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  1. Bluestone Travels soon!

    October 10, 2019 by rachy

    In a few weeks we’re off to Bluestone Wales again for a few days and I can’t wait. It’s the best place in the world for our family. We have tried holidays abroad and in the UK and there’s only one place that we have found that really suits us. LT is just so happy and comfy there and that just makes a massive difference to us. His autism isn’t ever an issue when we’re there as the staff will try to accommodate him/us in all ways possible, from them warning us where the sounds, effects and people will come from during the dinner shows to sitting and talking to him, on end, about which ever topic he is currently waxing lyrical on. 

    We have gotten our packing down to an art…. sort of abstract and messy! Every time we go, we pack too much and have an awesome game of car tetris before we go. I always try not to pack so much but it’s rare that we don’t use the stuff we bring. It’s like having home away from home with the right level of comfort. 


    One thing I like about going to Bluestone is that even though there is wifi, we don’t use it much. For a family of gamers and an adult who uses social media far too much, the basic wifi gives a good break from screen time and social stuff. Which is great, I have a love hate relationship with social media, it’s like car crash telly, you can’t look away but you know you should. The break I get from it there gives me a wonderful mental health break.


    Since starting home schooling we’ve done learning in many different way. This time Bluestone is going to be an educational holiday. We’ve booked in lots of activities for LT to do, mostly Christmas themed ones. We love the dinner and shows they put on and since they built the new Seren Dome we are going to get to enjoy a show there too this time. We’ve got a golf cart booked too which is always fun. We will be taking some of our school things with us and will be looking at some nature studies things too while we’re there, down in the woods etc. There’s also awesome things down there in different areas that have bug hotels, plus an enormous lake with lots of ducks who, given the chance will come into your lodge. Then, there’s the squirrels. They are amazing. They will come right up to you, especially if you’ve got some healthy snacks for them! (Which I double checked was ok to do!)


    We get a whole lot more exercise when we go there too, we walk for miles through the woods and around the grounds. We swim most days, since people staying at Bluestone get sole use of the Blue Lagoon pool from something like 9:30-12:00 before the public can come in, and we take the time to play outdoor games like Boule and badminton. Last time there was a wonderful breeze so we flew a kite behind our lodge several times which was fantastic.


    I think one of the best past of Bluestone is the staff. From booking to enquiries to the ladies and gents working within the grounds doing one of the many MANY jobs, everyone is so lovely. Nothing is too much trouble and the people who talk to you are never anything but professional, lovely and kind. 


    All in all, we can’t wait to go. And Bluestone do something mean, when it gets to 6 weeks before they start messaging you saying “Plan your stay!” Dude! I’ve had my stay planned since day one. If I had my way we would already be packed. And in the coming weeks I am going to get SO bouncy. Poor WT has a lot to deal with on the journey there too because the closer we get and the more signs we see the bouncier and more excited I become…. oh and LT is excited too of course. hehe. 


    So, we’re off on our hols in the not too distant future. And we are very ready for it!

    (This is not a sponsored post, we  just love it there!)

    Ohhh Ohhh! And! If you sign up for their news letter they will let you know when their “early bird” special happens, where you can get 20% off your 3/4 night stays. Plus they show you all sorts of interesting things on their face book page! Go check them out if you want a relaxing, exciting, wonderful holiday. (They do couples hols and family ones, plus they have a spa!!!)

  2. A full month?!

    October 5, 2019 by rachy

    We are not beyond a month into our home school journey. It’s been eye opening. And for the most part in a good way. LT and I are enjoying our topics that we work on together and he’s enjoying the freedom home school gives him.  We are gradually getting into a good rhythm with home school and it’s refreshing.


    So far we have had day trips, shopping trips where he’s had a clip board to note down costs of things, we’ve read books, coloured, crafted and generally tried our hands at a lot of things.

    The difference in LT is amazing. His anxiety is WAY low and it’s wonderful.


    I haven’t really got a big HS update for you. There’s been no miraculous thing happened. It’s just going well. One thing we have noticed is that LT’s handwriting is improving which is fantastic.


    We’ve got a lot of hosp and docs apts at the moment for LT. Some physio ones and some others. Were he in school that would just mean he was out of action and absent for the day. But not with HS!


    Randomly I signed up for a Savvy Circle test for a Flash mop. And I got in! So we shall see how sparkly and nice my floors are in the coming weeks!

