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A goodbye to our Doris

Whilst I wasn’t blogging, our beautiful Doris Dog died. We didn’t know it was coming. We had just adopted Rainie Roo in December, then Doris took a turn for the worst in January.  Being strays, we never really knew how old Freya or Doris were. It’s all a bit of guess work with abandoned animals. Freya was about a year old when adopted and this is supported by the fact she grew a tiny bit taller after we got her. The same goes for Rainie who we adopted just before Christmas.  But our Doris, we thought she was about 7 years old, but when she became unwell the vet that was assigned as Doris’ main vet said she was actually more likely 11 years old. Salukis have a 12 year life expectancy. We knew she wasn’t going to suddenly be cured. What I didn’t expect, and wasn’t ready for was […]


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An unlikely “sport” – competitive vaping

Back in the days I used to smoke I wasn’t aware of smoking clubs, or smoking blogs. It sounds a bit crazy right? Well, I dunno how I feel about that in honesty, that modern smokers have vaping* clubs and vapers blogs. Honestly, there are even vaping competitions where people compete to make the biggest or prettiest clouds, and the competitors take it very seriously. I couldn’t believe that when my Husband told me earlier tonight, so being a blogger I’ve trawled the interweb looking for good examples of this dark art… most of which I can’t repost for copyright reasons.   Embed from Getty Images Like doughnuts just trapped in the air, pretty yet bizarre. Embed from Getty Images When I was a smoker it was seen as dirty and dangerous, but since vaping things seem a lot more socially acceptable. It’s also apparently safer than smoking. Obviously I’m […]


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A few days in Edinburgh

For our wedding anniversary we went to Edinburgh without the kids for a few days.  Despite being part Scottish on my Father’s side I had never been north of the border. I am happy to report, I flipping loved it up there.  So many old buildings to look at. Museums and galleries are ten a penny. Pubs and restaurants are everywhere! To be in the home of real whiskey with an allergy to alcohol really does suck. Hahaha! Things to do in Edinburgh, well there are all the whiskey tours. They will cost you about £30 to have a distillery tour with a few wee drams of the strong stuff.  There are also loads of walking tours of the city. They were on many different themes, ghost walks, history tours, organised pub crawls and adult only rude tours. These tours vary greatly in pricing from £10 to £25 per person […]


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It’s never that bad. Don’t jump please 1

You might have noticed I’ve been quiet on here, sorry readers. I’ve been struggling to find words for how I feel. Nothing has felt big enough to write about. Late in May that changed. I had been at a party after a hand-fasting ceremony, which is a pagan wedding of sorts. We left to drive home as it was over the border in Wales and we needed to be back before midnight as an in law was babysitting at our house. We walked back to our car, tired but happy. It was a clear night, not too hot or cold, I was in high heels so the walk back to the multi storey car park felt much longer than it really was. I’m the passenger, I slump in the car and relax as Husband drives down the zigzag ramps to exit the car park. Kind of dull for the first […]


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Cinnamon Roll Cake

My Wife and the kids like cinnamon rolls.  I wanted to make my own but I’m not any good at dough nor getting cinnamon sugar/paste to stick to it before wrapping it up, so I looked up other options for making cinnamon rolls.  There were lots of recipes, but all seemed convoluted, so I experimented a bit and came with my own. This has all the ingredients of cinnamon rolls but is more of a cake.  It’s easy to make, just three main stages and can be eaten warm or stored in an air tight container for a few days.  It’s a great option for school cake sales or for taking to work for no reason other than cake is good Ingredients Main Cake 360g plain flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 200g caster sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 375ml semi skimmed milk 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 120g unsalted butter, […]


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So, my first self written post on the Wife’s blog.  I’m pretty sure you won’t want to read about servers or networks (the day job), nor will you probably want to see my modelling (although I don’t promise not to write about that) so all that leaves me really is the only other thing I’m good at; cooking and/or baking.  So here goes. Tradition in our house on Boxing Day is that the left over turkey is diced, mixed with onions, leeks, spices and cream and cooked as a pie. This weekend Gloucester had a late kick off and the youngest asked for pie as pasties to take with us as a hot snack.  I may be biased but it seemed to work.  If you fancy making your own, here’s how…     Ingredients: 1oz butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, diced 2 leeks, sliced 500g diced cooked […]


