Sunday, 6 January 2013

Mango growing, roast lamb and finally succumbing to the lurgy.

Today started pretty much as expected, meaning I woke to find that Jasmine was not going to work due to still feeling ill & Noah was sat in utter control of the Sky remote.

Ok so I may not be 100% either my throat decided to close and feel like I had spent the night chain smoking and singing Karaoke both of which I have long given up. But today was going to need some major attention if it was going to be successful preparation for the return to school in the morning.  3 cups of tea later I decided to get some fresh air,  luckily Tess has grown most of her fur back and she was happy to come along for company.
Walking seemed popular today with virtually every other family in town except mine who stayed at home to ensure that Sky didn't lose transmission, so it was a mutual exchange of pleasantries every few yards but none the less I felt better for the walk and Tess seemed to enjoy it.

After lunch Jasmine decided she'd like to try growing the Mangoes she had eaten, after a quick google it became apparent that we could actually do this.  A south facing garden was required which we have and basically its a case of keeping it moist and warm so off we went to the garden center for pots and now we have one of the Mango seeds on the windowsill while the other waits for attention.

So its Sunday and this means that despite feeling like all I want to do is sleep I'm cooking roast leg of lamb for dinner, pudding is ice cream as I'm just not up to another major cooking event, the Christmas and new year requirements of feasting have been quite enough, possibly until easter even.  While I tried to avoid becoming a slave to the oven over the holidays it was inevitable really especially when you have a family like mine.

So that's it really, I'm off to finish preparing dinner and then I suppose it's sunday evening chaos as usual in readiness for school tomorrow.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Back to being me

So just in case anybody missed me cooeee I'm back!! 

Its been a fair while since I've bored you all with news of my shenanigings well over a year in fact. Not that I went native, oh no its just a case of not feeling like I'm able to stand out of the shadows thanks in main to certain unnamed people who akin to vampires sucked my life force out and left a shrivelled husk of myself behind.  But now I'm done, I'm back and I'm not going to be the proverbial wall flower any more.

So anyway hum yes it would seem time to bore you (I obviously mean) enrich your lives with my knowledge (or lack of) and the ALL NEW (improved recipe) Adventures of Purplepetal.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Indifference in indecisive weather

Today started with a vain attempt at getting a lay-in, by 7am both children had come in asking questions that woke me totally from my deserved slumber.  The thing is I didn't mind today; last night was plagued with nightmares the like of which I haven't had since childhood.  These were the wake you in a cold sweat, questioning your reality/sanity type of nightmares.

Anyway, it soon (by 7:30am) became apparent that it was going to be 'one of those days', Jasmines new Xbox360 had gone very wrong indeed and it was decided that we would need to exchange it, in Ashford.  Amazingly my children get breakfasted, washed. dressed and ready to go out if they know we are visiting a Game, perhaps I should lie to them in future when speed is required?

I remember clearly when we got in the car there was bright sunshine, a few fluffy friendly looking clouds but nothing ominous, as we made our 10mile journey the weather got less friendly.  Chilly which is never good in June, and the blue summer skies became gradually replaced with dark imposing clouds.  By the time we got to Ashford it was down to 15C and raining!!! everybody else was wearing coats and we looked like tourists who erroneously expect summer in the UK!

Game replaced the 360 for Jasmine, and I bought me and Noah jumpers to wear, I'd never really thought about it but its quite telling how much 'summer' fashion consists of jumpers, cardigans and the aptly named 'skinny scarf'.  Back to the car feeling warmer but cheated as the sun was appearing again!!
Jasmine was too social to come home from our trip out for her, preferring instead to visit a friend the Xbox has chosen to stay in the box until she returns.

This afternoon we had planned to wander down to the Faversham Festival, a dry run for the Hop Festival held later in the year, but the constant threat of rain along with the fact all our rain macs are 'somewhere safe so they don't get lost' we stayed home, watching reruns, drinking tea and generally being indifferent to our lack of activity.
Tonight it's Ham (homemade), egg and chips for tea, I find I crave comfort food when I lack energy or enthusiasm for anything else.

Tomorrow will be better I'm sure, they predict dry weather.  Its Fathers day so we may even visit the zoo, or perhaps take our rods to the beach along with our new portable BBQ.
But perhaps I shouldn't plan anything certainly not the concept of having a lay-in at the weekend!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Ignore this post

Oh you had to look didn't you?
Just couldn't follow the instructions then!
Sorry to disappoint you but I'm just testing blogging by email.

Its been a while.

Yep its been a while since I last had a good blogging session.  This was due to the fact that I was needed in full mum mode, I'm not going to say why but that's it no more explanation will be given no matter how many 'I'm just worried' 'I want to help' 'If there is anything we can do' I receive.  Want to help? send wine by the case!! 
To quote a certain Mr F Gump, 'That's all I have to say about that'

I have also (those of you who follow my tweets will know) been a very busy bunny for the past 10days, not only have I joined a gym in my endless pursuit of my pre-childbirth X3 figure; oh and to get fit (yeah sure who actually joins a gym for non vanity reasons?).  Oh and I have been trying desperately to makeover my darling daughters room, we bought the laminate flooring that by some level of inane stupidity you can't have delivered, I mean £400 of laminate is actually 23 packs, each pack weighs about 6KG and I had to unload them all from the car and move them around the house (twice) so you get an idea of why the gym seems a tad wasted.
Anyway on top of the flooring that we managed to lay in record time (1 room = 3hrs) she also 'required' a new day bed oh and bedding.  Suffice to say I've been busy, very busy.

We took a day off from the chaos yesterday and went for breakfast, just Gareth and me.  It was really nice, just recently our marriage seems refreshed and much more enjoyable, perhaps finally the roles of disabled person and carer have been timely pushed back by the much more important ones of husband and wife.

Today is delivery day!!! first delivery (the day bed & mattress) turned up at 6:50am which while being fab to get it out of the way was unsociably early even for our family of early risers, this has meant that by 9:30am the bed was assembled and ready to use ; well with the exception of bedding , we're still waiting on that. 

The rain is still falling hard and fast, which makes my oh so eco friendly choice not to replace the tumble dryer look even more insane , it also makes my bathroom look like a Chinese laundry with washing hanging anywhere we can fit it.  
So there we go, its been a while but my life hasn't got any-more interesting, just a little more manic.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

A patient man

A patient man who I'm lucky is my husband on a well deserved coffee rest stop in canterbury xx