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2018 Summer Bucket List

It’s that time again; our 2018 Summer Bucket List is complete, but unlike other years, KayCee and Ella haven’t been that excited about it. We would usually have had it finished a few weeks before the summer holidays start but they only started thinking of […]

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Our Wonderful NHS – My Sunday Photo

It’s been an eventful week in the Ashmore household and I have to say we have a wonderful NHS.

Slipped Disc

On the 6th July, I was volunteering at St Barnabas charity shop. While bending to pick up some books my back went. It was the same pain I had when I first got a slipped disc about 18 years ago.

I haven’t been able to work at the charity shop, do the weighing at Slimming World or clean for my mother-in-law this week because I’ve had to walk using walking sticks and I haven’t been able to stand up straight until today.

Poorly Father-In-Law

On my birthday last Thursday, we were on our way to my mother-in-law’s and decided to look in on my father-in-law as he’d sounded funny when he’d spoken to Ant at 7.30 am

It’s a good job we did check on him; he wasn’t his usual self so Ant rang 111. After some questions, they decided to send an ambulance out for him.

They soon decided to take him to the hospital and he’s been there ever since. Ant has spent most of his days going back and forth to the hospital. He doesn’t like to leave his dad alone for long because he keeps getting confused.

Trip To A&E With Ella

Last night Ella’s friend came to have a sleepover. They’d both spent the day at another friend’s house and came home around 8.30 pm.
They wanted to go in the pool for half an hour before getting ready to sleep outside on the covered patio.

Ella tried to fill the chlorine tablet holder up and she got the tablet tub too close to her face. As it opened a waft of chlorine fumes was released and she accidentally breathed it in. She dropped the tub straight away and started a coughing fit.

Ant got her outside and tried to get her to breathe the fresh air in but she couldn’t do anything for coughing.
It took about 20 minutes for the coughing to subside a little. I was getting worried so we decided to take her to A&E just to be on the safe side.

Wonderful NHS – Brilliant Staff

We didn’t have too long a wait at A&E and all the staff were brilliant. They made sure they told us everything that was happening or was going to happen and they were very thorough.

Everyone was really friendly and put our minds at ease. The doctors got in touch with the poisons centre to make sure they were giving Ella the right treatment.
After being seen by a nurse and a doctor in A&E we were taken to the children’s ward. They wanted to monitor her until 4 hours had passed from when it happened at 9 pm.

The doctors and nurses did lots of checks and decided to send us back to A&E to have her eyes checked and bathed because they were a bit sore and itchy.

They put some drops in her eyes to numb them before putting some dye in them so the doctor could check there wasn’t any damage. When that was done a nurse washed her eyes with a litre of saline on each eye. Ella was brilliant throughout.

Ella having an eye test - wonderful NHS

wonderful NHS - yellow eye dye under her eyes
Ella after the eye test. The dye went under her eyes and also in her nose! Her tissue went yellow when she blew her nose!

Back To Ward

It was after 1am by the time we got back to the ward. Her cough was getting better and she was nearly back to her normal self. The doctor said she could stay until morning so they could keep an eye on her cough if we wanted but he was also happy to let us take her home.
He said that if her cough got worse or she had trouble breathing we could take her straight back to the ward.

Finally, Home At 2.30 am

We finally got home and everyone went to bed. I was overtired and couldn’t sleep so had to read for a while. It was about 3.30 when I finally fell asleep.

I didn’t wake until 9.30 this morning and I still feel absolutely shattered!

All’s well that ends well, as they say, thanks to our wonderful NHS 🙂 I’m really very thankful that we have our National Health Service


It’s My Birthday – 42 Today!

42 today 🙂 Well, I think I am; I keep forgetting how old I am and one year I thought I was a year older than I was. It was a really nice surprise when someone told me I was actually a year younger!!

Birthday Presents – 42 Today 🙂

Last year I told KayCee I was 31 instead of 41 and it took me a few minutes to realise I wasn’t in my 30’s.

birthday presents and flowers - 42 today

I’ve not opened my presents and cards yet because early this morning we called to check on my father-in-law and he wasn’t well. He got taken to hospital in an ambulance and Ant’s been there with him all day.