  3. Interesting Title

    September 11, 2019 by rachy

    Day two of HS! Still haven’t lost our rag with each other. Two days is a long time sometimes. But today has been another good day. LT wasn’t very well this morning and had he still been in mainstream school still he would have either not gone in and been sent home or gone in and not had a productive day at all, or worse I could have kept him off and we would have both had a not very good day. Where as because we are at home, we are able to work but at a slower pace, and if he needs to take a break or rest we can. 

    So today we did a lot of work on number and letter formation and looked at multiplying with decimal points. I love how clever he can be and how quickly he can pick things up. It gives me a thrill when I ask him a question and I don’t expect an answer or at least not the correct one only to find that he knows and is able to explain it to me in detail. It’s great! What could have been a very unproductive day turned into a relaxed day of learning. In the afternoon we started our book, one of my faves that I read when I was in year 5 of the juniors (Which is where LT would be if he were in mainstream now.) The book is “Carrie’s War” written by Nina Bawden. And the copy we are reading is one I bought at the summer fayre at my J&I school many years ago for 50p. It’s last stamp from the school library was from 1980. It’s a lovely version of the book with a deep red cover and slightly yellowed pages. It brings back such lovely memories for me. 


    Carrie’s war is the story of a mother going back to Wales decades after having been an evacuee sent there during WW2. It tells of her life and adventures and is full of heart felt relationships and mystery. I honestly just love this one. So this is the book we will be reading “in class.” LT enjoyed the first chapter an answered some questions in his writing book about it afterwards, and I even managed to tie it in with one of his fave chars from another book, Paddington the Bear, who of course was given a “Please look after this bear” tag when he was sent to London.  I look forward to more chapters with him.


    Day three. Today is “Stitch and Bitch” day. I made a deal with LT that if he worked hard in the morning and got all the work done that I had set him in his books that he could have lunch at the a local cafe that he loves. And so while myself and the other “Bitches” sewed poppies that we have crocheted or knitted onto a giant camo net ready for poppy day in November, he got on with his work. He got it all done with half an hour to spare and had do it well. I was dead pleased with him and he was pleased with himself. It’s so nice to see him enjoying doing work and not being stressed and anxious. It may only be day three but it still feels like we made the right decision for him.


    We are at home now and I have been through is books and “marked” his work and it’s dead good stuff. He needs to put work into certain areas that have lapsed over the years but it’s good quality work. 


    Tomorrow we have SW first thing and then home before I take LT for a hair cut. Hair cuts are still a drama for him, he hates them, but he will let one lady do it begrudgingly. He’s going to do some work in the morning while I do the till at SW and then we’re going to have a walk to get a little gentle exercise. Before we go for his haircut. Then in the afternoon we’re going to look further at Carrie’s War before we start out topic, which he still doesn’t know what it is. It’s all new but exciting and very fun. We’re also going to squeeze in some lessons of Italian language tomorrow too which I am very much looking forward to.


    I have decided that we are going to turn our holidays to Bluestone into educational holidays. Where he can make and do in the woods and do soooo many activities that we’ll be exhausted. He loves it there so much and we can’t wait!


    See you around!

  4. A new adventure?

    September 9, 2019 by rachy

    It’s been a very long time since I last wrong on here and a lot of things have changed since then. Last week all the kids went back to school at the end of the Summer holidays. LT did not. We came to the decision that we were going to home school LT from this year to see if we can help him. Over the last couple of years we’ve realised that as good or bad as his mainstream school is, they aren’t able to give him the care that we know he needs. So we have taken it upon ourselves to give him that care. It’s a big undertaking and it’s very scary, but we have no doubt that it’s the right thing to do.

    So we gave LT an extra few days off once the other kids went back to school so that we could make the distinction between in school and home school and this morning LT and I have started out and are taking things one step at a time. I do intend to keep a record of things that we do on a daily basis for our personal records. But I also intend to try and keep a record on here too. I am hoping that I can share with you guys the ups and downs of what we’re doing. I am positive it’s going to be a roller-coaster, but roller-coasters can be fun!

    We are starting with some basics today, checking what sort of things he needs to have extra help with and then this afternoon we’re going to do some creative activities.

    This morning was so different to how school mornings have been for the last few years. I am so used to LT waking up and saying “mummmmmy…. do I have to go to school today?” and then having the battle to get him there, then worrying all day about whether he’s had a good day or not. Whether he’s been productive and happy. LT coped with school, which isn’t something I ever wanted. I wanted him to enjoy school and to thrive there. But it just wasn’t to be. This morning as I lay in bed just before 7am reading through emails and things on my phone I am greeted with a cheery “Good morning mummy!” as he climbs into my bed and asks “What English work are we doing?” “You’ll find out when we go downstairs, don’t worry love.” “Oh I’m not worried, just interested.” And off he went to have half an hour playing on his tablet before he got up and got dressed and was ready to start our day. Taking that pressure off, removing the uniform and the “we need to leave at X time” and so many other things has already made a massive difference to him and us. This has been such a lovely relaxed summer holidays for us because LT hasn’t been half as stressed about the prospect of returning to school.

