Sunday, 23 October 2016

#blogtober16 day 23 - favourite time of the year and why

Today's prompt is an easy one for me as we are in my all time favourite season. Autumn! It means that summer is over, one of my least favourite times of the year. I really detest the hot weather, it mostly makes me feel too hot, sweaty and generally a bit under the weather. So, some of the things I love about Autumn:

- The nights drawing in. 

- Watching the leaves change through from green to yellow to red and then falling off the trees.

- Seeing my girls keeping warm, wrapped up with their big coats and hats

- Comfort food, warming soups and stews. 

Endless cups of tea and the odd hot chocolate. 

The weather getting cooler, without being too cold

The mid morning sunshine gently warming your skin

-  Watching the farmers working in the fields

- Snuggling up on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket watching a drama.

- Seeing pockets of wild mushrooms popping through the ground

What's your favourite time of the year? Are you an autumn person?

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Silent Sunday : 23rd October 2016

Silent Sunday, bird

(Spotted in our garden this morning) 

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Friday, 21 October 2016

#blogtober16 day 21 - what am i afraid of

What am I afraid of?  

This is where I have to open myself up a little because sharing what I am afraid of makes me feel a little vulnerable as I'm afraid of so many different things. I don't know what triggered half of them or why as some of them are probably silly but that's the nature of the beast as they say. So here's some of them:

Snakes. Any. They all creep me out. So much so, whenever we take the girls to the zoo, we completely bypass the reptile house. 

Spiders. Small spiders and medium sized are fine. I'm talking the big buggers with thick legs and belly. I'm better than I was, so long as I have a jar and a bit of card to slide under it, I can get rid of them myself.  My heart doesn't half race as I do it though!

The dark - I'm talking the pitch black-no-street-lights-kind-of-dark


Enclosed spaces

Anything happening to my family

The girls growing up to dislike me and not wanting anything to do with me

There's probably more than this but if I were to sit and list them all, I'd come across as completely neurotic.

What are you afraid of?

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

#blogtober16 day 19 - 10 favourite foods

And with today's prompt, you'll see the reason I'm overweight!  Here's my top 10 favourite foods:

1 - Chocolate.  Always has been.  I'm starting to get better at not stuffing my face with it as soon as I get it.  Popping it in the fridge so that its cold helps!

2 - Bread. Proper, crusty bread with butter and nothing else.

3 -  Toast.  If I've not made plans for lunch or I really can't be bothered, I'll have toast for lunch.  Usually with either 4 or 5 on it!  

4 - Peanut butter. Obsessed with it. Always have been. 

5 - I used to be a Marmite girl but when I was pregnant with the girls it would give me terrible heartburn and so I reduced how much I had and now its Bovril.  I can remember having it at my nans with a sweet cup of tea and that's usually how I have it now.

6 - Cake.  If in doubt, chocolate cake. Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle and carrot cake will never go amiss either. 

7 - Eggs.  Dippy egg, hard boiled or scrambled, I'm not fussed. The only problem I have is that if I eat them around T, she will try to wolf it all down before I get any!

8 -  Cheese. Mostly cheddar but as long as its not too strong I'm not that fussy!

9 - Butternut squash - any squash, actually.  I usually roast it with a little salt, pepper and garlic.  I love it served warm with bacon on a salad and it makes a lovely soup too. 

10 - Garlic. I bloomin' love garlic but I try not to have it too often as I'm so self conscious about smelling of it.  

I'm now hungry after writing this.  What would be on your list?

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Monday, 17 October 2016

#blogtober16 Day 17 - Favourite concert you have attended

Today's prompt takes no thinking about.   My favourite concert is actually the only concert I've ever been to. 

Sunday 25th June 2006 saw me at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes waiting to see Take That! Even now, I can't put into words just how excited I was to see them. 

blogtober, concert

A couple of weeks before the concert, I was completely unaware that my Stepmum had brought tickets for us. When she told me, I think I actually screamed down the phone at her. I've always been a Take That fan and remember being gutted that I'd never seen them in concert when I was a teenager and they split.

At the time I was still living with my Mum in Wiltshire and I drove, on my own, to Milton Keynes to meet my stepmum and sister there with my Take That CD playing. I remember feeling so excited and impatient as I was sat in traffic. I just wanted to get there! When I eventually did, I was parked so far away it seemed to take forever to walk to the site (and even longer when the concert finished!).

But it was so worth it as when we got there, not only had she brought us tickets but we were right at the very front, with the stage just metres away. We were so close you could see their facial expressions, it was just amazing.  

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