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Project 365 – Photo a day 7th January

Project 365 – photo a day

Well, I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with my attempt at a photo a day this year, otherwise known as Project 365. I took a photo on the 1st January then totally forgot on the 2nd!

So I decided to start my year of 365 on the 3rd January instead :oD

3rd January

Relaxing with a book and a coffee after suffering from a migraine all day

photo a day project 365

4th January

I was happy with my 9.5lb loss at Slimming World this week πŸ™‚

photo a day project 365

5th January

Trying to be more organised on the blog

photo a day project 365

6th January

Started the second book of my Goodreads challenge

photo a day project 365

Wish me luck for the next 7 days. I’m not holding out much hope that I’ll remember to take a photo every day but I’ll give it a go!

Project 365 – Week 5

Project 365

May 16th – This is my new favourite dessert….sweet omelette with fruit, yogurt and squirty cream πŸ™‚

Slimming world sweet omelette with strawberries and cream

May 17th – Ella’s new bear

Teddy bear

May 18th – Ant’s been working hard on the waterfall, pond and stream this week. The stream is now running and I love it πŸ™‚

Stream water feature

May 19th – The pond went all green and horrible the other day because the waterfall had to be switched off while Ant worked on it. He emptied it and refilled it then added some plants. Hopefully, we won’t have to empty it again!

Garden pond

May 20th – 2 for today because I couldn’t decide between the photos I took of Kaycee and Ella!


May 21st – Nanny had a robin’s nest in the garden and now she regularly gets visits to the bird table from the babies πŸ™‚

Baby robins

May 22nd – I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for ages. It’s been in the charity shop loads of times but I decided I didn’t need any more books so I didn’t buy it. I then saw a friend on Facebook saying she was reading it for the second time and described it as brilliant so I bought it for a pound and now I can’t wait to get started on it!

One Day by David Nicholls



Project 365 – Week 4

May 9th – Week 4 already! This is what we made from the rhubarb we picked in the garden the other day. It was ok but it seemed very bitter compared to last year’s crop. I wondered whether it was because last year’s was forced by placing a bucket over it (done by the previous owner, I had no idea what was under there!).

Rhubarb pie - week 4 of project 365

May 10th – I’m going for another loss this week after my 3lb loss at Slimming World last week so I’m on lots of speed veg in the chili and speed fruits like melon πŸ™‚

Chilli, melon and yogurt

May 11th – These little blighters are ruining my lilies.

Lily beetle

May 12th – Ella loves snails!

Snails on Ella's hand

May 13th – Kaycee has her first Panini sticker album. I watched as she put her stickers in and totally remembered the frustration of not getting the sticker exactly right!

Cinderella sticker

May 14th – Ella wanted a different hairstyle today (excuse the mess, we’re in the process of doing a big sort out and move round).

Ella's hairstyle

May 15th – Another different hairstyle for Ella. Today she wanted a fishtail braid πŸ™‚

Ella's fishtail braid

Project 365 – Week 3

May 2nd – The start of weekΒ 3 of my project 365 and Ella wanted to stay home this week while Aiden and Kaycee went to Aiden’s dad’s for the weekend. We had a nice time together πŸ™‚

week 3 and Ella wanted to stay home

May 3rd – Our rhubarb is growing well again this year.


May 4th – Ella looked lovely today πŸ™‚ Also, it was my sister’s birthday – happy birthday sis xx


May 5th – Ant continues to work hard on our wildlife pond, waterfall and stream :oD

working on the wildlife pond

May 6th – My Nan-Nan made a surprise visit on Monday and brought with her an absolutely delicious banana cake. You can’t see much of it here but the combination of vanilla ice cream and banana cake was gorgeous!
It was lovely to see her as I don’t get to see her often. She’s going to be coming again in the summer for a BBQ πŸ™‚
Also, it’s my brother’s and best friend’s birthday – happy birthday bro and bestie! xx

ice cream

May 7th – I’ve started the #make30photos prompts again from Emma Davies and this is number 1 – fill the frame with colour

a white flower

May 8th – I bought some more books from the charity shop again today but I’m running out of room to put them!

books from the charity shop


Project 364 – week 2

All photos for weekΒ 2 are from my Instagram account πŸ™‚

Saturday 25th April – A birthday lunch at Damon’s for my step daughter’s birthday. I love Damon’s bbq ribs and really enjoyed the afternoon.

Sunday 26th April – Ant and I went on holiday to Hay on Wye, just the two of us, to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful week and I have lots of posts to do!


Ty Bychan

Monday 27th April – Hay on Wye is known as the second hand book capital of the World, which is the reason we wanted to go and it didn’t disappoint. We spent the week browsing book shops and doing lots more reading than we’d normally have time to do while at home.

Hot drink, a good book and some sweets

Tuesday 28th April – We took a break from book shopping and visited Westonbury Mill water gardenΒ which was featured on Channel 4’s Shed of the Year last year.
It’s gorgeous and I’d love to live there!