    On Friday last week we went for a day trip to Tenby. Just a day out us three. And it was bloody lovely. We had cockles on a bench, sat and watched the sea. Walked down onto the beach and in to the cave before we threw rocks in the sea and collected treasure to bring home (shells and rocks!) It was so quiet there compared to when we visit during the school holidays which was wonderful. LT does not cope well with school trips, busy days out etc. So if we’re able to go places when there are fewer people there then that is awesome. We visited a Tudor Merchant’s house owned by the National Trust whilst in Tenby and it was lovely. It was busy but not overwhelming. And was a good example of the types of day trips we will enjoy doing with LT in the future. It’s the same for going on holiday. Every year we go to Bluestone over in Pembrokeshire at least once. It’s our fave place. LT can be at home away from home, he is content there in the wide open spaces and sometimes takes his ear defenders off, which if you know him, you will know is a very rare thing out of the house. This year we have been lucky enough to go twice and, thanks to my parents, we will be going again in the not too distant future. We will be going when it’s much quieter than usual, when he can do activities and have fun and not be concerned about the noise or how many other children there are. And, as ever it will be wonderful. And we honestly can’t wait.

    So this is week one, and although it may not all be smooth sailing, I am excited for what is to come and I think LT is too. He is happier in himself, his mental health is so much better and therefore mine is too! Watch this space for new posts…. I hope!

  5. Failed a bit….

    September 12, 2016 by rachy

    I didn’t manage to do much blogging during Blaugust. I had good intentions as ever, but in the middle of the summer holidays it was more than a little difficult. We have however had a nice summer. LT finds time off school difficult, the lack of routine does not agree with him, so we try to structure our time, but there’s only so much of that we can do. LT wants to go out and do fun things but also doesn’t want to leave the house. He wants to do all the things that the other kids are doing, but then you get there and he either doesn’t like it or can’t cope with it. Makes life a little difficult. That being said the things we did were mostly successful. Right at the beginning of the holidays we went with H and J to our local community farm, we had tractor rides, played in the play ground. Fed cows, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys all sorts. There were lots of pigs and piglets, which you’re not allowed to feed, the piglets because they were still milk-fed. The big ones because they’re bitey things! My faves are the cows, they’re just so cute and lovely, and they are sloppy. Their tongues should freak me out and yet they don’t one bit, they’re too lovely!! The kids had story time, they spent time in the petting area with chickens and guinea pigs. The best part was the pig racing. Always really funny, who doesn’t love cheering on some awesome porkers?! Watching the great members of staff trying to corral the pigs into doing what they want them to do is maybe more entertaining than the race itself. 

    We had a few more days out we’ve had during the summer. Most of them went really well. The best couple of weeks however were right at the end of the holidays. We drove up to see Em and Sal for a few days and went to the Harry Potter world  place in Watford. It was awesome, the staff were great from the off! We picked up the tickets, and were asked if we needed a guide for LT, do we need a million other things. If things got too much tell the staff, if you need help through the crowds etc just speak to staff and they were super happy to help. As it happens LT coped really well with just about everything. He had one small mini melt down before we went in, but honestly I think that was more to do with the build up of the activity than anything else because once we were in the line to go in he thought it was wonderful. He didn’t know what to expect and enjoyed the first 2 areas but wasn’t so keen at first when we went into the museum part. When he found out he could interact with things, things were much easier. Needless to say it was a fantastic if exhausting day out. The travel there and back was the worst part, not just because we got a little lost en route! Oops! We said a very sad goodbye to them and off we went “Home.” It was a bit of a weird day all in all. We hadn’t seen Sal and Em in a long while, and it was so great to spend time with them and although I speak to Em most nights it made us miss them tonnes! So much so that I’ve now booked a holiday that we’re all going to go on next year. Eek!! 


    My mischief mug and my awesome Sirius mug, a birthday gift from Em and Sal! Thank you!

