Sunday, 24 April 2011


I've not blogged as I've been busy trying to enjoy the sunny days we've been having...

recovering from the mini camping in the garden trip.

trying to keep big one's stress levels at least on an even keel if not totally calm while she's taking her prelim exams (mocks)

trying to sort things out with the ex over our divorce.

trying to summon up some energy to get the million and one things on my to list done

but feeling a bit like there has been a black cartoon cloud hovering over my head all the time.

The smalls and I had a lovely Easter Sunday together today though and I'll tell you all about it and some other good stuff soon. ;)

Friday, 15 April 2011


Big one went off yesterday on yet another of her training weekends for her pending Malawi expedition leaving wee one and I at a loose end.

So 'call me crazy' because quite clearly I am! I thought I know, I'll set up our teepee in the garden and we can have a wee camping trip of our own.

I checked the weather forcast and it was fairly good, the odd chance of showers but fingers crossed they've not appeared - YET!

Wee one got very excited and set us up with crocheted blankets and pillows and after a wee trip to the local shop a few treats for watching a movie while we were tucked up all cosy in our sleeping bags.

So there we were, darkness fell, the dog decided he wasn't going to get left out thank you very much and joined us in the tent, thankfully there's plenty of room for his big bum too, even if he does snore like a trouper.

We munched on our crisps and kitkat pop thingys - very nice! Watching Marley and Me - sobbing our little eyes out. I knew it was a soppy one so we even had a box of tissues at the ready, just as well as wee one spilt her drink.

Then we read some more of our new Horrible Histories book by windup torchlight and then it was time to go to sleep.

WHY did I think we could forgo the inflatable mattress?!?!

Hour after uncomfortable hour went by and I couldn't get to sleep no matter how hard I tried. Wee one said she didn't sleep but I can vouch for the fact she was flat out and looking angelic as they do when they're off in the land of nod.

Come dawn break and the birds started twittering as they do, sleep finally decided to visit and I managed to snatch a quick nap before the sun lit up the tent and wee one was asking what was for breakfast.

My back!!! My hips!!! My spine!!!! Ouch!!!

They've all been very sore and achy all day today but we are about to enter the tent again for another night of home camping BUT I have already inflated the mattress AND popped open a bottle of vino to hopefully encourage the sleep fairy to visit me tonight.

The things I do to put a smile on my small people's faces. Worth it though :)

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Sorry far too busy

spending time with my small people while they're off on their Easter holidays.
Yes you did read that right, in fact they go back to school on Monday the 18th.
Yes, that's right that's nowhere near Easter - so they've had their Easter holidays 2 weeks too early.
Fortunately they will get Good Friday off school and then the Royal Wedding Day too so that should help a bit. :)
Only problem is as they've been off for their Easter holidays already they're wanting their Easter eggs already LOL

As said I've been very busy, not just with the smalls but with things around the house too. Lots to share but sods law my card reader has decided now would be a good time to die so I can't get any photos off my camera.
Great more expense! And yes that was sarcasm. ;)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Just why?

“Commemorative tea towels are so 1981,” said GDHA, distributor for GE appliances in the UK, as it unveiled “the ultimate” in Royal Wedding memorabilia – a 5’9” side-by-side fridge freezer emblazoned with one of the official engagement photographs of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Call me old fashioned but I think I'd stick to the mugs and teatowels!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

To all the Mums

"Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young." - Author Unknown

"Mothers are all slightly insane." - J.D. Salinger

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them." - Phyllis Diller

"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." - Calvin Trillin

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." - Tenneva Jordan

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." - Chinese Proverb

"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back." - William D. Tammeus.

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." - Mark Twain

Whether you receive a home made card, a bunch of flowers, an expensive gift that Daddy/Grandma/Mum's friend bought or nothing at all - the best gift you'll get today is two wee arms wrapped round your heart. I wish you all a beautiful day. Taz xxx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Rock Paper Scissors

Do you remember playing this in school?

Have you spent many an hour reminiscing and wishing you could have taken it up in a professional capacity instead of the dreary career you found yourself in?

Well as the saying goes...

Only in America!

Just for you, look what I found.

America's Offical Rock Paper Scissors League

Words fail me!

But just in case you're now fancying a game - here's a reminder of the rules ;)

And no this is not a belated April Fools :)

Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools!!

Well I hope that was sugar you had in your tea this morning and not salt and that there wasn't any clingfilm over the toilet when you were half asleep or that somebody didn't swap your hair remover cream with your shampoo!

April Fools - annoying or fun? Now there's a debate that could go on and on.

My beautiful small people aren't prone to playing tricks on their poor old Mum first thing in the morning and thanks to whoever started that you can't do any after 12 noon rumour by the time they get home from school it's all over. :)

We do like having a bit of fun in this mad house but we just don't limit ourselves to the one day of the year. ;)

Anyway here are a few hoaxes (not mine) that you may remember ...

Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity
1976: The British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

UFO Lands in London
1989: On March 31, 1989 thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. Many of them pulled to the side of the road to watch the bizarre craft float through the air. The saucer finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London where local residents immediately called the police to warn them of an alien invasion. Soon the police arrived on the scene, and one brave officer approached the craft with his truncheon extended before him. When a door in the craft popped open, and a small, silver-suited figure emerged, the policeman ran in the opposite direction. The saucer turned out to be a hot-air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records. The stunt combined his passion for ballooning with his love of pranks. His plan was to land the craft in London's Hyde Park on April 1. Unfortunately, the wind blew him off course, and he was forced to land a day early in the wrong location.

Whistling Carrots
2002: The British supermarket chain Tesco published an advertisement in The Sun announcing the successful development of a genetically modified 'whistling carrot.' The ad explained that the carrots had been specially engineered to grow with tapered airholes in their side. When fully cooked, these airholes caused the vegetable to whistle.

Big Ben Goes Digital
1980: The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid

and one of my favourites

Flying Penguins
2008: The BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series Miracles of Evolution had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. It even offered a video clip of these flying penguins, which became one of the most viewed videos on the internet. Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the Antarctic winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America where they "spend the winter basking in the tropical sun."