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Microscooters are for grownups! 1

A little while ago Microscooters*  gave Blokey and I a scooter each. I take mine everywhere, including on holiday to France recently. I’ve been using it an awful lot on the school run, but also for things like popping to Co-Op for milk. My scooter has been very useful, and extra helpful when my bad knee is playing up. My right leg and knee are a lot weaker than the left, only about 30% of the strength according to gym equipment with weights or other gym machines that can measure your strength.   The idea was to have a scooter race on our wedding day, but after running a mile in heels my bad leg had given up on me. I cheated in that race, and stopped half way up the hill so I could limp back to the finish line. <more> So when we went to France recently I packed […]


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Jacamo clothing review by Blokey

The following review is in Blokey’s own words, and is all his own opinions. Jacamo specialises in clothes for the larger gentleman, be that larger as in tall, or larger as in “well built”. I fall into the latter category being a 5ft 10 inch, 100KG round person. I’ve been shopping at Jacamo for many years even when I weighed as much as 150KG and was obviously a lot bigger than I am now. Jacamo* is primarily an online purchase shopping experience. They have recently started to open stores (in the Midlands and in London) but none of these are local to me in the south west so I have to rely on their distant shopping experience. This means everything is purchased via their easy to use website, and delivered by a local courier company. The website is very simple to navigate, with the clothing line split into categories and each […]


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Livestock festival is proper family fun 5

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to go to Livestock Longdon festival. This is only it’s second year, but I’d only heard good things from last year so I was excited to go. Everywhere we drove in Gloucestershire recently we would see the advertising boards, and being an 80’s kid seeing Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes would be playing near home made me want to go even more. My lads have never been to a festival, and Livestock being local and small makes it a logical first festival in my opinion. Also I kept reading it was family friendly.   During the day time there were scheduled activities, like arts and crafts with Daisy the Fairy, a lady came in with snakes and lizards, bouncy castles, pony rides, a climbing wall, rugby tykes coaching skills, fairground rides, science sessions and more. For grown ups there was plenty of beverage […]


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Goodbye Patch, Hello Marble 1

On the 8th of July I lost a friend. He had been in my life for 13 years, since he was a much smaller fluffy baby bunny. He came in to our family when my son Dee was a baby, and I remember trying to house train him, and not exactly achieving it. I loved him as family, he wasn’t just a “pet”, he wasn’t an object or possession, he was my friend. On the 8th of July we went to the vets, and the vet agreed that Patch had lost quality of life and a decision was made. I spoke to him on the way out, kissed him on the nose, and held his paw. The nurse left in tears, and the vet wasn’t far off either – I held it together until I was outside and then I was a wreck. Towards the end of June Patch had […]


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Do you Love the Sales? 2

Recently Love The Sales got in touch, and I had a gander around their website. Impressed! Being a tall girl I struggle with finding things that fit, normally if online clothing shops do have a tall range it’s only a few items, and it takes AGES to hunt for something I like. It’s a website that pools together discounted products from other websites, so you can find brands you like at better prices. What’s not to like? The best thing I did on Love the Sales was search the word “tall” in the box in the top corner – Pandora’s box was opened, it was now only showing me lanky lass clothes. Then on the left sidebar I selected my clothing size, like magic I’m only seeing things in the tall ranges of several stores, just in the 2 sizes I usually buy from and if you then sort it […]


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Our wedding 3

Nope, this isn’t going to be a soppy, lovey dovey post. But there will be photos. We had a non traditional wedding, and I’m going to list the quirky bits, the me bits. First up we didn’t go all bridezilla and crazy, things were booked fast then not worried about until just before the big day. There is no point stressing and almost needing a divorce before you’re even hitched. Luckily neither of us are religious so that cut down on “rules” and traditions. We only informed family about a fortnight before the wedding, we invited just immediate family, a bridesmaid for me, a best man for him. One exception to the “family only” invites was our pal Kevin and his wife Lynn. I married him because I love him, because he’s a freak that makes me giggle, because he keeps me sane (mostly) and for lots of other little […]