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    When I say we were headed “Home” it wasn’t a lie. It was the home a grew up in. We took LT up to my mum and dads supposedly for a few days. We started off by getting lost and going about an hour out of our way. When we finally got up to the village mum and dad live in we popped to a shop at which point LT was like “Oh! I know this shop! I think Grandma and Grandad are going to meet us here!” To which I could honestly say “Nope! They aren’t, sorry LT!” Then we had to pop to the supermarket, where I was a little mean. LT knew it was the one near G’ma and G’dads house, but I told him we were just stopping for a couple of things and this just happened to be on our way home. Of course that wasn’t true. On the main road my mum called me, LT was talking to her on speaker phone and he couldn’t decide what was happening. Then we arrive and he is jubilant! He thinks we’ve come to visit for just the day and asks if we could stay the night to which I say ok of course. And then he was like “I wish we could stay longer. ” So when I told him “How about 5 days?” I thought his head was going to pop off his shoulders. He was so happy. 


    We have a habit we have to feed!

    It was a strange first day there. Mum and Dad were off out with my sister and her chap not long after we arrived. And Welshtroll wasn’t staying with us, he was just dropping us off and heading back to Wales and we were going to get the train back on Wednesday. (We arrived on Saturday.) So I dash about emptying the case and stripping back all our stuff so that I have a minimal wardrobe for LT and myself. Making sure we just have the basics only. We have lunch with WT, he gives us love and hugs and then he’s off on his way. Thankfully he had a good drive home and had a couple of days relaxing in a quiet house before going back to work. In theory he was going to pick us up from the Station on Wednesday afternoon. However, during his journey home he offered to pick us up the following Saturday instead of using our train tickets (Which thankfully hadn’t been expensive.) I kinda wish that we’d had that talk before he set off so that I didn’t have to continually wash our clothes during the week, however it was great! Saturday night when G’ma and G’dad got home, LT had a snuggle and relax with them. And slept really well that night. It’s always fun sharing a bed with that child. He sleeps across the bed and is such a hot beastie. Sunday we went out to a craft fayre at a local park with my sister, which wasn’t the best in the world but we all got glitter tattoos and I bought a black pudding scotch egg, which I can tell you was blissful!


    Bank holiday Monday we had a big family day at Mums house. So my sister came, my brother, his fiancée, their daughter. Then my mums cousin, husband, their daughter and the daughters son came, which pretty much for us is Aunty, Cousin and LT’s Cousin. Then we had the wonderful Lady J arrive, she has been in our life for forever and is one of the most wonderful people there are out there. Then mum and dad new neighbour came round for a little while. It was a really lovely day. Lots of great food, lots of lovely conversation. The kids were in and out of the big paddling pool or in the tent and mostly had a great time. LT did really well at when things got too much for him, he took himself off for a little quiet time and when he was feeling better he came back out to play. Thankfully his cousin knows what he’s like and accepts him for how he is. 

    I think Tuesday was a pretty quiet day, though that may have been the day that we went to another park, which was a less than successful visit in some ways. LT didn’t like how busy it was, (and neither did we, but its a great park in the middle of the summer hols on a sunny day!) He decided that he wanted to try a big climbing frame that led to a couple of slides. However when he got across the frame he couldn’t climb up to the big slide, we had warned him that might be the case. So he was going to go on the lower one. But couldn’t climb down. Hmphh! My sister went and looked to see if she could get up and it was too high, so that meant one thing! I was going up. I went up the first level (it really was higher than I thought, and I was super proud to get up it, especially in the midst of lots of other playing kids.) I’m not surprised that he couldn’t get up or down, it was hard for me at my height, for him nye on impossible. So I have to go up to the next level, I help him down and pop him on the slide. He goes down, and legs it. My sister who is holding our bags has to give chase and I’ve got to get down. I did consider the slide but 2 girls started to climb up it so I didn’t get that bit of fun! I climbed back down, held my boobs and ran after them both. The climbing frame wasn’t the best idea. So after my sister and LT were calmed, we took him down to the splash area, thankfully we brought goggles and he already had swim shorts on. Off he went to play, my sister went for a wander, I don’t blame her at all it was super busy in there and I was getting splashed a lot! After that we went back to my mums and then out for steak night at Wetherspoons. Which of course it means it must have been Tuesday cos that’s steak day at Spoons! 

