a family of swingers together…” Out of the mouths of babes and all that!
Once Lucy and Simon were home we all had lunch and then Colin and I headed home. I’ve got to be honest and say I’d forgotten how tiring it can be keeping up with all the cooking, caring and conversation, but the feeling of contentment that spending time together brings is one I won’t forget in a hurry.
The next ten days passed in a blur with some fabulous hours at the Q including Molton Brown ( I bought Colin the set of three shower gels including the Tobacco Absolute, Black Pepper and Oud Accord.) Diamonique, Joe Browns Fashion and Lulu Guinness Accessories.
As my sister Jenny said, what’s not to like?! She came to stay with us over the weekend, and after an eight mile hike around Bracknell’s Look Out, we had a lovely evening just the two of us putting the world to rights 🙂
She rarely has a day off, and spends any spare time she does have either looking out for our mum, or with her daughter Emily and her grandson James. I’d been to see mum just a few days earlier when it was so warm we sat in the garden most of the afternoon. That was before she made me an old favourite for dinner, liver and bacon. It’s not something I have that often as Colin can’t bear liver, but it was cooked to perfection and just the way I like it.
Anything you particularly like to eat? Any favourite recipes? Do feel free to share!
This year I was home for my birthday, although I did receive some lovely cards from you before my days off, so thank you very much for remembering me! Jack came and stayed the night before which was a real treat, and having taken him home as he was working, we had planned to go out for dinner with Jo and Simon.
Unfortunately I started to feel unwell around lunchtime, and by 4.30pm I was in bed with the most cracking headache. I can only imagine it was a migraine, although I had to wrack my aching brain to remember, because the only other time I’d had something similar was before Jack was born! I’d been driving home on the M6, and had to stop at a motorway services to get some Solpadeine.
Unfortunately the ones I chose were soluble, and as I had no water in the car, I had to chew them! Heaven knows what the other motorists thought as I drove gingerly down the slow lane, frothing at the mouth!
I woke up on Friday feeling much better, which was lucky as Colin had arranged to take me to Brighton for the day. We had a lovely yet blustery walk along the front, and then a late lunch in The Lanes. After a spot of shopping we went back to our abode and spent a relaxing evening together – perfect.
We had to head back the following day as Lucy and Sam were coming over to see us, at least that was what I’d thought. Lucy had actually arranged for my nephew James and as many of Colin’s children and their partners as possible to join us too.
She’d decorated the house, and everyone had chipped in to provide a fabulous feast including a beautiful cupcake bouquet! It was so good to see them all, and little Honey who behaved impeccably – she even let Lily paint her nails! I’m trying to think of something I can do to make Honey’s second birthday in May special, so any suggestions, just let me know!
Thanks to your advice last year I had a full complement of daffodils under the magnolia tree this year which as you can see, is now in full bloom. The birds are still loving the bird table, although I had a rather furry visitor yesterday…
Not sure Richard Jackson would approve of his Premium High Energy Bird Food being scoffed by a squirrel! Can you believe I’ve used pretty much the entire 14kg over the last three months! Wish I’d got it on auto delivery now! 🙂
It’s a rare treat for me to be launching the brand new Decleor TSV on Saturday night, but I’ve definitely picked a winner. It’s a four piece Skin in Bloom hydrating collection and includes the brand new Aromessence Neroli Amara.
40 years on, and having been voted by 182 industry experts as the best facial oil ever, Decleor have spent two years improving this already amazing product. Our Decleor guest Fiona Brackenbury told me that it now includes more hydration and anti pollution protection which will work even harder to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles!
There are three other top selling products included in the TSV– Hydra Floral, Micellar Oil Cleanser and a choice between my all time favourite the Gradual Glow or System Corps – tanning or hydrating, you choose! At under £60 there’s never been a better time to treat yourself and your skin 🙂
With all this excitement in the air for our Decleor offer, and considering it’s spring, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a little competition fun 🙂
I’ve been given a selection of Decleor goodies to giveaway, that are an absolute must for a springtime pamper session – the prize, which is worth over £120(!) – includes Aromessence Iris, Hydra Floral, Creme Mains, Prolagene Lift and Aroma Cleanse.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer this question correctly:
The brand new Aromessance Neroli Amara contains essential oils from the bitter orange tree. Are these oils from:
A) the fruit and leaves
B) the flower and fruit
C) the flower, fruit, leaves and twigs.
To enter, just leave your answer as a comment below this blog. You’ll have to leave your email address but don’t worry, it won’t be published. The competition closes at midday on Friday 31st March and the winner will be chosen at random. For more details check the full standard Terms and Conditions.
That’s it from me for this week. I do hope you enjoy the photos and I’ll look forward to hearing from you. Una, been thinking of you and hope all is well with you and Meli, also Debz and Sue too! Take care and enjoy your week.
With my love,