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  1. Bridlington.

    August 18, 2014 by rachy

    We went for a day out to Brid while I was up North. Which was lovely! It was a bright day, we parked at Sewerby Hall and walked over the cliff towards the town. It was a bight, sunny and very breezy walk! Down at the town Little Troll and my mum walked along the beach, stopping every five steps because he was digging for buried treasure or shooting cannon balls at the pirates he could see in the distance. Luckily after a good half hour of this walking and not much distance covered it started to spit with rain and so my lovely boy was persuaded off of the beach onto dry land to get his jogger bottoms on. I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased to see rain at the seaside, however this one only lasted a few minutes and so by the time we were ready to head off again it had stopped and was brightening up again. So off we went in the direction of a chippy/restaurant that my mum and dad like. We had¬†my sister and her dog, Kitty with us and are gradually wending our way in the right direction, though we’re still stopping every 30 yards because Little Troll has seen something he likes the look of. (Most noteably a play place that looks like the back end of a pirate ship.) We got there eventually, my sister and her pooch go and eat their fish and chips on the sea front, while LT, mum, dad and me go inside and sit down to eat. It was lovely! Huge portions, crispy batter, Big thick chips (which were lovely but I like the little ones ūüėČ ) and best of all mushy peas!¬†Not only was lunch lovely, but in the restaurant as we went in was one of my oldest, loveliest friends! I hadn’t seen her for years, and I can’t tell you how much it made me smile. Such a lovely lady, I don’t get to see my Yorkshire friends very often, so it was doubly lovely. However I like the fact that I travel from Wales to South Yorkshire, head an hour and a half to Brid and still manage to see someone I know. That’s my dads skill, he can travel to the most remote corner of the world and still find someone he knows. ¬†On the picture closer up on the boat, we are at the front, LT in a green coat and me in big sunglasses (near a man in dark blue.)

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    After lunch we walked along the front for a few minutes, before we see the “Pirate Ship.” It’s ¬£2 for adults and ¬£1 for children for a 10minute ride. So I figure it will be nice and peaceful and fun for LT. Off we go, lined up, sitting on the ship right at the front and off we go. Well let me tell you! That was not as much fun as it could have been. I never minded fayre ground rides or anything like that, but apparently I’m not too happy about being on a ship that competes with a speed boat. It actually was fun, LT loved it. Though he held onto me for dear life with one hand and waved his pirate flag with the other. And he was very excited to see the Pirate ship building we walked by earlier, because it wasn’t enough to be on a ship eh?! I don’t know if I would do it again, I know it wasn’t exactly white knuckle (for most!) but going in and our of the harbour and going over the waves created by the speed boat was VERY bouncy and made us bump about a lot. I feel I may be getting old if I can’t cope with that! Hopefully my mum is in the process of sending us some pictures, I didn’t take any… because I was on the boat.

    So after that we went through the games on the prom and LT did hook a duck and won the worlds most badly made blue swirly pig/dog toy that moulted so much that I’ve had to shave his trousers. ūüėČ Followed by calling at an ice cream shop, when LT had a cone with Blue ice cream with marshmallows and enough E numbers to power a very energetic child for a few hours. (I had a cone with a scoop of malteser and a scoop of the blue stuff, much more mature!) And then we went to get the “Noddy Train” back up to the car park before going home. The train is a land train that runs on a tractor made to look like an old steam train and pulls carriages with seats in. My dad decided that he would walk back to the car with my sisters dog while we rode up there. It was a good 30 mins walk without the help of the dog. The dog however had better ideas, got about 5 mins from the train and stopped. Sat then lay down and didn’t move. The pooch was unmoveable! So we got a call from dad to tell us about this, I was the only one of the adults not giggling I may add! And a few mins later we went by them on the train and the pooch was resolutely not moving. We get just about up to the car having decided that we’re going to get the cars and drive down to pick dog and dad up, only to get another call from dad saying that the dog has started walking…. but in the opposite direction and there is nothing he can do to get her to go the other way. So he went back to the place we sat and ate ice cream and waited for us. ¬†I really did feel for my dad, and I hope the tired dog felt for him too! Needless to say, we called into Morrisons a few minutes later where I picked up a bottle of Ale for him to enjoy that night in an attempt to cheer him up.¬†

    This is the train http://www.sewerbyhall.co.uk/visitor-information/land-train/

    So that was a fun day out!