    Wednesday was the day to go home…So we took LT for a surprise visit to Whitby. I love that place, and so did LT. He loved the stories of the town, loved the market stalls, loved walking up the 8 million steps, the church, the Abbey, he loved everything. It was a long and lovely day out. The funniest part was the seagull who stole a big piece of fish out of LTs fingers, LT was cross and found it funny and thankfully wasn’t hurt. They have sharp beaks! We went to the arcades and played the 2p waterfall type machines. LT won 5 prizes all together, well I won 2, mum won 1 and LT won 2.  All in all it was just a lovely day. I hadn’t been there for a long time, so really enjoyed the day. The next day we spent at home and just relaxed (I think that was Thursday.) Friday was another quiet one before we came home with WT on Saturday. We went to the butcher’s shop and grabbed a load of meat to fill my freezer before heading home. (I had freezer blocks ready and WT brought cool bags! We like to think ahead lol.) 



    Finding this for sale in the Church in Whitby really entertained me.imag0506  imag0495

    *Quick edit* If you’re a fan of Pokemon Go, Whitby is just one big Pokestop! (Not sure Mary Shelly or anyone else considered that when writing their great workds! 😉 Honestly there are hundreds of stops there!!

    At the beginning of the summer my mum had an operation on her spine, so seeing her was really good. during the visit she had a still back and was taking it easy, however that all seems to have gone really well and she’s healing well. My dad hurt his back while we were there, I hurt my knee. It was a very good week for being hurty! 

    Now we are into our second week in school. LT settled in really well and got great feedback. He was just so happy at school barring one small incident. He was happy going in and coming home and that carried over onto the weekend. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the school year. WT and I are back on the wagon as far as Slimming world is concerned. WT has been doing really well with that and has already lost a huge chuck of weight in quite a short time. I am really proud of him.

    At the moment we are working our way through sorting the house out. I’m hoping that we can get more and more cleared out and sort the house for selling, that is of course if we can find a house we all love!

    Right have a great week folks and I shall be back at some point! Thanks for reading.

  6. Busy days.

    August 14, 2016 by rachy

    So instead of having a weekend away or making exciting summer holiday plans we decided to do….DIY! That’s what people do for fun right? And actually for the first time in a long time we didn’t end up trying to kill each other during the process. Flat pack is evil and makes up want to do harm to each other and the world! So we got some bits done that we keep intending to do and never do. Curtain poles and curtains and nets are up. Monitors are mounted on the walls and our room and landing has a huge smell of gloss overwhelming our house. This week LT and I will get on with decorating my room. Then a million other little bits hopefully.

    Am still trying get used to streaming and will start streaming the crafty things too soon. Feeling like I’m talking to myself is a bit odd, though having a 6 year old you’d think I’d be used to it by now! Our friend DD has just bought ESO, so today we have started playing that through with her. We have had it since it was in Beta and have throughly enjoyed the game. I wasn’t and still am not really happy about the changes that were put into the game. I spent a long time building my main character and getting her skills and points spent how I wanted them only have to go back and re-do  it. However, today were fresh brand new character, I have an Orc call Lorki Spudweiser who is a mean, lean hitting machine. Well that’s the theory. She’s not doing badly so far. We’re currently taking a break but will carry on tonight when LT is in bed and we’re all fed. (Pulled pork wraps here. The pork smells divine and you can find the recipe for it over on my food page linked at the top.) 

    I was super proud of BT this week as he’s been trying his best to stick to a healthy diet and more exercise, and it has without doubt paid off with a 6lb loss in a week, mine was rather smaller with just half a pound. Next week will be better! And it’s all going in the right direction. I think I am finally back on the SW wagon with a couple of syn related wobbles here and there and its quite a refreshing place to be!

    Now its time for hot tea, dinner and relaxation. LT is watching Zootropolis, BT is blogging and watching streams and I am contemplating deep and meaningful matters. (Whether I can be bothered to get up to make more tea.) Think we’re going to watch a film in a bit but not sure which, any suggestions of good ones folks? Old or new!

    Take care and have a nice evening!


  7. It’s a bit early!

    August 10, 2016 by rachy

    Morning folks. For some reason it felt right to get up early today, not a habit I want to get into during the summer holidays! 

    This week we have had a lot less home drama thankfully. Though Big Troll’s (BT) brother is now in hospital and is super poorly, so we’re sending all our love to him at the moment. I don’t think we’ve got any big plans for this week, the couple of plans I had made have fallen through so I’m trying to see if I can switch things around so we can do something fun at the weekend. But right now, I’m in dire need of tea! (Which I have but is too hot! I know, first world problems huh?)

