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Weekly Witterings #18

1. Today I had a physio personal best of 18cm on one of my measurements, both my physio and I had a mini cheer! I finally feel like I am back in control and nearly back on track 😃 only 3 1/2 months later,

2. A nice man called  Daniel has come and measured my bathroom and ensuit and is doing some designs. Now to wait to see how scarily expensive the quotes are. He lives in the same village and knows my neighbours.

3. Four day weekend and a trip to the beach at Hunstanton coming up so going to post this a bit early. Fun with Tom, Fiona and Eilidh. Eilidh is very excited about going to sea side house and has been working hard to say her ‘S’s properly for it.

4. I am going to be Aunt to another puppy

How cute is she!?

6 1/2 weeks old so not long till Allan and Laura can take her home to cause mayhem with Lenny.

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Holiday with lots of visits

I decided to take the week before Lisa and Dave’s  wedding off and stay somewhere in the area and make time to catch up with everyone.

I started by driving down to Southampton on the Sunday to meet up with the Wood family who live in Toton. It was so good to see them and I was very pleased that both Beth and Reuben were not shy as I haven’t seen them for several years. We went to the New Forrest Wildlife Park for a bit of a wander. Then we went back the their house and had dinner and a game of Carcassome before Beth and Reuben went to bed and I had a good catch up with Melissa and Dave.

I stayed in the Holiday Inn Express next to the M271, which was comfortable but a little noisy when people started to get up at 6:30 ish.


On Monday I had a quick trip to West Quay shopping centre and IKEA before heading to Freham to meet up with Jenny and her little boy Benjamin. Unfortunately her husband Paul was working and her daughter Suzannah was at school so I didn’t get to see them but I had a nice time with Jenny and Benjamin.

After that I headed to Port Solent to locate my holiday home for the week. It was lovely.  

On Monday evening I met with with Katie and Cath and we headed to Pizza Express at Gun Wharf Quays, Katie has a NUS card so we took advantage of their 40% off on Mondays offer. Then we headed to Scoops for desert.  

Cath and I managed to finish our but Katie’s beat her.

On Tuesday I went to my Auties house in Emsworth and also met up with my Cousin Karen and her boys Elliott (2.5 ish) and Rupert (9 weeks). I got Rupert cuddles 😊. Later Charlie came round too.

In the evening I went to Jim and Claire’s house for dinner and Katina was there too. After dinner we assembled the children’s gift bags for Lisa and Dave’s wedding that Claire and Katrina had been busy organising.

On Wednesday I went to my Uncles house in Nutbourne and also saw his other half Susan. A bit Latter Karen called in to tell her dad something so I saw her, Elliott and Rupert again too which was a nice bonus.

Wednesday Evening was spent with the Morehouse family, Ricky, Laura, Abi and Jess. I got to read Jess and Abi their bedtime story.

On Thurday morning I had sometime to chill and the weather was lovely so I sat on the balcony and did some chrochet before meetin up with Paul, Laura and Matthew their little boy. I also got to catch up briefly with Laura’s mum and go and see the house they are doing up and extending which was quite exciting.

Friday was spent doing final wedding preparations with Lisa and meeting the bridemaid I didn’t know Bre and her husband and mum. It was also good to see Lisa’s parents before the wedding day.

Saturday was Lisa and Dave’s wedding so I was up early and at Lisa’s parents for getting ready which was lots of fun. See the blog about the wedding for more on that.

Sunday was my last day of my holiday and after a quick trip to Gun Wharf Quays for some retail therapy (nice new Radley bag at 50% off) I met up with lots of friends at one of our usually pubs. It was espcailly nice to catch up with Sarah and her boyfriend Chris s I hadn’t seen her for several years! Then we all went for a little wander by the sea before my drive home. 

A hectic but lovely week! 

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Wedding Fun

Lisa and Dave are married  

And I was their chief bridesmaid (which means I did lots of hen party planning and sat on the end of the top table).  

And there were two other bridesmaids, Julie and Bre and two mini-made a Mille and Beth.  

The church was St George’s in Sothbourne and the reception venu was Southbourne Village Hall which was beautifully decorated. I particularly liked the huge helium balloons.   

 It was a lovely day and it was particularly good to catch up with lots of University friends and their numerous offspring. Still not entirely sure how two of the boys each lost a shoe, seemingly onto the railway tracks…

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Hen Party Happenings

There were two parts to the fun, the afternoon had a school theme including lunch and some lessons, the main event being art class.

The other lessons were little quizzes, an English lesson with questions about Lisa, a Registration lesson where people had to get other to sign squares and a photo quiz guessing Lisa’s ages and years which was the Maths lesson. 


There was also a photo booth and a scrap book that guests were encouraged to make a page for.  