  2. Adventures ‘Oop North.

    August 16, 2014 by rachy

    We reached the summer holidays a few weeks ago, and boy were we ready for them! Little Troll has complete 18months in his School Nursery and will be going into Reception class this September. That means full time school, lunches at school, red jumpers!! This is a little bit scary. I don’t know how he suddenly became a 4 and a half year old child and no longer a baby or toddler. So that’s one bit of news. He will love it I’m sure, I will find it very strange for a little while I think.

     

    During this summer holiday Little Troll has had his birthday party. For those of you who don’t know, Little Troll’s official birthday is at the end of December, so instead of him missing out on the usual Birthday things he gets a party and proper gives about 6 months after the day. (He does get a little cake and a few token gifts on his actual birthday, but by then he is usually over whelmed by opening gifts from us, my in-laws and my family.) So he had a party at a local soft play area, and it was lovely. There were about 17 children total and for the most part it went nice and smoothly. My parents came down for the party and the following day Little Troll and I travelled back up to Yorkshire with them to spend two weeks with my Northern family and friends.

     

    In that time I met my new niece who is about 11-12 weeks old, ¬†who is stunning and lovely. We went to afternoon tea at the White Heart pub in Penistone, (don’t make fun of the name of the town ūüėČ )which was super posh and lovely! I have honestly never been served nicer soup in my life, and their eton mess was delicious. Plus they had lights in the floor and super tall backed chairs which were lovely and entertaining! I suspect that one of my fave parts of this trip was discovering that they have Prosecco on draft.

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    That was a lovely afternoon out. Very filling and very fun, and to top it off we went through a place called…..

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     Cheese Bottom.

    That makes me laugh far too much.
     

    We also got to see my “Cousin” and her son, and the boys played nicely in the paddling pool for a good amount of time before coming inside to annoy us and amuse us in almost equal measure.¬†

    We spent a lovely few hours at Clumber park, where Little Troll managed to get his legs covered in deep scratches from bramles within 5 minutes of us setting off on our adventures into the woods. This was followed by a nice picnic and then lots of games involving plastic fishing nets.  Little Troll enjoyed making himself into a Dalek by putting a net onto his head. We also played boule and a version of bat and ball which did not end well for me, as I seem to only be able to hit the ball behind me.  I think the following photo shows that Little Troll had a great time. IMG_7217

    I also went to a craft class which I’ll post about in more depth on my crafty page, but it was a good lot of fun. I’m sure we did more things while we were up there but, I can’t think of them at the moment, other than one teeny tiny thing.

    We went to the wedding of two of our closest friends. The now Mr and Mrs P has a beautiful wedding, and a cracking reception. We put Little Troll in a suit and a bow-tie which he loved and didn’t want to take off. My lovely friend T looked stunning, and her hubby and son looked utterly handsome (as did Big Troll.) We had a very long, very lovely day and were so pleased to have been invited. I have never cried at a wedding before, not even my own, but this one felt so lovely and nice that I was utterly moved. If they get married again I want to be there ūüėČ

    Now we’re back in Welsh Wales, with our lovely Puss-cat Pixel. I am tired and happy after a lovely time ‘Oop North.’ I hope you have had a good couple of weeks. And hopefully I shall post again on one of my pages soon. I do intend to try to post on them once a week if I can. My intentions are good even if I don’t manage to do it.

    Take care all!


  3. Wriggle Mk2!

    August 15, 2014 by rachy

    As I have just put on my crafty page, I have decided to get rid of my rachygetscrafty site and combine it with my munki one. I think having two sites was ambitious to start with but because I’m very lazy it was never going to end well. So now instead of having the sites being stand alone they are one with a bit of slash action!¬†

    So I shall be using my normal flyinpinkmunki.co.uk for every day type things, including the goings on in the Troll house, gaming, Slimming world stuff, and all the other stuff that flows freely from my poor little mind.

    flyinpinkmunki.co.uk/grubsup for a nice easy place to keep track of recipes, and to share them too of course. And finally

    flyinpinkmunki.co.uk/crafty¬†for all things crafty. My promarkering, Zentagles, Button gubbins, anything that I can make or do that isn’t food will be going here.¬†

    ¬†You’ll now find links at the top of the website to the other areas next to “About.”


  4. Pies, pies and pies! (And bread)

    March 13, 2013 by rachy

    A while since my last post, though this isn’t the first one I’ve written. I have done several and not quite finished any so not published them. So that makes me only semi-rubbish.

