Alphabet Photography Project 2 | G is for…


G is forWe went to stay with my parents in Sheffield for a few days recently and while we were there we went to Castleton, mostly to visit the caverns but we also walked up the old Mam Tor road. Mam Tor is also called the “shivering mountain” due to the frequent landslips that occur and the road, that was once open, closed for good in 1979 and is now gone. Gone, crumbling, down the hill!
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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | F is for…


F is for

Flowers, everywhere. All of a sudden the colour is returning and over the last week I’ve seen snowdrops, crocuses, primroses and even a couple of daffodils. We saw this beautiful field of snowdrops at Nonsuch Park today. Jasmine lay down with them to “listen to them blowing in the wind”! It is lovely to see the flowers returning.

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Alphabet Photography Project 2 | E is for…


E is forMonday afternoon is time spent just with Ben while Jasmine and Thomas are at forest school. Recently we have discovered Ham House and, after two years of going to Richmond Park, it is nice to have somewhere new to explore together.

This week I had planned on walking from Ham forest to Ham House, enjoying a hot drink (me) and cake (Ben) in the cafe and then walking back to collect the big ones, but as Ben was about to get out of the car I realised I’d left his coat at home! Now, while it was much warmer on Monday than the previous few days I wasn’t sure he’d manage a mile walk with just his fleece on! So back in the car we got and we drove over. Once there though we didn’t go straight into the cafe but spent over 30 minutes walking along the river path.. and you know what? He didn’t get cold! We then had our cake and tea but within about 15 minutes he was ready to go again and he spent the remaining time running around the gardens! He loves the formal lawns all laid out in squares and spends ages running along the gravel paths, round and round! I don’t know where he gets his energy from!
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Meal Planning Monday 9th February 2015

Last week was a busy one, with a day in London and a day at Chessington zoo as well as all the usual activities! It is weeks like that when I am thankful for the meal planning as I don’t have to think about food as we are rushing from one place to the next!

This week is looking much quieter at the moment. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year (early) on Wednesday with our HE group, with a Chinese feast and lots of children using chopsticks! Other than that I’m keeping it simple.

Here is our meal plan for this week:

Monday – Veggie sausage rolls, mash, beans & peas

Tuesday – Pasta Crumble

Wednesday - Chinese food

Thursday – Spaghetti, lentil ragu

Friday – Bean Stew with a Dorito topping

Saturday – Jacket potato, lentil ragu

Sunday – Quorn cottage pie


An Interview with Ben, aged 5

Here is Ben’s birthday interview.. a snapshot of his life on the day he turned 5.

  1. What is your favourite colour?
  2. What is your favourite toy?
    James (train)
  3. What is your favourite fruit?
    Apple, actually blueberries
  4. What is your favourite tv show?
    Tale of the Brave
  5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?
    Chocolate spread sandwiches
  6. What is your favourite game?
    Playing trains
  7. What is your favourite snack?
  8. What is your favourite animal?
  9. What is your favourite song?
    Tale of the Brave song
  10. What is your favourite book?
    Thomas the Tank Engine stories
  11. Who is your best friend?
  12. What is your favourite cereal?
    Fish cereal (Kelloggs Multigrain shapes)
  13. What is your favourite thing to do outside?
    Play with the big lorry
  14. What is your favourite drink?
    Fruit shoot
  15. What is your favourite holiday?
    Grandma ones
  16. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
    Cuddling teddy and Bradley
  17. What do you want for your birthday?
    Timothy and Flynn (engines)
  18. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Work in Jasmine’s zoo

And here is Ben’s year, February 2014 to January 2015

Ben 4-5

Saturday Snippets 7th February 2015

{Celebrating} Ben’s birthday a day early. We are going to Chessington zoo for his birthday tomorrow so we’ve done cake and presents today.

{Wondering} how my baby boy is 5 already, and where the last five years have gone!

{Enjoying} watching him enjoy his day

{Realising} the present we bought him (a trackmaster track set) is far bigger than I pictured in my head when we read the dimensions on the box!

{Eating} roast dinner and cake

{Playing} Scrabble with my mum and Gordon. We’re almost finished and its a close game…. – edit: I came second :-)

Snippets 7th February

{Snapshots} Jasmine has done some fantastic artwork this week, both drawing and with some mosaic-type stickers at HE Group on Thursday. Thomas has enjoyed starting to read some simple chapter books by himself (Usborne  Young Reading series). Ben counted to 30 by himself and has been counting down the days to his birthday all week!

Alphabet Photography Project 2 | D is for…


D is forI really did try not to pick a wildlife photo this week! But I love this photo, taken at WWT London Wetland Centre last summer. And I love these Ox-eye daisies. Such a simple flower but so beautiful.

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Meal Planning Monday 2nd February 2015

Woah, it is February already! And February means only one thing… Ben’s birthday! So this week on top of all the regular cooking I’ll be baking his birthday cake.. good job I enjoy it!

But the cake baking and last minute birthday planning does mean I’m not being very adventurous with the meals this week and it really is fairly boring (other than Sunday when we’ll be eating out after our day at Chessington Zoo for the birthday boy)

So here is the plan for this week

Monday – Meadow Pie

Tuesday – Sausage rolls, potato wedges and beans/peas

Wednesday – Macaroni cheese, garlic bread

Thursday – Veggie/Quorn fried rice

Friday – Sausage casserole with cheesy dumplings

Saturday – Quorn Roast dinner

Sunday – eat out.