We’re postponing my birthday until tomorrow after school so everyone can be here 🙂 Well, that’s except for the bottle of salted caramel liqueur my dad gave me a day early….it’s going down a treat!

Edit – 15th July

I didn’t manage to open them in front of everyone because Ant was back at the hospital with his dad and Ella went out to her friend’s house!

We had a little mishap with the presents as well –

I thought it looked like I’d got lots of books and I knew I didn’t have that many on my Amazon wishlist. Al became when Ella gave me the presents she’d wrapped for me – 2 of them were books I’d bought for KayCee’s birthday next month and had given to Ant to hide for me!

He’s put them on the wrong shelf (he has a shelf in the garage for me and a shelf for the children’s presents that we buy throughout the year. None of us go in the garage so it’s a good storage place!) and gave the whole series to me. He even ordered the last book from Amazon because it wasn’t available when I bought the first 5 books!

Spoilt again!

As usual, I’ve been spoilt for my birthday.

42 today birthday presents
The flowers were from my lovely friend, Sandra and the Bayliss and Harding gift set was from my other lovely friend, Wendy 🙂
42 today birthday presents
The books were from Aiden, KayCee, Ella and Ant. The Chris Mooney ones complete the series and I can’t wait to read them 🙂
42 today birthday presents
My best friend, Jo, bought me the hurricane lamp and candle and a tin of Bailey’s iced latte – it was delicious! Kellyann bought me the Harry Potter mug and HoneyDukes candle 🙂
42 today birthday presents
My lovely dad bought me the salted caramel drink and the super wonderful husband and children bought me another fairy house for the garden 🙂

Delicious Birthday Cake

The day before my birthday, I went out for lunch with some of my Slimming World ladies and the wonderful Fay made me an absolutely delicious and huge, chocolate birthday cake!
They got the staff to bring it out to me after lunch and they sang happy birthday 🙂

Sunflower birthday cake


1 Day 12 Pics – July 2018

I set alerts on my phone every month to remind me to take part in #1day12pics on Instagram. For some reason, the alerts haven’t been coming through and by the time I’ve remembered, it’s been too late! Not this month, this month, July 2018, I […]

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100 Truths Tag

I saw the 100 truths tag on Suburban Mum blog and thought it looked fun so here are my answers:

100 Truths Tag

100 truths tag


1. What’s your name?

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

3. Your gender?

4. Your star sign?

5. How old are you?
41 – 42 next week 🙂

6. Your relationship status?

7. Any children?
My eldest, Aiden, is 18 then I have KayCee (13 next month) and Ella (11 next month) as well as 5 stepsons, Jonathan, Jourdain, Jason, Jerome, Jervais and a stepdaughter, Kellyann.

8. Any pets?

9. Any tattoos or piercings?
No tattoos. I have my ears pierced twice on the lobe but hardly ever wear earrings now. I used to have it pierced twice at the top on one side and my nose was pierced but I let them heal up.

10. What do you like about yourself?
I’m a nice person

11. What do you dislike about yourself?
My weight – I’ve been battling it all my life

12. Righty or lefty?


13. The last thing you drank?

14. The last thing you ate?
Jacket potato and leftover chilli

15. Your last phone call?
KayCee called me on the way home from school to let me know which way she was walking and to ask if her friend could come home with her.

16. Your last text message?
Replying to KayCee, thanking her for being nice to her sister!

17. Your last email?
It was to someone asking me to host content for free. I was politely giving them my prices!

18. The last song you listened to?
It’s been ages since I listened to any music. It was most probably one of the Nashville songs as I have all the CDs and they’re the only thing I listen to lately.

19. The last book you read?
I’m in the middle of reading One False Move by Harlan Coben

20. The last time you cried?
It was while I was visiting the doctor earlier in the year because my migraines had increased from 1-2 a month to around 15. I couldn’t take the pain anymore and was getting very depressed. He’s given me some new tablets and they’re excellent! Until today (I woke with one this morning) I’d gone 18 days since my last attack. It’s the longest I’d been between attacks all year.