    I don’t really have anything super interesting to report at the moment.

    Little Troll seems to be enjoying nursery and is coming on nicely, though it seems he doesn’t like to listen or do as he’s told, but then again what 3 year old/boy/child does?

    I’ve got some new toys on their way to my house at the mo! My birthday pressy from my parents and hubby troll, a Big Shot Die Cutter, I am VERY excited about it.

    Today I am going to show off some of my baking/cooking goodies. I seem to be getting rather good with pastry!

    This is my Gammon, Chicken and Leek pie. Made with smoked gammon, and it was utterly mouthgasmish.



    Brief recipe:

    Chop up a couple of gammon steaks and a couple of chicken breasts,

    Soften leeks and onion in a pan.

    Get a bowl put diced meat, leeks and onions plus some sausage meat and an egg.

    Season then stir it all together.

    Make up basic pastry (200g flour, 110g butter, splash of water, X2) then put it in the fridge to cool.

    When cooled roll out, line a greased tin with the pastry, fill with meaty goodness and put a pastry top on it.

    Pinch it to seal the top and give it an egg brush. Needs about 2hours cooking on about 180c degrees.

    Two lots of bread I made yesterday, just basic white bread recipe (500g strong flour, 300ml water, 2tblsp oil 7g yeast) and chopped into balls and put in a pie tin to cook instead of a bread tin. Rather satisfying, looks nice and makes good tear and share bread

    This is the same recipe as above but cooked in a bundt tin, looks nice but breaks easily because it doesn’t have the middle bit to hold it together. I intend to do this recipe again very soon but use slightly less oil and add crispy bacon bits into the dough. See how that works out!

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    The first picture here is my first attempt at Bara Brith. The outside was a little harder than I would have liked but it tasted amazing. The second picture is my most recent attempt and it was glorious. Moist, rich and not too hard on the outside, though the brown sugar in the mix give it a nice toffee-ish-ness to the outside.



    This is a link to the recipe I use,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bara_brith_33441

    However you might like to add some nuts or different dried fruits, I suspect this would taste good with dried blueberries and cranberries. The fact that you have to soak the fruit in tea just sells this to me everytime!

    The other things I’ve made today are a Corned beef Pie and a Giant Chicken and Veg Pot Pie. Both have turned out quite well. Really pleased with the pastry, nice and crisp and just the right amount of crumble to it when you bite into it.

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    This is similar to the recipe I used for the Corned Beef pie, http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/corned_beef_and_onion_91401 though I used Hendersons/Worchester Sauce instead of ketchup and a squirt of tomato puree.

     The Chicken pie is literally just:

    Onion, celery, carrot diced and fried till soft.Fry diced chicken breast till cooked then mix together, crumble a stock cube (veg or chicken) and pour a little boiling water on then mix, season and tip into a baking dish and put a pastry top on. Milk or egg wash then bake till golden, 30-45mins tops.

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    So that’s some of my recent cooking adventures. Am still loosing weight, more slowly now but that suits me fine. For St David’s day the kids dressed up for newpaper photos and Little Troll was in it, he is of course the only child not looking at the camera…. well done Little Troll.

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    Looking forward to visiting my parents and some friends in a few weeks up in Yorkshire. Had an appointment to discuss my next arm operation, which they have said will be 6 months, which as you can imagine I’m thrilled about! However the doctor did say he would put me down as Urgent, so it may be sooner, who knows?

     

    That’s me done for the night, nothing more to report at the mo.

    Take care all.

    xox


  5. Newness and changes.

    January 9, 2013 by rachy

    Happy New Year!

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    I hope you all had a good festive period and that Santa brought you everything you wanted or deserved!

    I have been a bit rubbish these last few months. It’s not that ¬†I didn’t/don’t want to Blog. It’s that I’m far too skitty for my own good, I get distracted very easily and then just don’t think to do it. So this post will be a bit of a catch up I think.

    So in the last few months there have been a few changes in my life, some big, some small, some bad, some good and some that have gone without much notice at all.

    I don’t really know where to start, I am terrible at remembering dates so can’t really put them in any order. I’ll start with some of the bigger ones first I s’pose.

