Monday, 28 July 2014

foraging 2014

Yesterday saw the beginnings of our foraging for 2014. We were out walking when we spotted that the blackberries are black. Already! proof of the lovely summer we are having.

Running down the hill to get to the bushes
picking the berries.
our little basket was full very quickly. When we got home I froze a bagful or the winter, the children ate handfuls. Then Stephanie asked if we could make squash. So I dug out a book I know has a fruit cordial recipe, we worked together to follow this. At the moment we have 2 trifle dihes looking like this;
The picture is showing the berries up as very red- they are black lol. We have followed this recipe to make elderflower cordial previously, but never made it with fruit. I will let you know in a few days how it turns out!



Sunday, 27 July 2014

Water fun

Yesterday we went to my sisters house. They were having some work done so couldn't come to mine. we took the paddling pool with us as we haven't had time to have it out since I bought it. It was a perfect day for it. The children had great fun;

They were very proud that they made 'chocolate' in the paddling pool!

It was a mud bath by the time they had finished, after hours of fun. Their giggles were fantastic to listen to!


Stephanie and I used our Drusilla's day out vouchers from Tesco on Thursday. We ahd a fantastic day out, looking at the animals, following the zoolympics trail. Stephanie had a fabulous time on the play equipment. Stephanie was even very brave and went on some rides. Small rides for most people, but Stephanie doesn't do rides. She likes the baby rides the most, so it was lovely to see her enjoying some of the rides.

It was a fantastic day, lots of lovely memories being built :-)

a good start to the holidays

Yesterday the day started by cutting the grass etc. in the back garden. Then we popped to the shops, Stephanie needed new trainers then off to my sisters. we went to the library and Stephanie joined up to the summer library challenge. While we were there my sister joined her two eldest to the library and my niece joined the challenge too.

Back to my sisters while the children played we unpacked some more boxes from their move. They are getting there now, house almost sorted.

Then Stephanie and I went off to a local event we go to each July- The Medway Mile. a free event put on by the local council, lots of activities for the children to do, children's races, elite 1 mile race and then the mass participation mile. Stephanie always refuse the children's races preferring to do just the mass event. This year was our fastest yet at just under 10 minutes. Stephanie has decided that next year she would like to be as good as the elite runners and finish in less than 8 minutes! We all need a goal to work towards.

I didn't get many pictures as I forgot to charge my phone before we went.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer holidays

It's official the summer holidays have started in my house. 6 weeks with no work/school and lots of time for the children. Let's gloss over the fact Dylan finished school last week and Stephanie finished on Tuesday. I still had to go yesterday. I did have a lovely meal out to celebrate with colleagues. I do have lots of school work to do over the holiday especially with getting to grips with a new curriculum ready for September. But I can do this either when the children aren't home as they will spend time at their dads or early morning as I wake earlier than they do. currently Dylan is not home, he has gone to his aunt's for the night and Stephanie is asleep.

So what have we got planned? A day out today for me and my girl, courtesy of Mr Tesco. Catching up with family and a local fun run tomorrow. Saturday haircut for my girl. Sunday- let's decide then possibly a day out with my sister and her family. Monday next week I am spending the day at work. Stephanie is off to her dad's for a couple of weeks. One day next week I will probably take Dylan to Thorpe park (courtesy of Mr Tesco).  We would like to go for  camping holiday to Cornwall, which will be mid- late august. I haven't booked yet. We would like to go near Penzance, if you know any nice campsites that way please let me know. I am not into all singing all dancing campsites with evening entertainment etc. We prefer the pitch your tent in a field where the evening entertainment is playing ball games etc. If shower and toilet are present and clean, we are happy! There won't be many expensive days out. We will be making full use of our English Heritage and National trust cards, walking in local woods, parks and other open spaces.

What are you planning for the holidays??

(picture from google)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

playing house!

Yesterday I had a morning to myself with no children. I decided I would start the summers house sorting little early . We don't finish school until Wednesday here.

I spent all morning sorting out the living room. Clearing out papers etc from around the computer. Moving all the furniture and cleaning behind it. The shelves have been sorted through, lot's of unnecessary papers got rid of, others moved to the right place for filing. children's little bits put back in their bedrooms. The living room looks beautiful again now.

Then I did the same in the hall. Only one piece of furniture there so much less of a task.

I decided to try out a suggestion from another runner to stop the evening snacking on junk by having a more substantial lunch. I saw a recipe posted via Facebook for Lentil salad. Perfect I had all of the ingredients in, except for croutons/ barley bread. I substituted this with wholemeal pittas. I'm not going to lie it did not look appetising. But it tasted fantastic! I will definitely be making it more often.

Look nice tidy shelves.

I then went to help my sister, she is moving tomorrow and I had a chat with her hubby. They were having trouble getting the packing done. He was at the new house getting jobs finished up there. So I went to their flat to help out. It was nearly done. I just supported to be fair and when it came to only being her bedroom left to di I decided it was time to take the children to the park. They were getting tetchy and bored, the baby was tired. so a walk was perfect for giving everyone a distraction. we had a lovely hour or so playing then returned home. Where my sister had very kindly ordere4d fish and chips for dinner.

We ate chatted for a little, then I left so that she could get the children to bed.

I did my ironing when I got in so it is one less job for this evening when I get in.  I did not snack at all during the evening. Today is moving day. I shall be leaving soon to go and help get everything from flat to the new house.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Healthier me

I am working towards a healthier me. I joined a running group to try and motivate me more, I have made a couple of the runs but work and childcare can interfere somewhat. Last night the group offered a speed session with a personal trainer. As it was Friday evening this time I made it., thanks to nanny and granddad having Stephanie.

I'm not going to lie it was tough. It was 33 degrees out at 6:30 last night when we started. We jogged 800m to warm up then did some crazy exercises- looked like a ministry of silly walks! Very amusing. Must have been more amusing for the group of youths sat in the field watching us LOL. Then we set about the real training. 1000m fast as you can run. then 800m, then 600m then ending with 400m. followed by 400m cool down plus stretches. It was tough, more than once I thought I couldn't finish, but I did. Somewhat slower than some of the others but I finished. Liz the personal trainer took some pictures as we were running;

Talking to some of the others made me think about what is slowing me down. Other than a need to train more. My diet is shocking! I can eat really well all day but then by 9pm I am snacking on junk as I sit and do my paperwork. I need to get out of that habit. I am going to stop buying the junk treats which we all love so much so that it removes temptation. If there is chocolate there I will eat it. I am researching healthy snacks I can pick at. I eat fruit all day long at work so don't want to increase my fruit intake anymore. I am not sure what I should be trying to eat instead. So I have a question for you today-

Do you have any favourite snacks that I can pick at late at night, or any other tips to help me?