    Little Troll (LT) is sitting behind me watching “Hobby Kids” on his tablet while he eats his breakfast. I have to say it’s one of the few shows he watches that I don’t mind at all (until he’s watched them 12 times and still wants me to react like I’ve not seen/heard it!) They’re a nice family, who do a different surprise egg each video. Like a giant Kinder egg but not made of chocolate. If you’ve got little ones, maybe point them that way. We use the Youtube Kids app on his tablet so what he watches in limited and so far nothing has come up that isn’t suitable. Which makes life a lot easier. It means that LT has some independence and I’m not hovering over him making sure he’s not seeing something he shouldn’t be. He also likes the Ted-ed videos, which are wonderfully full of information! There isn’t anything about black holes that LT doesn’t know, to the point his end of year school report mentioned his knowledge of them. Though that video got a bit tiring after the 98765431230 time of watching!

    Yesterday we set up some more of my streaming stuff and I streamed gaming on and off in the day and the evening. Had a couple of new followers which was more exciting than it ought to have been. I think I may always bounce when someone new follows me on there, especially when it’s not someone I already know. BT has sorted out an improved background for my stream and some other bits which are all lovely, so I shall start putting them to good use soon. Getting used to talking to myself and describing why or what I’m doing in game is taking a bit of getting used to, but I’m determined that if I’m going to stream it’s going to be nice and chatty and not silent. We’ll see how it goes, I’ve not got big aspirations for streaming but I do intend to have the cameras set up when I’m doing beady things a lot more (When I find the lampshade for my day light lamp!! It’s somewhere safe!) which I’m quite excited about.

    Today isn’t going to be a busy day I don’t think. I think LT and myself will watch some Dr Who, drink tea and just potter about. He doesn’t cope too well with being off of school for extended periods and there’s only so much structure I can give him in the holidays. So we shall do a few pages in one of his work books to keep his mind sharp and keep him in the habit of doing bits of work. He’s really rather clever, and I’m sure you will rarely find a child who’s parents don’t think he or she is clever. It’s not very often someone says “Oh yes little Penelope is thick as soup!” But! I am not that academic, I love to read (though would rather read something with a happy ending!) but I’m not great with numbers or common sense! Whereas LT is super clever with numbers and his reading skills have come a long way over the last few months. It’s been an odd year for and with LT. He had so many struggles in school, which they got on top of as well as they could, he had his ASD diagnosis which as much as it wasn’t a surprise was still a bit shocking, we knew it was coming etc but having it down on paper is another thing entirely. Then his school moved into their new building for the last term. Which is great, it’s a smashing snazzy building. And of course my son hates it, which I totally get. The worst part was, his new classroom looked out upon his old building, so he had a constant reminder of where he was and where he was comfy. However, come September that building will be gone so I’m hoping that will be one less thing for him to struggle with. He’s done very well this year and we’re super proud of him, and my goodness as much as I love spending time with him I am very much looking forward to the new term starting. There’s only so many things I can take him out to, and he tends to lose interest half way through things and not necessarily understand why we can’t just leave. It’s a learning curve for us all. We have certainly learned a lot more this year about him, ourselves and our parenting style than I expected.

    Tonight in theory I’m off to aqua aerobics. Which is far more fun than it should be! Exercise has never been something fun for me. But I have always loved being in the water. So now twice a week I go to the pool and splash about and do my best to copy what the teacher says, and every week I am exhausted afterwards and very happy! I recently took part in “Race for Life” as part of my Slimming World group. I hasten to add that I walked it, there was never going to be any running! But it was nice and I ended up walking with two lovely ladies from my SW group. It was a rather nice if tiring day!

    Have a good day folks, until my next ramblings!

  8. Blaugust eh?

    August 4, 2016 by rachy

    So I was talking to Troll the other day and he mentioned he had signed up for Blaugust, last year he did it and I thought it was a great idea. But he seemed to be under pressure to get the posts done each day in time. And that for me, was too stressy. I liked the idea but knew I wasn’t committed enough to do that. This year it’s swung around again and it’s changed a little. This year it’s a lot more relaxed, you can post as often or as few times as you like. Just sign up and give them an idea of how many you’re going to do.So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve decided to try to do 2-3 posts a week time permitting.

    So this is the first one. Hello!! I tend to be a bit lacking when it comes to blogging, I have good intentions but am usually distracted by something big or small and then I don’t come back for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of other peoples blogs, and I think “Ohh I should write a post!” But generally that’s as far as I get.

    Over the last few months I’ve been doing lots of beading and storing up lots of ideas and planning new items. I gave some vouchers to a raffle and just completed a Phantom of the Opera type door plaque for a lovely little girl as her prize. I’ve been up to Yorkshire a couple of months ago and seen a fabulous author called Milly Johnson, who I will go and see every time I can. She writes awesome books, is a Yorkshire lass and is just generally cracking.