21. The last blog you read?
I read Kim’s blog; she writes at Northumberland Mam and I get her posts into my inbox every day. Our girls are similar in age and our youngest girls are very much alike. They even have similar names!

22. The last person you spoke to?
The super wonderful husband. I told him I’d cook because his leg is injured and he needs to rest it as much as possible.

23. The last place you visited?
The Poundshop because it’s closing down and we wanted to stock up on a few things.

24. Your last holiday abroad?
The USA in 1994!


25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
Yes. The super wonderful husband (SWH) and I split up for about a month and I thought we were definitely over. I was so happy when we got back together and we’ve now been together 15 years and married for 13.

26. Have you ever been on tv?

27. Have you ever talked on the phone for more than two hours?
When I met SWH online, we lived quite far apart and would talk on the phone for hours at night.

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
Yes and I was so drunk I couldn’t even stand up to get to the bathroom, I just leaned my head over the side of the bed and let it out! *eeewww*

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?
The SWH says I’ve changed lots since we first got together. He says I have much more confidence in myself now.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
I can’t think of anything. My friends have always been there when needed.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
I’m sure I must have but I can’t think of any examples.

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
I don’t think so.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37. Have you ever had your own heart broken?
Yes, when we split up for the month, I was heartbroken.

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39. Have you ever been arrested?
I wasn’t arrested but I did have to go to the police station when I was about 15 because I’d been with some friends who had caused some damage on school grounds when school was closed. I had my fingerprints taken and was cautioned. They believed me when I told them I hadn’t caused any damage and had tried to stop them. It was the scariest moment of my life!!

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?
I can’t think of anything.

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
I must have done but my memory is really very terrible!

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?


45. Do you believe in God?

46. Do you believe in yourself?
I mostly do, now.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Of course!

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

49. Do you believe in aliens?
I’m undecided on that one

50. Do you believe in miracles?

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

53. Can money make you happy?
I think yes but I don’t mean having to be filthy rich to be happy, just enough to make sure the bills are paid and there’s enough left over for groceries. It’s horrible worrying all the time because the money going into the bank covers the bills but there’s not enough left for groceries.
We’ve been in that position a few times and the times when we’re not in that position, I’m definitely happier!

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
Not really, no.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?
I do but I don’t really like discussing politics because it can often turn nasty

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?


59. Are you eating anything right now?
No but I’m getting ready for my dinner so I need to go and make it soon.

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

61. What are you listening to right now?
Wimbledon is on the TV

62. What are you thinking about right now?
I was wondering if I’ve missed anything from the grocery order I’ve got coming tomorrow.

63. What are you waiting for right now?
The summer holidays. I love not having to put my alarm on for 6 whole weeks!

64. What are you most excited about right now?
It’s me birthday next week and I’m going out for lunch with some of the Slimming World ladies the day before.

65. What’s your pet hate right now?
Those posts on Facebook that means you have to reply asking for more details, for example, “FFS not again” and that’s it. I never post asking for more details, no matter how nosey I’m feeling!

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?
Ice cream which isn’t good when you’re supposed to be following Slimming World1

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Reading my book


68. Your first best friend?
A girl called Maxine at Infant school

69. Your first kiss?
I think it was probably when I was about 14

70. Your first celebrity crush?
George Michael then Jordan from New Kids On The Block

71. Your first holiday?
We used to go camping in Mablethorpe when I was a child

72. Your first pet?
A dog called Jenna. She was lovely but she hadn’t been trained very well and would make a dash for it whenever a door was left open. It would take us hours to coax her back inside!

73. Your first regret?
I tell you, my memory is very bad. I was going to say I couldn’t remember anything but I’ve just remembered that I used to collect stickers and had a lovely sticker album. My aunt would send me stickers from America and I loved it. For some reason, I stupidly gave it away to a girl on my street who also collected stickers. I regretted it almost straight away but I couldn’t ask for it back because that was wrong!

74. Your first job?
I worked as a nanny for about 3-4 weeks after leaving college. I didn’t stay because the mother kept putting off paying me by making one excuse after another.