There were decorations including my chrochet butting and flowers  

And a table or two for food and drink including little milk bottles (school milk used to be a UK thing but I am not of the right age to remember it) and a tuck shop.  

Art class was a life drawing class with a “Rob the Naked Guy” (that’s how he signed his message in Lisa’s scrap book) which everyone got into and took quite seriously. Some of the poses involved others…  

The evening was the graduation party

And there was lots of giggling, games and pizza (about £170 worth!!!)  


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Birthday Celebrations

So today is my birthday and it has involved…

Friends – lots of lovely messages, texts, emails, visits and birthday wishes 😃

Balloons – Eilidh said I needed balloons and they are lovely pearly type ones.

Cake – lots of it! This is a selection.


Birthday cake – Fiona and Eilidh made this amazing, huge., multicoloured (rainbow), piñata cake complete with candles.



Banners – hanging silver, pink, blue and gold star banners

Mini party – a few friends popped round for coffee and cake 🎉

Presents – my mention my birthday at the last minute was foiled by some people who managed to produce cards and presents and hardly any notice. The gifts have included wool, knitting book, yoghurt maker, smellies, sweets, an Alli picture, flowers, coasters (butterfly’s and reindeer from Helsinki), socks, flowers, baking things and a desk bunny (it has scissors for ears!).


It has been a good one!

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Weekly Witterings #5

1. The night before we sailed into Venice we went through a storm. 50+ mph winds and 70+ mph gusts hitting the side of the ship along with thunder and lightning. I woke up to the captain making an announcement which basically told everyone not to panics the ship isn’t sinking. I had slipped down the bed quite a bit due to the ship healing over in the wind.

2. Sailing into Venice was amazing. So glad to do it again before they stop the big ships sailing up past St Mark’s Square and the entrance to the Grand Canal.


3. Great trip down to Portsmouth. Lisa bought the first wedding dress she tried on (we made her try other on too) and we found a bridesmaid dress for Julie and me.

4. Portsmouth feels strangely familiar but not. I has been about two years since my last trip down.

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More Bunnies

So two more bunnies made.


Bit sad that they are now separated, one in Wellington New Zealand and one still here in Cambridge area.

Beth is pleased with her grey on according to Mummy and so is William according to his Mummy.

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Creations for a new baby and her sister

I think making thing for other people is one of my favorite hobbies. I love deciding what to make for someone and having them in mind when I am making it. Then I love giving it to them and hoping they like it. Making things for new babies tops the list of favourite people to create something for.

This giraffe was created for a friends new baby girl who is about two weeks old now.

I didn’t like the tail in the book, it wasn’t very baby safe, so I changed it.

The new baby already has a lovely big sister and I didn’t want her to feel left out so she got this little owl.

I have heard that the owl is a hit and cheered up the big sister who hasn’t been feeling very well today.

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Feeling blessed

What a great birthday weekend. Nothing crazy and exciting but lots of time relaxing with friends.

Phone calls, cards and pressies from family.
Lovely text messages, cards and emails from friends further away.
Lie ins.
Lots of Facebook birthday greetings.
Visits from local friends.
A yummy lunch with lunch and dinner.
Some baking.
Cuddles with beautiful Eilidh.
Coffee and cakes with more friends.
Playing with Lego.
Some craft in the form of Women’s Day gifts and Messy Praise prep.
Larry the Lego lantern.
Lots of laughter.
Oh and I’d I mention CAKE.

Feeling rather tired now (had a few bad night with stupid back), watching Call The Midwife in my PJs.

So thankful for my family and all my wonderful friends, both near and far 🙂

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Women’s Day and Cath visiting

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Last weekend was brilliant.  My church had a women’s day on the Saturday which was brilliant.  The speakers, Mary Pytches and Prue Bedwell were great and make an excellent double act, complementing each other and obviously have a strong friendship.  I was helping with the registration and information desk and I really enjoyed being able to help out.

After the women’s day I picked Cath up from the station as she came to visit for a few days.  It was good to see her and catch up and we had a good time relaxing.  On Sunday we went to church, had lunch and went for a walk around Milton country park (and got some yummy ice creams) and did lots of chatting.  In the evening we decided to go and watch Avatar in 3D which was brilliant, the 3D was awesome even if it did give me a headache!  On Monday I had the day off and we went to Ely and had a good walk around looking at the Cathedral and some of the shops.  On the way back to the car we popped into St Mary’s church as they had a prayer labyrinth set up for Easter and we wanted to see what it was like – I am pleased to say we were both impressed and they had gone to a lot of effort!  Then we went to Rectory Farm (which is really close to my house) to have a look round the farm shop and get some afternoon tea from the cafe.  In the evening I dropped Cath off at the station.

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