    This is a short one to get into the swing of things. I’m in a bit of a grump this morning. Our shower broke this week, smoke pouring out while I was trying to wash my hair dye out. Troll’s tire got bashed and needed replacing and poor Troll ended up at the doctors because he’s sprained his ribs. It’s been a bit of a week. And having just been to Slimming World I’ve put 2lb on this week. I know I haven’t been perfect but I thought I would have been better than that. As with a lot of people, I have a habit of hitting self destruct when things go wrong and turning to comfort food. I’ve had a good few weeks with SW too, so it’s a bigger disappointment than usual.

    Next week will be better! Shower is now fixed, tire is fixed and husband troll has meds to help him. Now I’m going to drink tea and snuggly with Little Troll. Have a good day!

  9. Gameblast16.

    January 13, 2016 by rachy


    Thanks for coming for a look. We’ve been talking about taking part in something like this for a long time, and this is the first time it will work out well for us doing it. So, have a read please, be generous where you can and have a great night! Thanks folks.

    This is my teams page

    Next month Myself, Kris and some other friends will be taking part in Gameblast16, which is the UK’s largest charity gaming event. For it I will be gaming for 24 hours on varying games and platforms. I will stream some of it so you can watch the excitement yourself wink emoticon I will be gaming solo and as a member of an awesome team on all manner of games.

    The charity behind this is SpecialEffect they are awesome folks who raise money to adapt technology to allow people with physical disabilities to enjoy video games. They have done some truly amazing things, please check them out and spare what cash you can to sponsor my team mates and I.

    You can learn more about the event in this video:

    Please sponsor us if you can, this is a charity that I really care about and would like to help them as much as possible. We met them a few years ago and got to see first hand some of the things they get up to and it honestly was amazing.


  10. Movie time

    April 12, 2015 by rachy

    Recently I have been watching a vast array of different movies. Some off my watchlist, some randoms and some that have been recommended by friends. I’ve seen some utter rubbish and some really awesome stuff too. So here I am nattering about them.

    So the first one I will talk about is “Monkey Bone.” By god, that was hard work. It was odd, it was surreal (as it was meant to be.) And I just don’t know what to say about it really. I didn’t like it. The idea was good, it was funny and it wasn’t badly made. But it wasn’t to my taste.It actually made me uncomfy more than anything. I don’t really have a good thing to say about it. But I wouldn’t suggest it to any one and I wouldn’t watch it again.

    I also watched “In your eyes.” Which was suggested by my friend AG. She seems to have good taste in films and shows, I haven’t been let down by anything she’s said to have a go at. So this one was a young lass who can see through the eyes of this guy and he can see through hers. They can hear each other too but they’re at different ends of the country (may have been different countries but I can’t remember.) He’s a really clever guy but has been brought up trashy trailer park style and she’s a nice girl but is mousey and somewhat oppressed/ bullied by her partner. Ohhh I wanted to hit him!! It was good in my opinion.

    I watched “Not another happy ending” Karen G****** in from Dr Who and Gaurdians of the Galaxy. It was a little different and was very fun. I liked the 2 main characters and the one that was a main-side character which is a bloke out of the Shield series. (He plays Fitz or Williams. The bloke. Not sure which.) A story about a lady who write, is rejected by all barring one publisher who is french and grumpy and rather tasty. Things happen, she gets an award, gets a new bloke, gets writers block, grumpy french man tries to fix that but in the wrong way. It was a bit of a different film, a little bit deep but also had funny bits. I would suggest it to most.


    “In my dreams” is next. Woman runs family restaurant after mother dies, isn’t totally happy, restaurant isn’t busy. Gets new chef, makes wish in a fountain, i think it was for true love. Bloke who is an architect working for a crappy company with a crappy boss wants to go out on his own, makes a with in the fountain with his mother and sister and nieces who are nagging him to get a mrs. So they go to bed (their own) and meet in their dreams and don’t realise they’re real people, next night the same. Next day the blokes cheating ex gf turns up and distracts him blah blah. Any way without telling you what happens fully, there’s happy, sad and dramatic hunting and of course a happy ending. Which I do like, I am a sucker for happy endings.

    Have you ever had things in your life go so wrong and so badly that you just want to end it all? Pierce Brosnan has! Or at least his character in “A long way down” has. So, bloke goes to a tall roof top to chuck himself off it, along comes another woman with the same idea, ruins misters suicide, he offers to come back 20 mins later. Very polite of him, ladies first and all. Then drunken young lass comes up and then an american chap. It’s rush hour! So they all decide to do it another night and head their own way. They end up bumping into each other again the same night (new years) and in the end make an agreement to not top themselves until Valentines day. Things happen, the press find out, drama ensues. It sounds like a really depressing film, and it has got deep moments, and you look at each persons view. But it’s also very funny and very sweet. I would say give it a go, but make sure you’re in a good mood to start with!

