Winter Little Adventures

Trees falling down in the wind seems to have become a bit of a winter ritual in our garden.  Every year without fail we lose at least a couple of them.  Although, I hate seeing them come down, it does mean that our log shed is always full and our fires are always roaring!

The girls love taking part in the log collecting and stacking.  So wrapped in their snowsuits and boots, they headed outside in the biting cold to help daddy with the chainsaw!  Although the moment he started it up, they ran screaming from the noise.

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Once they realised that the chainsawing bit was all a bit boring and too noisy, they headed off to make snow angels and throw snow balls instead.

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Eventually with bright red noses I managed to get them back indoors, with the promise of a big fire, hot chocolate and a feast of Barny Bears, sent to us as part of the #LittleAdventures challenge from Britmums.  We buy the chocolate Barny Bears regularly, but this time we were trying the new strawberry and apple flavoured ones.  The girls sat in front of the fire gorging on Barny.  The milk ones are still my favourite, I found the new fruit flavours very sweet.  Our youngest however, seems to have a penchant for the apple ones.  So I guess we’ll have to add these to the shopping now too!

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This post is an entry for Britmums “Winter Little Adventures Challenge” sponsored by Barny, individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny here.

Missing in Action!

The wanderer has returned, full of grovelling apologies! 

As some of you are aware the end of 2013 wasn’t the greatest for me health wise and it really made me realise just how short life really is.  I decided that I needed to switch off and concentrate on myself and my family for a while.  Unfortunately 2014 hasn’t got off to the healthiest start either and I’m now seriously believing that I’m gradually falling apart – ha.

There are so many things that I want to do with the girls and I have a profound fear that I won’t be able to do these things with them.  My biggest dread is that I won’t be around to watch them grow up and I really want them to know me properly and to remember me.  So for whatever amount of time I have left on this planet, I am determined to be a larger than life force in their lives.  I want to enjoy every moment of them, the good ones and the bad, the tantrums and the tears.

I decided that the only way that I could switch off was by stepping away completely.  I removed Twitter and Facebook from my phone – there was mistake number one.  Now they won’t re-install, no matter what I try my Twitter comes up, but most days it is either blank or it won’t let me respond.  So I have seen lots of @mentions and Dms to me and I really apologise for not replying.  I promise that I will as soon as I am back up and running properly.

Mistake number two was leaving my laptop unattended on the kitchen table while I went to answer the phone.  I came back into the room to discover my adorable youngest daughter surfing on it.  By surfing, I don’t mean the internet kind.  I mean that she had pulled it off the table and was standing on both the screen and keyboard rocking backwards and forwards on it!  The result of course is a damaged beyond repair laptop.

So I have had no laptop for a few weeks and no access to my blog.  Thankfully most of my stuff is backed up on an external hard drive and my laptop hard drive is with some geeks to see if they can recover anything that I hadn’t yet backed up from it.

I have finally managed to get myself online again and I have so many people and posts to catch up with.  I will get there eventually, I am determined to!  I want to thank everybody for their messages and good wishes, they really do mean an awful lot.  I’m just sorry that I wasn’t able to reply to you all straight away, but I will now.

I have missed blogging and am looking forward to posting again, I have a few posts to write over the next few days.  However, I have decided that for the next few months I will blog slowly and not post quite as often as I did, but I’m not ready to give it all up just yet.

Thank you again to all of you, for not abandoning me completely, despite my silence and I will catch up with everyone soon. xxx

Tree Trio

We put up our tree, then we put up another, then another.  Three trees later and I’m feeling a tad festive, although I may have to build an electrical sub-station to cope with the power surge.  I did say that I was going to go the whole hog this year!  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. big christmas treeblack christmas treeChristmas treeChristmas lights