75. Your first childhood memory?
Behind the shops where my Mama and granddad lived were some railings. My cousin, Emma and I would spend hours just holding on to the rail and flipping ourselves over. We loved going upside down and just hanging there.
We’d also pretend that we were sisters, not cousins but we didn’t live together. I can’t remember why now though!


76. Love or money?

77. Twitter or Facebook?

78. Hook up or relationship?

79. Dogs or cats?

80. Coffee or tea?

81. Beer or wine?

82. Sweet or savoury?
Sweet – ice cream and chocolate to be exact!

83. Introvert or extrovert?

84. Vampires or werewolves?

85. Seaside or countryside?
Seaside but not where there are thousands of tourists, it would have to be a quiet part of the coast, otherwise I choose countryside. A nice wood with a little stream running through it would be perfect.

86. Summer or winter?

87. Books or movies?

88. Horror or comedy?


89. Do you wish you could change your past?
Yes, sometimes.

90. What’s your dream job?
Working from home but with a steady income every month. Some months are better than others and I’d much prefer to know exactly when I was being paid and how much.

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Ice cream

92. What are you afraid of?
I try not to think about things that make me afraid

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A nurse but I very soon realised that I’m very squeamish!

94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Time travel

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
The only thing I’d change would be my weight. I’d like to be a healthy weight

96. Would you want immortality?

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
I really don’t know. I can’t choose anyone famous because I’d probably be too starstruck to talk! Maybe someone from my family tree who I didn’t get the chance to meet.

98. Would you say you are happy?

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Lose the weight while there’s not so much to lose!

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Right here, in this house. I’d like a new bathroom and for the garden to be finished by then!

Feel free to answer these questions on your own blog 🙂

Royal Wedding – Harry And Meghan

I didn’t get to see the Royal Wedding as it was happening because we’d promised to take Kaycee and Ella to Hobbycraft!
We also had 4 other shops to go to so we didn’t get home until it was all over.

Royal Wedding

I’ve now been sat here for a few hours watching the coverage and have seen them exchanging vows at least 6 times! Every time I see them kiss at the top of the steps, it makes me smile.

I know many people don’t like the Royals and think it’s all a huge waste of money but I love them all. I remember when William and Harry were born. I’ve taken an interest in them all their lives so it was lovely to see William marry Kate and now Harry marrying Meghan :o)

Royal Wedding Prince Harry And Meghan Markle - Duke and Duchess of Sussex


Our New 12ft Pool – Ella Loves It!

Ella wants a pool party for her birthday this year. She sent me a link to a 12ft pool she likes and asking when we can get one.

New 12ft Pool

Unbeknown to her, we’d already ordered one from Tesco on bank holiday Monday. We had to wait until today for it to be delivered and of course today it wasn’t as warm as it’s been all week.
She wasn’t bothered, though. She got changed from her school uniform into a swimming costume and got right in!

It was freezing and I don’t know how she does it, I certainly wouldn’t have been able to get in it!

new 12ft pool

Hours to fill!

Ant started filling it around 10 am while I was at the charity shop and it took until 7 pm to finally finish filling. He worked out the amount of water it needed to fill it and then the cost of the water. It’s going to add around £80 to our next water bill. I couldn’t believe it!

It’s worth it, though, seeing as they’re going to be using it all summer. Even the rain doesn’t stop Ella from going in the pool!

Fairhaven Water Gardens

Today we visited Fairhaven Water Gardens. It was a lovely afternoon which made a change from the wind and rain we’ve been having!

We were very impressed with the woodland garden. It’s was very pretty and peaceful.
The cafe was lovely. I was excited when I walked in and saw a comfy sofa to sit on! I was shattered after our walk (and I’ve not been getting much sleep because of my bad back) and that sofa was just what I needed!

Before visiting Fairhaven I read some online reviews and I have to say I disagree with those who say the entry fee is overpriced. We felt that at just over £6 it was good value for money. You could go in the morning, take a picnic and stay all day if you wanted.
Also, it’s a charity which for me means I see the entry fee more as a donation and one which I was happy to pay to help with the upkeep of this beautiful place.

