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Nearly time for #MMskydive 1

Right now I am in my garage. It’s nearly midnight but I am training for the weekend. A bit late perhaps, but I need my knee to move freely by Sunday morning. You see skydiving doesn’t require much physical fitness, except you need to raise your legs out high and straight whilst your instincts and gravity itself is fighting you. It doesn’t sound hard does it, to raise your own legs out in front of you whilst falling in a parachute harness but it really is. Up in freefall I can barely breathe, so right now I’m pedaling my exercise bike so fast I’m breathing funny. I really am terrified of heights, but because I have skydived twice before no one believes me. I’ll tell you something, that twenty minutes or so from when I walk towards a plane, to when I’m stood back on solid ground is hell. It […]


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Let’s #PassAroundTheWorld with Saracens rugby 1

As regular readers will have spotted I like my rugby, and we are season ticket holders at our local club. Going to the match is a big thing around here, and the whole city is rugby focused. At the moment the city is gearing up for the rugby world cup as some of these matches are being hosted at Kingsholm. Everywhere you turn there are rugby posts, flags or rugby shirts. So when I was contacted about the Pass around the world campaign I knew I wanted in, well except it mentions Saracens rugby, as that’s not the most popular team around here. We might be slightly eccentric fans, but its fun to be part of the “Glaws Family” on match weekends. What is Pass around the world? Its a fun little project by Allianz and Saracens rugby- they want you to upload a video of you passing a rugby ball […]


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Retirement isn’t grey – The colour report

According to “the colour report” being retired is pretty darn awesome.   Here as a few of the facts from the colour report about over 55’s. – 19% of pensioners polled were a member of an online dating service, rising to 27% of these aged between 70 and 74. – 59% of people aged 65-74 remain sexually active with nearly one in five people aged 75+ still having regular sex. – 14% of over 75s surveyed still shop at younger fashion stores like Zara and Topshop. On top of that, we learned that age really is just an attitude; 79% said they feel younger than their true age, and this feeling only increased with age, with 81% of over 75s saying they feel younger than they are. Essentially, those in their 60s felt 50, and those in their 70s a youthful 60!   Staying active. I’d love to be active as a pensioner […]


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Outdoor fun in Gloucester 3

The last few days I’ve been forcing the kids outside. They are not the outside sort sadly, but I don’t want to stay in when it’s so warm. That and I need my legs to work well for the skydive which is coming around really soon. I still would love some support on JustGiving.com/JulieMM please. Sunday evening my lads and Blokey went to play “piggy in the middle” on the fields. Jen and Blokey are wearing Minions t-shirts by George*, they almost match.


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Goodbye Anneka 1

Today has been a bit pants to be honest, a nice lie in and cooked brunch turned bad when at lunchtime I went in to the back garden. One of the chickens, Anneka, has been ill and injuried for a while. She’s had treatment at a vet and medication, I was checking her scars daily. Giving her a full wash down with the hose on warm days, or a sponge bath on cooler days. Today was sunny. I hosed her down and was about to towel dry her. But she looked to be in pain, I checked the deep scar on her back. It appeared to have been healing the last few days but nope, it popped as I washed her, it was actually a deep abscess. She closed her eyes and shook in pain. I tried to get her attention with her favourite food, but it was pointless. She […]


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Another Birthday boy – #MySundayPhoto 11

In the last few days my older son, D became a teenager. Do you know how old that makes me feel? When we were at Rene D counted a section of the wine bottles that make up the ceiling and did some maths, muttering numbers to himself. He worked out the ceiling should be filled with 2688, but there are gaps. The odd missing bottle, and bits of woodwork preventing bottles being put in certain places. So D decided it was nearer 2600 bottles. Still my nerd.


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Music festivals 1

It’s been a while since I was last at a festival, Jen was only a few months old it was that long ago but I really want to go back to festivaling soon. All the fresh air, “street food”, big bands and amazing little acts you’ve never heard of. I just love it! The tents, the sun, the booze and mud. It is kind of an accident waiting to happen but my word its fun. Festivals do come with risks though, sunburn and heatstroke if it’s good weather, colds and flu if normal British weather, and then of course, mud related slip and fall injuries.


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School uniform shopping – #GettingCoolForSchool

When I was a kid I remember getting dragged to the shops for the dreaded school uniform shop. It was my idea of hell, especially in my teenage years as back then there was no “tall” section. My lads are lucky in a way that I favour internet shopping for this, but then still moan about trying things on! They’ve got it easy, who remembers going into old department stores and being made to try on the “sample” uniform. Basically one of each size was on a special rail, they had “tester” and the size scrawled on them in chunky marker pen. I am certain these were never washed during the whole school holidays as when we went shopping (near September) the shirts were grubby shades of beige and smelled liked sweaty old socks. Gross! I remember the only good bit of back to school shopping was stationery shopping – […]


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Fabulous fajitas #TasteSantaMaria 2

When I was at BritMums Live recently Santa Maria were there talking bout their fajitas and salsa. As you might have realised, we like spice in this house so i said yes please to trying out the samples. They wanted bloggers to do a Fab fajita challenge, what this means really is I accept and Blokey cooks. We all know I cannot cook! Related articles Chicken Dipper Fajitas Spice Up Your Life


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#MySundayPhoto birthday boy 12

This week was my little chaps birthday. It’s been a bit of a stressful week for me, Doris Dog needed stitches and minor surgery following a second and a half long argument with Freya Woof. It cost a fortune, but sensibly I had pet insurance so I just had to pay the excess.


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Tumble dryers or washing lines?

As the UK is currently having a heatwave this is going to sound like a bit of a random thing to be talking about. Laundry and the usual struggle to get things washed and dry in time, with a couple of kids in the house this feels like a never ending task.     Luckily I have a tumble dryer. I used to feel bad about “wasting power” drying things but if it’s raining and the kids need clean school clothes its got to be done really. We’ve had our old tumble a fair few years now, and last winter it died on us. I felt a bit lost and the mountain of wet clothing was getting out of control. At the time it broke down we couldn’t afford a new one, so we had to take it to a local electrician for a repair job. It functions again now, […]


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Unexplainable guilty feeling 6

This weekend was BritMumsLive. I love BritMums so don’t worry, it’s not about the event. It’s about feelings. Deep feelings. At the close of BML they always have “blogger keynote speeches” – this is where bloggers read out a moving, brilliant or funny post themselves, in their own voice. Sadly this year’s speeches were mostly extremely moving. I could barely breathe through tears and snot – I cried so much my snot became like tears. During my blubbing others moved closer, especially Jane. I rested my snotty head on her shoulder as I sobbed. That’s what we do, we pull together even though we rarely meet in “real life”, it’s just how us parent bloggers roll. I'm going to cry I think @downssideup X #britmumslive A video posted by Julie's Notebook (@juliesnotebook) on Jun 20, 2015 at 8:36am PDT Hayley read Dear Richard Dawkins you are wrong and I remember […]