Tuesday 16 June 2015

10 things I'm good at

1. Being a mum

Well I like to think so but others comment on how nice and polite the girls are so I think I'm doing a good job! My parenting technique is to let the girls be on their own a lot (it does wonders for boredom!) but to be there on hand if they need me. I'm definitely not a helicopter parent! P.S. Matt is a fab dad too but this post is about me :D

2. Reading

Well duh! If you read this blog often then you will now that I love books and often have at least one on the go all the time. If I'm not reading a book then I'm reading things online - blogs, news, opinion pieces etc. I'm fairly indiscriminate about the things I read too although if it's terrible then I have no qualms about getting rid of it once read. I think I've only ever given up on a book once and that was Little Women many years ago.

3. Remembering faces

This comes in handy when watching TV and you spot a face you recognise but can't remember where from. I'm normally the one saying 'Oh yes, he was in a crime thing and was chasing the policeman down an ally when a colleague shot the policeman in the back' From that, Matt normally has a good chance of remembering what it was and then remembering where we have seen him before.

I'm equally good with people in real life :)

4. Listening

Many times over the years I've been told I'm a good listener - I also like to think that I am good at giving advice too but only when asked for. I don't like those people who come along and say 'Well, what you need to do is......' when you haven't asked for their opinion!

5. Bargain hunting

Again regular readers of this blog won't be shocked by this admission! An example of this is my wedding dress costing me the grand total of 50p in a charity shop!

It did cost another £50 to have a hideous bow taken off the front and all of the roses sewn onto the bodice but still, it's a bargain!

6. Sleeping

I'm ace at sleeping :) I will fall asleep anywhere at any time. I also have cracking dreams too - very vivid and detailed and I tend to remember them for a good hour after I wake up.

7. Helping others

I've been told off in the past for taking too much care of others at the detriment to myself but I can't help it. I feel like I'm destined to help others in various ways - by listening, volunteering, suggesting ideas or just plain giving money/cups of tea/food.

8. Procrastinating

I'm very, very good at this :) If there is something to be done you'll find me doing something else! Although that doesn't extend to cleaning or ironing - I'm usually not that desperate to get out of doing something else!

9. Not caring what others think

Me with my 'new to me' geography teacher patches jacket! After years of being bullied/picked on/talked about for being different I have developed quite a thick skin when it comes to people talking about me/commenting about my clothes/hair etc. As I've got older this has developed into a 'don't give a damn what you are thinking about me' attitude :D

10. Gardening

I like experimenting in the garden to see what does and doesn't grow! We are having great fun with seeing what veggies and fruit take and which things like growing where. This photo was taken last year when I changed the garden from something that wasn't working to this. Hopefully there will be more photo's soon of the veggies that are growing - the raspberries plants have really taken over that front bed so fingers crossed they will all fruit!

Later in the week/month/year (!) there will be a 10 things I'm bad at post ;)

Thursday 19 March 2015


Alas, not my own yet (last time I checked I was 100th on the waiting list!) but one that is run by Community Solutions North West as an addition to the food bank in Burnley. Basically I wanted to do some volunteering and decided that the food bank was the place I wanted to volunteer. CSNW run the food bank alongside lots of other good things for the community like befriending, street soccer and a fabulous thing called Repaint. When I heard that L (who runs the food bank side of it) was looking to set up allotments to provide fresh food for the food parcels, I was in like a shot!

We have some poly tunnels behind head office in Accrington which are pleasant to work in at the moment but that are going to be ridiculously hot in the summer! There is a lot growing in there already and we are using these to start off a lot of seeds ready to be transferred to the other allotment plots. Craig Heap (Olympic gymnast and Burnley resident) gave some land from his private allotments to the food bank so we also have some outdoor allotments to work on.

They were farmers fields so the soil underneath is going to be wonderful with all the manure on it but as you can see by the pile, there is a lot of grass to take off the top before we can start planting the potatoes out!

The view isn't too bad either and it's going to get much more pleasant as the weather warms up! I volunteer every Friday (possibly a bit more if I have time during the summer) and I've already asked L if the dog and girls can come and help during holidays and it's been approved!

Roll on summer :)

Thursday 5 March 2015


This is really only a shout out for my Mum and Dad - they are finally online and have said that they will have a look at my blog so 'Hi, Mum and Dad!'

Harry dog says hello :)

Sunday 1 March 2015

Welcome 2015!

I'm only a bit late to the party but better late than never eh?

Now I'm not going to promise that I'm going to be here more and post x amounts of posts per week but I will promise that I'll try. 2015 is shaping up to be a fan-bloody-tastic year so far and hopefully I can share more of that over the next few weeks.

I'm keeping up with my reading challenge so expect posts about that, the hexipuff quilt is slowly growing and I'm slowly getting back into Swirlyarts stuff.

All exciting things to come!

Me digging on the allotment - more to come on that later :)