Fairhaven Water Gardens

Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens
Ant on his way to see one of the oldest trees in the country, The King Oak.


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens
The King Oak is around 950 years old


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens
The Queen Oak


Fairhaven water gardens
The Queen Oak


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens


Fairhaven water gardens



We Had A Nice Anniversary, If A Little Cold, Windy And Rainy!

Here in Norfolk, we were forecast strong winds and lots of rain. The forecast was correct but we still managed to have a nice anniversary. We’ve now been married for 13 years and have been together for 15 years.

Market Gates Shopping Centre

It was cold, windy and rainy all day but we didn’t want to sit indoors again. I got wrapped up and off we went to do some shopping.
We went to Market Gates shopping centre and just inside the entrance we came across a wonderful Enchanted Wood display. It’s been made by members of the Louise Hamilton Trust who have been raising money to build a 10-bed hospice unit in the grounds of the James Paget University Hospital.

Enchanted Wood

I’ve always loved anything to do with fairies and I was delighted when I saw this enchanted wood. The amount of work that has gone into it is amazing.

enchanted wood

enchanted wood

enchanted wood - knitted and crocheted faires, witches, trees, etc

We had a late lunch because we’d had a late breakfast. We just grabbed a cone of chips from the covered market. The only stalls that we open were food stalls! It was freezing but I really enjoyed my chips!



When we were all shopped out, we drove to Gorleston-On-Sea and just sat in the car park on the seafront and watched the waves. There’s something fascinating about the sea, especially when it’s a bit stormy 🙂


Nice Anniversary Dinner

Ant cooked a delicious anniversary dinner for us. We had pork steaks, Brussels, deliciously creamy mashed potato and Diane sauce.
I really enjoyed it even though I was stuffed afterwards!

Nice anniversary dinner - mashed potato, Brussels, pork steaks and Diane sauce

Marques de Caceres Wine

Last week we were sent some Marques de Caceres bottles of wine to review. I saved them to bring on holiday with us and Ant had the Rosado Rosé wine last night with our special dinner. I decided to just have some fruit juice because I’m not a big fan of wine and we forgot to buy some lemonade so I could have a spritzer!
He said the flavour was really nice but it was a little too dry for his taste. It won’t go to waste, though, we’re going to get some lemonade today 🙂

Marques de Caceres wine

Marques de Caceres Verdejo White (£8.99)

Lovely aromatic white wine from the highly regarded Rueda region, full of character and balanced acidity. Expect nutty, herbaceous and citrus notes. Pairs well with spicy foods and grilled fish.


Marques de Caceres Rosado Rosé (£8.49)

A blend of 96% Tempranillo and 4% Grenache grapes, Marques de Caceres Rosado Rose Wine is an attractive pink wine with floral, berry notes


Marques de Caceres Blanco White (£8.49)

Marques de Caceres Blanco is a rich and dry white wine. Minerals lace through notes of grapefruit and pear, making this a fresh and crisp feeling wine on the palate.



We’re On Holiday – Our Anniversary Week Begins Here

Ant and I have come to Hemsby in Norfolk for the week to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary which is on Monday. We always try to get away for our anniversary week, just the two of us 🙂

Anniversary Week

We left around 10 this morning and after stopping at Nanny’s then calling for a Costa coffee, we were off.

Costa Coffee - I'm now officially on holiday for our anniversay week

The chalet was available at 2 pm so we had time to stop off at McDonald’s for lunch. I really enjoyed it because it’s been over a year since I last had a McDonald’s!

McDonald's iced caramel frappe

After getting the keys to the chalet and unloading the car we went to Tesco to pick up our Click and Collect order. I’d ordered a meal deal so Ant didn’t have much cooking to do. For a tenner, it was a really good deal; we had potato dauphinoise, ham wellington and peas (not included in the deal) followed by salted caramel profiteroles. I think Ant enjoyed the bottle of red wine!

I’m not sure what we’re doing tomorrow yet. I saw a sign for some water gardens on the way here so I’m going to check it out.

I also want to find some charity shops and have a look at the books!


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