    Next is “The single Moms Club.” It was ok. It wasn’t a deep film but it had a nice ending. It’s not the best film ever but then I don’t think I would have expected that. The story is ok, the cast is nice and its well made. It annoys me that its called the single moms club but they all end up with partners. Sorry if this spoils things for you folks who were just raring to watch this one. But honestly it just bugged me, it felt rushed if nothing else. But if you’ve got a spare couple of hours and don’t want a deep film go for this one.

    “Thor” NOM NOM NOM! That is all.

    I tried the series “Getting on.” I just couldn’t do it. It annoyed me. I didn’t find it funny, I didn’t find it clever. It made me uncomfy and I turned it off 3/4 of the way into the first episode. The characters were all they types of people who in real life would just drive me mad and who I would come home and rant to Welshtroll about. I can’t recommend this one, simply because I couldn’t make it full one episode. I generally can read or watch anything and get some sort of enjoyment out of it. But not with this one. Oh even thinking about 2 of the characters a couple of weeks later makes me get annoyed. Don’t do it unless you have morbid curiosity.

    Little Troll and I watch Dr who a lot. We have worked our way through 3 of the newer Doctors up to but not including Peter. (I feel the newer series are a little too intense for LT.) I have always watched it with him and censored it where it needs it but for the most part he enjoys it all. We just finished Matt Smith and LT chose to go back to the start of David Tennant. Which I didn’t object to because I find the ending of Christopher very teary! The unfortunate result of watching Dr Who is that LT now relates everything to it. We eat this food because that alien did, we go here because that’s what this baddie did. It’s not annoying at all…. no really grr.

    We watched Disneys “Secret of the wings.” (Tinkerbell.) Oh dear it made me cry! It was very sweet and fun, i think that LT liked it but I suspect I watched more of it than he did. Was nice if you like sweet happy endings and disney of course. I followed this up by watching Disney’s Hercules. It’s just a fun retelling of the myth/legend. And dammit it has catchy songs in it! *Starts humming one song.*

    Oh oh oh!! North and South. Richard Armitage. Ohhhh scuse me a minute I’m having a flush! That man is delicious. Just wonderful! Better than bacon! A mini series about a family who move from Darn Sowf to Oop North. The father is the only one who knows why they’re moving, they find it very harsh up North compared to their home and come across poor and hard people. They of course have a family secret and need to protect it. And Richard Armitage is in it as the honest, hard working (delicious) Yorkshire man. Ohhh I wish i could have him! /sigh. A-hem anyway! It’s awesome and is another re-watch for me. I don’t think it will be the last time I watch it. It’s just good!

    Slipping back to Disney I showed LT The hunchback of Notre Dame. He wasn’t right bothered about this one, and I can see why. As much as it’s good I dont really think its in the same style as your usual Disneys and I can see why it wouldn’t have gripped him. But again I enjoyed it. There’s a theme building here lol I like films too easily I think.

    Oz the Great and Powerful. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It was clever and fun and looking at the story from a totally different angle. I liked all the characters and the ideas in it. Oh and Jen from Dawsons Creek was in it. It just felt nicely done. I would def give it a re-watch.

    Written 23/3/2015

    Since writing the above post I have watched a handful of other films. I have re-watched lots of the Hero movies, Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy etc which thoroughly entertained me. We’re currently re-watching Dinnerladies, which I can tell you honestly has never lost a dot of its entertainment value! Every time we watch it I laugh, and of course cry at all the sad bits.

    Welshtroll has introduced me to Archer, which is wonderful and awful all at once. Not far into that but I do intend to watch more. My poor brain will be warped. I started watching “The Returned” but needed to wait for a few more episodes to get to Netflix so that I could binge on them. Apparently a re-make of a French show/film. Very good so far. 

    I’m also starting again with Once Upon a Time. Really enjoyed that when it was on the TV, but got left behind, so now I shall work my way though it once more. When it started it and Grimm were on at the same time and I could only do one story book type show at a time so Grimm lost out. Since then I have started watching that too and am about to start on the third series before watching the 4th which I’ve recorded on Sky. 

    Today we are watching lots of Curious George thanks to LT. I have taken the easy route and am reading while he watches that and plays.

    Have a good Sunday!