Not only has May been a month of birthdays for us, but also a month in which we welcomed our newest member to the family… but more on that later!
I can’t believe it’s almost a month since we returned from our trip, and it feels as though our feet haven’t touched the floor since. Although I got all the washing done I didn’t finish my unpacking until Jenny and Linda came to stay, and Jenny very kindly helped me. There always seems so much more to put away doesn’t there?
Before that we had Honey’s third birthday, and I was truly grateful to have my KitchenAid on hand to make the cake, as I was struggling a tad with jet lag, and everything was taking me twice as long! The theme for the party was ‘Frozen’ a la Disney mode, and so the cake decoration was fairly straightforward – I only had to use my imagination when creating Olaf! Lucy had found ‘Elsa’ and ‘Anna’ figures to stand with Olaf on my flat iced cake, and had also discovered that Elsa was now living in Swindon, and was more than happy to come and sing at Honey’s party!
Unusually for the UK, the first Bank Holiday in May was – as you know – blisteringly hot, and so it was a little difficult to recreate the frozen wastes of Arandelle, but Colin performed a miracle with his snow machine, and made the magic happen! Honey and her friends were amazed, and the grown-ups loved it too – not a dry eye in the house! Both Sam and Jack were able to come over too, and it was so good to see them all together as it’s not very easy to organize that often.
Of course my time with Honey was shared that day, but I had her all to myself when she came for a sleepover last weekend. Again the weather was kind and so we spent most of the day outdoors: we fed the birds, watered the plants, were creative with Playdoh, ate ice cream and just chilled. Her body armour in the photo wasn’t because we were expecting birds of prey to the table, it was just that she’d been riding her bike! She’s growing up so fast, and is really chatty (I wonder who she gets that from?). She can even write her own name now – such a great little companion, and an absolute treasure to me.
May has been a busy month at work as well, and I really enjoyed my shows with Antthony Hankins founder of Antthony Designs, SJ Froom of Bareminerals and a whole plethora of foodie guests, when I got to eat my entire body weight in all kinds of fab food including Forman’s Smoked Salmon, for our regular feature Eat, Taste and Love. Along with Dale and Andi Peters, I think our kitchen hours are great, and was so glad that you too thought our Vitamix Today’s Special Value was a winner. That beetroot and basil soup was incredible!
I’ve got another TSV coming up next week from Cook’s Essentials. It’s a three litre microwave pressure cooker, and before you shake your head, remembering all too clearly the cumbersome, unreliable and very noisy pressure cookers of the past – this IS different. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, completely safe, and comes in some really great colours too! Simon Brown and I will be cooking some tasty nutritious meals super quick on Wednesday at midnight.
I did want to thank you for your lovely holiday anecdotes, and for letting me know what you’ve managed to cram into these warm and wonderfully sunny days. I managed to get down to Dorset to see Roz and Chris for a couple of days which was lovely, and we sat and watched the sun go down and then warmed ourselves by the fire pit until it got too dark to see! It’s amazing how the smoke always follows you round, no matter where you sit! I smelt like a bonfire that night, but it was well worth it. : )
I hope I managed to answer all your comments this month, and was sorry to hear from those of you who haven’t been well, or have been struggling to care for someone who’s poorly. It’s never easy and I know how worrying it can be. As a family we too have had a difficult time since my mum’s partner of thirty years, Joe, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had an operation a few weeks back to remove the tumour, and I’m relieved to say it was successful so he is now home from hospital and on the road to recovery. Considering he’s 85, we were all concerned that the surgery might be difficult for him, but he did really well. My mum’s now doing an incredible job of caring for him (she’s 82!) with help from my sister Jenny, and me, when I can get down to see them. I’ve finally changed my car, following more problems with my back, so I will be able to take them both to the seaside once Joe’s strong enough, and that’s something for us all to look forward to : )
Something else I’ve been looking forward to doing is sharing these beautiful photos with you. Welcome to the newest member our family, Diesel! He is an Old English Bulldog and belongs to my son Sam. The first few pictures are before he was able to come home to Sam, but he’s now firmly settled in with my boy, and getting used to his new life. He’s even got his own Instagram page – diesel.the.oeb – with probably more followers than I have! : )
Take care, with my love,