We went to see cousins A and K, and uncle M, in A and K’s new house today.

The littles, having been a bit nervous the last time they met her, have now totally fallen in love with the chihuahua.



It’s a serious business.





A Picture of Health

Looking good, considering he was throwing up again mere hours before this was taken…


Sadly, he was also sick afterwards, so it appears looks can be deceiving…

Papier Mache

The boy and I needed to do some papier mache for his homework.

I’ve never been in charge of papier mache before and was stuck for a glue mix. I asked the interwebs, but they just confused me so I got some pva and hoped for the best.

Fortunately, it turns out that the Girl is a dab hand at papier mache and was able to show me to the correct water/pva ratio (by gloopiness, rather than quantities).

The boy is now also a dab (if somewhat sticky) hand.



All recovered from yesterday, thankfully.


Sing it Back – The Birthday Edition

One year ago, to the day, I posted this post about a new community choir that was starting in the evenings at the Little’s school.

Today, I am with some very lovely friends that I’ve met over the last year as we celebrate our first birthday!

Here’s one of them – our Musical Director (and me – forming the welcome committee).  This picture sets the tone of our choir perfectly.


And what a year it’s been…  From our very first gig, where we nervously flash mobbed The Girl’s choir at the summer fayre, through various events on the local Green, several gigs at a rather nice local pub and onto the rehearsals for when we form part of a 500 voice choir performing at the Tate Modern in June.

I have made new friends, eaten more cake than I probably should have done, laughed a lot more than I thought I would, and definitely grown in confidence over the last year.

Happy Birthday to us!  (12 inch cake made by me and decorated by the lovely lady who designed our choir t-shirts – yes, we have t-shirts!).


The day had a sadly less upbeat ending though, with the early return of the Littles from their sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa (and the early end of my evening out with the Husb!).

The Boy has had to temporarily come off the trial he was on as we think that even as small an amount as half a boiled peanut is causing him trouble.  He has been sick every couple of days for the last 10 days.  We’re on a “wait and watch” policy at the moment but it’s looking more likely with every passing day that he’ll have to come off permanently.

On the upside – we did get to watch Minions at 10.30pm which the Littles thought was most exciting.


Although you wouldn’t think it from that photo!


Although possibly in need of some practice.



Reading is always good.


It pleases me when I realise he’s reading books that she’s read in the past. I’m not sure why, it just has a neatness that I like.



Not what I thought I’d find in our holly tree this afternoon.