Friday, 13 April 2018

A stove and a Movie


With still very little sign of Spring, this afternoon will involve a log fire and complete crap on TV, and the reason I can get away with doing nothing - it's the kids' last day of the Easter break!
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Roadtrip!!!!

 So, not one's to miss a 4 day weekend, during the Easter break, the Sindy's packed their buggy and scooter and headed off on a roadtrip!
Lucky them!
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My Athlete (band) Obsession

OK, so I've been a huge Athlete fan for many many years, and I know they're not recording at the moment, and I'm not sure they ever will again, but it hasn't stopped me from collecting as much of their vinyl as possible to add to the CD's I already own.
This search has so far taken me to Finland and the USA, and I'm having the time of my life doing it!
Listening to their back catalogue, also reminds me of just how brilliant they are/were, and how their songs have shaped my writing over the past 13 plus years.
I'll always be grateful for that, because I wrote one of the best pieces of work I'll ever write completely inspired by the 'Tourist' album.
So thank you.
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Spring Birthdays!

 Me and Little Fella's birthday's are just days apart. Mine first (end of March) and his in very early April. I tend to forget about mine because I'm busy organising his, which suits me just fine, however, me and the husband did manage an evening out where I finally got to wear my very favourite skirt in the World from Palava, complete with petticoat - it seems turning 44 has made me throw caution to the wind and not really give a s*** about what people might think.
 Me and The Husband
 Then of course there is my best friend. He's 10 now, and is still as head strong and beautiful as he was when he was born. A real heartbreaker that one, a bit of a challenge too, but he's our challenge.
Happy Birthday Baby J!
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Shaker Style

 I am so pleased with our fantastic new kitchen. We have waited so long for a space that we can cook and entertain in; a stylish kitchen that truly expresses our style and vision, and after 13 years, we finally have it.
 See, when we bought our house back in 2004, it hadn't even been built, so we were lucky enough to choose our own interior, however, and rather stupidly, I let the husband choose the kitchen as he was a little unhappy I'd chosen everything else - the result, a hideous brown thing that I've hated ever since.
 Now, I can't be anymore happy with the result; a clean, cool place I can sit in for ages, well, between everything else I guess.
Happy Friday!
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Foodie Friday - Gusto

 So, I'm not usually someone who gets caught out by door to door sales. I avoid it at all times, even get quite annoyed if I'm being honest, however, a couple of weeks ago a very convincing young woman managed to get me to sign up for a half price trial for Gusto, and my reason for being convinced, well, I'm pretty time poor when it comes to cooking nutritious wholesome meals, despite having a weekly veg and fruit box scheme.
I can't lie and say I haven't been impressed with the choice of Vegetarian dishes and also how they turn out (even when I've made it!), but my biggest criticism and disappointment in Gusto (and I'm sure they're not the only company who fall foul of this), is there are missing ingredients, which to be honest, misses the point. 
Full of apologies blah blah, I am going to try it again for a half price second month, however, if the missing ingredients thing continues, goodbye Gusto.
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sindy's a Parka Monkey

 As people close to me will know, I love a good Parka; I even called my first born after the super cool coat, and yes, it's even spelt with an "a" definitely not "er".
 Anyway, since I own a fair few Parka's myself, I thought Sindy might appreciate one too, what with the "Beast from the East" surge again, I figured she'd need to stay warm, and thanks to the absolutely brilliant Sewist53, she can.
Now she can join the rest of us Parka Monkey's.
Happy Sunday y'all
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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Wonderful Whitby!

 So, during the February half term, we packed our suitcases and headed up North to Whitby, North Yorkshire. It's a special place for me and my family as we've spent important family occasions here together, so I apologise now for all the photo's.
 Lighthouse.
 We lived in Cornwall for almost 7 years and seagulls became part of our daily routine, as annoying as they can be at times, I miss them.
 The boys waiting for their ice cream in 1 degree weather, eldest even got his legs out!
 Beautiful Whitby by night.
And why the hell not!
Eerie Whitby.
Where's Dracula?
Abbey ruins
 Whale bones and boys.
 Harbour
 I love a great sea view
 199 steps and knackered!
 A Winter's evening
 I still like chucking the boys on the beach, even when it's bloody freezing!
Goodbye Whitby, see you again soon
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Spring Sindy

 Forget the weather today, my lovely ladies are well ready for a bit of Spring.
 This auburn haired lovely is preparing for a little shopping to fill her wardrobe, but is currently quite happy with her new denim tunic and Converse boots.
This flame haired lady has chosen boardies and a sweater ready for the holiday's.
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Vegetarian for life not just for January

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie 

 I've been a vegetarian for 30 years this year. 30 years! I'm damned proud of that actually. My boys are also vegetarian - they have been vegetarians from the moment of conception (husband is pescetarian). They have never eaten meat or fish in their lives (eldest is 13 this year, youngest is 10). They are both really cool with this. OK, there have been times when youngest asks about burgers, but, like me, the cruelty associated with the meat trade outweighs any desire to actually eat it. Saying that, I have always been very clear that once they are able to decide for themselves, then I have to respect their choice whether I like it or not. But I can't hide the fact from myself I hope they will always be vegetarians, it's such a wonderful, rich diet to have - guilt free.
Vegetarian Chilli

Anyway, after I got on the scales after Christmas I was mortified (as expected), so I've been trying to make tasty, attractive food that's low in fat; using Quorn and other meat substitutes, actually makes this easy, especially when feeding the kids; we are vegetarians that enjoy meat alternatives. We do not eat meat because of animal cruelty, not because we don't like the taste of meat, but I know this varies for individuals.
And talking about kids, because if I had a pound for every time a meat eater had tried to "lecture" me about the dangers of babies and children not having meat in their diets (often these people don't have children themselves), my boys are strapping rugby players you would not want to mess with!
So, give it a go.
Even if it's Meat Free Monday, or Fish Free Friday. Linda McCartney, Quorn and various health food shops sell some amazing food products!
Happy Wednesday.
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Sunny Days and Flowers

 Just thought I'd post a couple of photos of flowers on a sunny day.
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A stove and a Movie

With still very little sign of Spring, this afternoon will involve a log fire and complete crap on TV, and the reason I can get away wit...