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Win – B-Sensible Eco Friendly Bedding

Hello world, The kind folks at B-Sensible have been in touch, and I’m happy to say are offering Julie’s Notebook readers a chance to win a bed sheet in their choice of size and colour. Size is a boring decision but colour, well, B-Sensible have loads of choices. The best thing about these bed sheets is that it’s waterproof and still breathable. This is awesome for children that wet the bed. The second best thing is the environmentally friendliness.


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At Last – A Greenhouse! 2

So I love gardening, but gardening does not love me back. I try my best but I often kill plants or the seeds themselves never grow. Well not anymore, I have a greenhouse at last, despite having had a garden of our own for about 7 years. The front garden is the sunny place, but due to the open, unfenced nature of the front we have had to stick it on the patio in the back garden. In the back garden it only gets direct sunlight from dawn until about 2pm but this seems to be enough. It’s never hot in there, but it is much warmer in there than outside next to it. The plan is grow tomatoes and veggies we use often in there according to my partner. But as I’m paying for the greenhouse you’ll see it’s full of my flower pots. All the bulbs in the […]


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The Boy and The Bunnies 2

Cute overload…. WARNING, too cute.It was dry this evening, so we made the most of it. Jen and I went outside with the bunnies on their leads.Bart is wearing the pink set and Mo is in dark green. These photos make it seem like a lazy evening, but these bunnies are untrained and cheeky things, I was mostly running the circles around our Christmas tree. After a short time, Jen abandoned me and got his bike and helmet and cycled up and down the paths, whilst I walked the bunnies followed them about. And finally… both boys, tired out on my sofa. I have added this to my friend @PinkOddy’s #MotivationalMonday linky.


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Decking Dream – Creating the Ultimate Entertaining Space in your Garden

When we moved in to out house several years ago it had a patio the previous owners had installed themselves, which we were not very taken with. It looks ok, but it goes a nasty, dirty, mossy green and has no style. It’s so last century, and not in a good way! I want decking instead.   Ok, you’re looking at the first photo thinking that’s not so bad aren’t you? You’d be wrong I’m afraid, so were we as that is what we said when viewing the house. It is a bodge job! Not good at all is the fact they covered the air bricks in the outside walls, reducing ventilation in to the house, and so increasing the damp problem we do have. If we could afford it, I would phone a professional gardener handy man type from the yellow pages. I would like the nasty concrete slabs […]


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Its Raining, Its Pouring 2

At last, some sensible April weather.It has warmed up to a temperature where I’m no longer shivering. All day it’s been reasonably warm with anything between drizzle to heavy downpours. Occasionally actual sunshine was seen, great stuff. As a gardener I appreciate the wet weather, my rain water butts were almost empty and the beds were just dusty. Of course I’ve been watering my new trees but within an hour or so the top soil was dry as here we have not had rain in weeks. Today I wanted to get outside in my garden and plant my bulbs, but of course, it turned from very faint infrequent drizzle into real rain at the time I was going to get growing. Tomorrow, tomorrow I will turn over the top soil and bury those 70-ish bulbs I bought in Wilkinsons the other day. I’m still planning on having a mini fruit […]


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Almost Late for School 1

Today has been one of those bad days, things getting on my nerves, some bad news and money worries. On the way to school this morning it was dry as I walked out of the front door but chucking it down by the time I’d got my cycle from the garage. I pedal fast with Jen but the rain was right in our faces, and so was the wind. Then it stopped once I got him inside the classroom! Typical eh?Then I came home and did some laundry. All seemed OK until I took the items out of the washer. Everything had brown powdery marks on them like someone had washed it in cocoa powder. I’ve no idea why this keeps happening every few washes recently. Then I tried to use the toaster, but it failed. Was plugged in and turned on, put the bread in and pushed button, nothing! […]


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Elves! Elves! 2

Well it is again that time of year, When everybody should be of great cheer.Not everyone is happy though as it’s cold and wet outside,A lot of us just want to snuggle up and hide. But not those dear Elves,To get the must-have toys on the shops shelves,They have been working every day and night Alas the prices still give Mum’s and Dad’s a fright! An elf must be short and wear bright green,And never ever be mean.For they make the toys,For all our little girls and boys. Gifts made with love and care,Perfect for a family to share.Just remember when you pack away your Christmas tree,Take it down with care in case an Elf you do see!! I wrote this in response to Tots100 December blogger challenge. Considering I have not written poetry in years I think I did pretty well, if I do say so myself. Christmas went […]


Fear, pain, insomnia and my leg

I’ll start with a super fast bit of history. My mother and Nan both have bad varicous viens, my grandfather had bad veins then got DVT following travelling the world. I have had purple and green veins rather visible and getting more visible and now painful over the last year or so. My left leg is very normal, but my right is the problematic one. The pain and aching increased around my first ever flights, to Florida in June last year. Then since Australia in November it hurts nearly constantly, and by now it is constant pain. Not fun! I’ve been saying to the doctors its not good, and declining steadily for a year now. I feel like a little old woman, I hobble and limp, particularly at night. I think this is due to walking about in the day. I’ve had enough now, and have another doctors appointment on […]


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Jen’s Yummy Food Competition Entry 2

Here’s Jen’s entry into the Yummy food competition How could I resist, the chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers for getting my little guys drawing? This lovely competition is hosted on the “A Boy With Aspergers Blog” which is well worth a read, and not just for this competition. I am trying to win Amazon vouchers to win a Bike trailer to make getting to school and work a bit easier. Concentration His food picture Ok, its messy, Jen is only 3. He said blue was blueberries, Orange was for oranges and carrots, brown  was gravy, and green for the peas. Yuk!


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Gardening by storms

As I’m sure you all know UK is getting the tail end of a hurricane that’s misnavigated and come to UK, not usa. Unfortunately this wind took down a lot of my veggies. My Apple tree was sideways, herbs squished, but the tomatoes were worst. Tall plants ripped from sticks, and little red and Orange toms all over the path. So we were forced to do an impromptu harvest. This was 3 mixing bowls full. 1 bowl full was ripe, the majority are green though. Fortunely Hubby is a good cook and also does a mean green tom chuteney. Time to start saving old jam jars, sweet and sour jars etc. If anyone’s interested I might copy his chuteney reciepe for you to read. After all, Xmas is coming and this is pretty festive!