Westonbury Mill water gardens


Wednesday 29th April – We spent the morning walking by the river Wye before going home for lunch. It was a lovely walk and we decided we wanted to go further so we ventured out again in the afternoon, even though it looked like rain. A few minutes after leaving the cottage, it hailed! It only lasted a few minutes so we carried on and ended up with gorgeous weather all afternoon. I really enjoyed being out all day walking with Ant and enjoying the marvellous scenery πŸ™‚

The river Wye

Thursday 30th April – Our 10th wedding anniversary and Ant bought me this gorgeous little fairy sitting on some books. I adore fairies and books so this was the absolute perfect present for me :oD

10th wedding anniversary present - a fairy sitting on some books

Friday 1st May – Time to go home after one of the best weeks I’ve spent alone with my super wonderful husband in a long time :0)

Welcome to the county of Lincolnshire sign - week 2


Project 365 – Week 1 Again!

Week 1 again! I missed a few days. Well, quite a lot of days actually but I decided not to give up, I’m just going to start again and make last Saturday my day 1 again πŸ™‚

April 18th – We started work on my new wildlife pond πŸ™‚

Ant digging out the pond

April 19th – More digging!

more of the pond has been dug out

April 20th – It’s been gorgeous weather today. Ella came home from school and changed into her swimsuit. Any excuse for her to wear a swimsuit is a good one! We planted some seeds in this big planter. Fingers crossed we get a lovely display of whatever flowers it was that we planted. We totally forgot to label it!

Ella helping in the garden

April 21st – We have liner and water :oD

pond liner and water - week 1 again!

April 22nd – Flamingo Gifts sent me gorgeous things πŸ™‚

Flamingo Gifts

April 23rd – We had a few minor problems with the water level but hopefully it’s ok now

pond liner and more water

April 24th – My wonderful boy is 15 today. I made him a vanilla sponge with lemon curd and lemon frosting. It was delicious, even if I do say so myself!
I can’t believe he’s 15 already. I did take a photo but I’m not posting it because he’s at the age where he doesn’t want his mum posting photos of him!
Happy birthday Aiden, we love you xxx

Aiden's birthday cake


Project 365 – March 28 to April 3rd


March 28 - Ella in the garden
March 28 – The girls finally finished painting the garden arch. They started it last year and it’s been left all over winter. This is the year we get a nice garden again!


Garden arch is up
March 29th – Ant did a great job of getting the arch up. I love it πŸ™‚


Messy bedroom
March 30th – No more messy bedroom didn’t quite go as planned!


Ella's hair in plaits
March 31st – Ella’s got a thing for plaits at the moment πŸ™‚
Ella witht he planetarium
April 1st – I’ve never seen Ella as excited as she was when this planetarium arrived! The review will be up soon.


Kaycee using the metal detector
April 2nd – A metal detector was sent with the planetarium and the girls have been hiding coins outside for each other to find πŸ™‚


banana split
April 3rd – We went to Surprise View to wish Grandad Jack a happy birthday. Nanny treated us to lunch at the Wetherby Whaler (formally Harry Ramsden’s) and it certainly is a treat! The fish and chips were lovely and you can see how good the banana split was!
Ella had been excited to go all week. She wanted a prawn salad and a brandy snap dream dessert. I can’t believe she ate all but half a spoonful of the dessert!
Ella with her brandy snap dessert


Project 365 – Mar 21 – 27

March 21 – I think the tv was a distraction from the book!

March 21st - Daddy and Ella

March 22nd – Kaycee’s been inspired by the great British sewing bee and made this apron by herself, without a pattern! She still has to hem it and has asked me to show her how to use the sewing machine sometime over the Easter holidays πŸ™‚

Kaycee's been sewing

March 23rd – Day 6 of my meal replacement plan and drinking 4 litres of water a day was quite hard!

March 23rd - New You meal replacement water bottle

March 24th – For some reason, Ella wanted to sing Christmas songs at bedtime!

March 24th - Christmas songs at bedtime

March 25th – A week on the New You plan saw me lose 11lb πŸ™‚

March 25th - New You weight loss 11lb in one week

March 26th – I’ve had some review items from Joseph Joseph this week and I LOVE them. Review posts up soon πŸ™‚

March 26th Joseph Joseph bowls

March 27th – Kaycee πŸ™‚

March 27th Kaycee watching tv

Project 365 – March 14th to 20th

March 14th – Kaycee – she smiled and let me take a photo, instead of running off and saying she didn’t want her photo taken!

March 15th – Mother’s Day at Rufford Abbey

March 16th – I’ve been asked to try out the New You plan for a week

March 17th – Kaycee’s parent evening

March 18th – Watching the ants she collected for the Ant World we received. Review to follow πŸ™‚

March 19th – Ella’s had a thing for nursery rhymes this week. She’s read this book every night!

March 20th – Ella – who loves to pose when the camera comes out, unlike her brother and sister who always try to hide!

Project 365 – March 7th to 13th

March 7th to 13th – The little rabbit that Kaycee bought for me seems to have a new owner. Ella’s looking after her very well!

March 7th to 13th - March 7th Ella's looking after my little bunny rabbit teddy
March 8th – They were arguing over who was going to read which story!
March 8th Kaycee and Ella at bedtime

March 9th – Kaycee got another Brownie badge tonight πŸ™‚

Kaycee's brownie badge

March 10th – Another charity shop bargain! I used to love The Worst Witch books when I was younger and I’m hoping Kaycee and Ella love them as much as I used to πŸ™‚

The Worst Witch book collection
March 11th – I won the greatest loser at my Slimming World group for losing 7.5 stones πŸ™‚


Greatest Loser certificate from Slimming World for losing 7.5 stone
March 12th – Kaycee πŸ™‚


March 13th – More spring flowers!
Spring flowers