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Frosty End To January – My Sunday Photo

I love snow and I’ve been looking forward to getting some snow this past week, but it kept passing us by. Thursday, however, was very very cold and I awoke to a lovely frosty landscape. It looked so pretty. I have to say, I think the frost on the trees looks even nicer than snow would have done!

Frosty Day

frosty trees

I wish now I’d have gone for a walk and taken my camera. I could have taken some really lovely photos at Whisby Nature Reserve or Hartsholme Country Park. There are some great photo opportunities at both places 🙂

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Ella Cooked Dinner – My Sunday Photo

KayCee’s loved cooking and baking for a few years. Ella likes baking, but she’s never been as keen as KayCee to cook meals. This week she asked if she could make dinner so I found her a Slimming World recipe and apart from a little […]

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Santa Cross Stitch – My Sunday Photo

I’m working on this Santa cross stitch as much as I can but I don’t think it’ll be ready in time for Christmas this year!

Santa Cross Stitch

Santa cross stitch

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Thank You Pennells Garden Centre – @PennellsGC – Sunday Photo

At the start of October, our local Pennells garden centre opens its Christmas shop. Their Christmas shop is massive and it’s becoming something of a tradition for us to go visit on opening night.

They have 20% off all Christmas items on this night only. I bought some Christmas mugs and a tree decoration and very nearly bought the train decoration in the picture below; KayCee even put it the basket for me.

Pennells Garden Centre Christmas Shop

Gold train water spinner at Pennells garden centre

We browsed a little longer and while browsing I managed to talk myself out of buying the train. We had a holiday coming up (we’re actually on said holiday right now!) and I told myself I didn’t need the train, I just really wanted it and the money could be better spent on our holiday. KayCee took it and put back on the shelf for me. Before she did, though, she said to me, ‘are you sure? You’re going to regret it!’

I told her yes I was sure and no I wouldn’t regret it.

She knows me well, however, because on the way home I posted some of the photos on Instagram that I’d taken and mentioned how I did regret not buying the train.


My Instagram posts are automatically posted to Twitter but I have to admit that I don’t check Twitter often. All the tweets on there are ones that have been posted somewhere else and automatically posted on Twitter.

I don’t have notifications enabled on my phone either so it wasn’t until over a week later that I noticed someone had replied to my post. I’d tagged Pennells in my Instagram post and they’d seen the photo on Twitter.

Happy Customer!

I’m now one very happy customer because I have my train and what’s even better is, I didn’t have to use any of our holiday money because I had some garden centre vouchers that we got as a gift last Christmas! I didn’t know I could use them in the Christmas shop, I thought they could only be used on garden items so I was delighted when Will said I was able to use them on anything in the shop apart from the concessions 🙂

While we were there I also got some new plants for the planter I bought last year at Morrison’s. It was a Christmas planter but the plants had died after Christmas. I like the planter so planted it up with some new plants that hopefully will look good all year.

planter with new plants

Thank you, Will, and all at Pennells 🙂


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A Map Of Days By Ransom Riggs – My Sunday Photo

I enjoyed the first three books in the Miss Peregrin series so when I saw a fourth book, A Map Of Days was going to be released in October I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

At the time of ordering it cost £10.49 but the day it was out for delivery I got an email from Amazon saying the following:

You saved £3.00 with’s Pre-order Price Guarantee! The price of the item(s) decreased after you ordered them, and we gave you the lowest price.

I love Amazon!

A Map Of Days

A Map Of Days by Ransom Riggs, the fourth book in the Miss Peregrin series

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Dobby The Chihuahua – 7th Oct My Sunday Photo

Ant’s son, Jourdain, and his fiance, Nettie, brought their new addition to the family to meet us last night. We all fell in love with gorgeous Dobby. She’s a beautiful tiny baby chihuahua.

Here she is snuggled up in KayCee’s Harry Potter blanket!

KayCee now wants a chihuahua. We tried putting her off by telling her she would be the one who had to pick up the poop, feed, water and walk it every day as well as administering flea and worm treatment. None of this seemed to phase her, however, we all know it’s easy to say and not as easy to do, day after day!

Ella still wants a guinea pig so Ant said they can both have what they want if they can keep their bedroom tidy for 6 months.
They tried before and managed a couple of months until Christmas came then it all went to pot!

We’ll have to see how they do this time! 

Welcome Dobby

Dobby the chihuahua
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More Prepping For Christmas Posts – My Sunday Photo

We still have lots more things to do to get Christmas posts ready for the blog so all the photos on my phone from this week are Christmas ones! I don’t even have any Ella selfies, which I usually do every week!

We’ve been making magic reindeer food, marshmallow snowman, Christmas bark and still more cookies. Ant’s also making a batch of mincemeat today; we’re going to have homemade mince pies this year at our Christmas Eve open house. The smell of the mincemeat is delicious and is making me feel all Christmassy!

Prepping For Christmas Posts

jar of oats, assorted cake decorating sprinkles, stapler, food bags, bag toppers - prepping for Christmas posts


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Christmas Cookies Already! – My Sunday Photo

I’m getting ahead with my Christmas posts so I’m not as busy in December. To help me, I’ve got Ant, KayCee and Ella baking Christmas Cookies for me so I can photo them. KayCee and Ella also helped me make Christmas Bark today and they’re […]

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Too Many Apples! – My Sunday Photo

We’ve lived here nearly 5 years. When we were looking for a new home, this was the first one we looked at and I fell in love with the apple tree in the middle of the lawn.
It’s always given us quite a few apples, but this year it seems to have gone crazy! We have hundreds of apples. So many apples that we’re struggling to find something to do with them!

What To Do With So Many Apples?!

We’ve given bags of them away. I chopped and cooked some and KayCee made some delicious crumbles and every time one of the kids say they’re hungry, I tell them to get an apple!

This morning Ant and I spent an hour or so sorting the good from the bad and he wrapped the good ones in newspaper and stored them in a big box.
I’m going to spend the afternoon peeling and chopping the not so good ones so we can freeze them and use them throughout the autumn.

Too Many Apples!

Too many apples!
I’ve been picking them as often as I can and each time I get this many or even more. Today I filled a washing basket, a paper bag and these 2 popcorn buckets again and there are still so many left on the tree!


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