Pumpkin Cottage, Slindon and a walk through the woods

Slindon is a picturesque little village in Sussex that once a year bears witness to an influx of the rest of the population of Sussex as chauffeured kids pull up to marvel at the display at Pumpkin Cottage. It is indeed that time of year again, Halloween is almost upon us and we all feel … Continue reading Pumpkin Cottage, Slindon and a walk through the woods

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour – an honest review

All 3 of my kids are captivated by Harry Potter, and, having devoured the books umpteen times, been enthralled by the films, and, having done the dressing up bit in a cloak and round glasses what's next? The eldest (and her boyfriend) were extremely generous last Christmas and treated us to a family ticket to … Continue reading Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour – an honest review

Why is it I’m the only one who can ever find anything in our house?

I'm continuing my grumpy series today; this is one situation that you may all recognise... Male pattern blindness.  Let me start by saying that this syndrome isn't confined to men, hell no, you will be delighted to learn that kids and teenagers suffer from it too... and, guess what? It really gets my goat. The mystery … Continue reading Why is it I’m the only one who can ever find anything in our house?

Why I will scream the next time I hear an Americanism.  

As I approach middle age I am feeling increasingly intolerant of certain, how shall we say... behaviours.  I love the grumpy women series and I'm really identifying with it now.  Maybe a bit too much. I thought I would vent on here occasionally so here goes, grumpy woman part one - Americanisms. Americanisms I hate* … Continue reading Why I will scream the next time I hear an Americanism.  

Family walks in and around Sussex.  Shoreham beach to the Shoreham Fort.

This walk takes approx half an hour but, if like me you like to stop off en route to enjoy the sea (I'm still enjoying my daily dips) or to play hide and seek at Shoreham Fort it can be a very nice way to spend most of a sunny day. Shoreham beach now benefits … Continue reading Family walks in and around Sussex.  Shoreham beach to the Shoreham Fort.

Banish those winter blues … part 2 (diet).   A delicious recipe for homemade fresh tomato soup…

Anna from chalkandmoss.com contributed previously on this post - writing about how small changes to our home environment can help lift our mood and today she has provided a recipe that is sure to hit the spot.  I have made this soup and it is utterly delicious; my kids loved it too and I popped some in a food flask … Continue reading Banish those winter blues … part 2 (diet).   A delicious recipe for homemade fresh tomato soup…