March 18th – Project As & When

March 18th Project As & When

March 18th – We’ve spent a lot of time in our garden and Nanny’s garden this week. Lots of work has been done and we’re happy with the progress we’re making 🙂


Ella came to help us dig up the brick path at Nanny’s and Ant transported them to our house, in the car.

March 18th Project As & When Ella helping in Nanny's garden

We have plans to use them in a new raised bed 🙂 We still have the same amount, maybe more, to fetch from Nanny’s.

Bricks for raised bed

Chi-Chi had to have a bath after helping us in the garden!

Chi-Chi getting dirty in the garden

I made a hearty cottage pie for the workers when we got home. They enjoyed it and said it was delicious 🙂

Cottage pie for dinner

Ant made a delicious Irish Stew in honour of St Patrick’s Day 🙂

Irish Stew and Soda Farls


March 11th – Project As & When – Book Week

March 11th

March 11th – Today we spent the afternoon digging up bricks at Nanny’s so I’m a bit late with my photo post today.

Last Sunday I finished The Weight of Silence and started on Girl Unknown. I’m ahead on my reading challenge and I’ve enjoyed nearly all the books I’ve read so far 🙂

The Weight Of Silence

Girl Unknown

Kaycee and Ella are hosting a book club next weekend so they’ve been busy reading also 🙂

March 11th Ella reading

The spade is where I left it after starting the garden a couple of weeks ago. I really need to get out there and get some more done!

Digging in the garden

I did get out in the garden to take some photos, though 🙂

garden gnome

daffodils in the spring sunshine



Garden gnome



Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu – Sunday Photo

Chi-Chi the Shih tzu

We all fell in love with Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu from the day Nanny brought her home. She gets so excited when we go round to visit. I don’t even get the chance to sit down properly before she’s trying to jump on my lap for a belly rub!

Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu

She loves Ella to hand feed her her dinner which usually consists of various chopped up meats. She sometimes has a sprinkle of cheese with it as well! Chi-Chi will leave her food all afternoon, not bothering with it all until Ella arrives!

If you stop rubbing her belly when she’s lying on your lap, she’ll keep pawing at your hand until you start rubbing again 🙂

March 4th – Project As And When

March 4th

March 4th already! This year is flying by. I’ve taken quite a few photos this week but they’ve mainly been for future blog posts like recipes and book displays. I’ve only got 3 I can share with you today.

Kaycee painted my nails and decorated them with little ball things. They annoyed the heck out of me and didn’t stay on very long!

March 4th - Kaycee decorated my nails

Ella dressed as a unicorn for World Book Day 🙂

Ella dressed as a unicorn for World Book Day

I did my usual volunteering on Tuesday morning at the charity shop and came home with more books!

More books from the charity shop

Pancake day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have any because I was getting weighed the next morning!


Photography project as & when instead of 365!

25th February – Photo Project As & When – Been ill

25th February

25th February – I’ve been ill all week so I’ve hardly taken any photos. I took a few of the garden on Monday but that was the day I started feeling ill.

The only other photos I’ve taken are the ones of Ella’s hair so she could see what it looked like before she went to school!

I bought her some hair accessories for Christmas. She’s only just got round to using one of them. It’s a plastic bun twist thing that clips together.
I had one when I was younger but my hair was always too thick so it wouldn’t work but it works great on Ella’s hair 🙂

25th February Ella ponytail

25th February Ella hair bun

The Boy That Never Was – Sunday Photo

The Boy That Never Was

I started The Boy That Never Was last night and I’m already enjoying it. I expected it to be about a boy who had been kidnapped but he’s missing for a different reason, which surprised me. I’m already over a hundred pages in and had trouble putting it down to do some blogging earlier!

The last book I read, Everything You Do Is Wrong, didn’t grab me at all. The whole time I spent reading it, I was hoping that the end would come soon.

I contemplated not finishing it but I’d got an early copy from NetGally to review. It was only fair that I read to the end because I wanted to give an honest review. If I didn’t finish it I wouldn’t be able to do that.

I’ve never given a book a 1-star rating before and I felt a bit guilty but I couldn’t, in all honesty, give it any more stars.

Anyway, I’ll be doing a full review soon so I’ll say no more for now.

The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

18th February – Project As & When

18th February

18th February – I’ve taken a few more photos this week, mostly due to Valentine’s Day.

12th February – Ant got the cine film projector from the loft and we spent the evening watching his old home movies. I have some old home movies as well but we need a super 8 cine projector to be able to watch them. We’re going to see if we can get one from Ebay 🙂

Watching old home movies - 18th February Project As & When

14th February – Valentine’s Day and Ella (9) got a lovely gift from her boyfriend, John. It was so lovely to see them both grinning 🙂

February 14th Ella's Valentine's Day present

Ant and I decided not to buy cards and presents for each other as we want to save for a holiday on our anniversary but I saw a meal deal at Tesco and had a voucher for £8. I had pork and Ant had steak. We had dauphinoise potatoes, cauliflower cheese and Brussel sprouts. I had a salted caramel brownie dessert and Ant had cheese and crackers. It was delicious, even if it did help contribute to my 5lb gain I had this week!

Valentine's Day dinner

Valentine's Day dessert

18th February

Ant put the pond back together. We thought it had a leak so it was taken apart before Christmas and left for a few months to see if we could find out where the leak was.
It’s been full for weeks now though without losing any water so Ant put all the rocks in place. It looks lovely again 🙂

garden pond



Ella posing at HomeSense! – Sunday Photo

Ella Posing

We went to HomeSense yesterday and I let Ella have my phone. She took lots and lots of photos, from hair and beauty to furniture and food.
I also found quite a few selfies and when I saw this one of Ella posing, I knew I had to blog it.

She loves taking selfies and I’ve blogged about my phone getting full of Ella selfies before! She’s a bit obsessed to be honest!

I can’t wait till she’s old enough to have her phone so she can fill that with selfies instead of filling mine! I have over 400 photos on my phone and I reckon half of them are of Ella.
At least I’ll always have plenty pf photos of her 🙂

Ella posing

February 11th – Project As & When

February 11th

February 11th Owl at HomeSense

February 11th – Owl at HomeSense

This is my version of Project 365. I don’t do very well with Project 365 so I’m doing Project As & When…..a photo as and when I remember to take one!

5th February – Our new shower room is finished. I absolutely love it. It’s so much nicer in there and we’re no longer embarrassed when a visitor asks if they can use the toilet!

new bathroom

6th February – Ella loves the book we got from Vick’s

the rabbit who wanted to fall asleep and Vick's first defence

6th February – Ella



9th February – I took photos of a couple of books Ant needs for his collection so I wouldn’t forget what they are!

Conn Iggulden Wars of the roses Ravenspur

S.J Parris Conspiracy

10th February  – New book display at the charity shop where I volunteer

Blind date with a book book display


Robin Red Breast – Sunday Photo

Robin Red Breast

There’s something about seeing a Robin red breast that just makes me happy. My mother in law has lots of robin visitors to her garden. I usually forget to take my camera but when I went to hers last Thursday to do some work in the garden, I remembered it.

I managed to get a few good shots but this one was my favourite.

Robin Red Breast

I took some photos of some lovely little blue tits while I was there as well. Something happened with my camera when transferring the photos, though, and I seem to have lost lots of them.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some next time, as well as some of the cheeky squirrels who are frequent visitors!