    So Little Troll started going to playschool in October, that was a big change for me and him. He was going 3 mornings a week. It was a rocky start, there were lots of tears (mostly his) but in the end he loved it there and was very happy. Then they broke up for the Christmas holiday, which just happen to coincide with when he would be finishing there any way.

    Then there was Christmas, which we spent in Yorkshire this year and was lovely! Nice and relaxed and good fun! Saw lots of family and had a smashing time. Little Troll got spoilt. Goes without saying really I suppose, but he had a Christmas before we went to Yorkshire with my In-laws, then real Christmas day, then his birthday and then we came home and had 2 more present opening days. It was madness and our tiny house is bursting. Big Troll and myself also got spoilt. We were given some lovely gifts this year and some that really meant a lot to us, so thank you very much again to all who gave us things, we really appreciate them!

    We were lucky enough to see our Hull friends this Christmas too, which made us all so happy! Little Troll got to run around with his big *cousin* and I got to see my dear friends! That was marvellous!

    Next would be Little Troll’s third birthday. THIRD! 3! How did that happen! I swear the little bugger only just climbed out of me in his little smoking jacket and bubble pipe ensemble! (That’s a much nicer way of thinking of his birth which was a bit rotten!) So we had a Tea party at my Mama’s house with one of Little Troll’s cousins and aunts etc which was lovely.

    Turning three meant another thing though. He is officially School Nursery age. It doesn’t make sense! One minute he was a baby and the next he was a little person! Who’da thunk it?! So all togged up and ready to go was he on Tuesday morning, ¬†Big Troll, Little Troll and myself walked to the school where he had, had a smashing “Taster Session” all rather jolly. He played in the play ground, he tried to race with 3 boys who were double his size and age (and could potentially have won had it not been for the wrist strap attaching little troll to big!) and then the time came to go into his nursery. Thinking how fer *firsts* his daddy really gets I thought it would be a good idea to let him do the de-coating, kiss and bye-bye sending him off on his merry way into his new classroom. I should not think, I should have got it in my skull by now that thinking is not my strong point (tea and bacon are my strong points!) This was a big mistake, luckily we had waited until there was only one child left to take him in, this little one was having parting issues too. Big Troll said bye to daddy and pointed him in the right direction and our came the tears and upset. So in the end it was a case of poor Big Troll escaping outside, me hanging his things up and then making a dash for it while the teacher (when LT leaves nursery we will pay for her medical bills!!) wrestled him and got him inside. Later she would tell us that as soon as he was inside, as I suspected he was fine.

    Today was day 2 of nursery. Today he stood in the play ground happily with me, he played with me. When the time came to go in, he took his coat off, took his water bottle and wandered into the classroom without a second glance. Poor mama troll didn’t even get a kiss! However I did get to come home, catch up on house work and relax for a bit with a cuppa!

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    Tonight we’re off to see The Hobbit with Dok and Big Troll. Am really looking forward to this! I think the last thing we went to see was the Avengers. Little Troll is being packed off to his Nanny’s house and we shall have a couple of hours without him but together! Mad crazy talk eh?

    Nothing much more to report at the moment. Am about to go and sort out my wayward son who is refusing to have a nap and is singing a version of Baa Baa Black Sheep with Dinosaurs and robots in.

    Take care and thanks for reading!


  6. Sparkly, Snazzy Wonderpops!

    August 31, 2012 by rachy

    Hello and welcome to my new blog.

    It’s almost September, which means it’s almost my birthday. And this year as with all other Big Troll and I struggle to come up with something I wanted for a pressy. After thinking long and hard, which was very difficult and took lots of tea! I decided I would like two new websites. One (this one) which will be devoted to my ramblings and general stuff and the other (which I will link when I’ve sorted it out) devoted to the crafts and stories and general other gubbins I enjoy.

     

    I’m still working out how and what I’m doing on here at the moment but hopefully some one will enjoy reading what I put as much as I enjoy writing it. I’ll be transferring all the old posts off my old blog on to here to keep things all together. And I’ve added a Gallery to annoy you all with lots of pics that I no doubt find funny.

    I think it’s only fitting that since this is my first post on this site I start it off with some style and flare. Therefore I’m going to link you to the song that is most stuck in my head at the moment!

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    Take care all and have a nice day.


  7. Coming Soon!

    August 30, 2012 by rachy

    Suspense! Mystery! Dramatic deep breaths! 

    *disclaimer: We do not guarantee any of the above!*


  8. Early rises and sanity demises!

    August 3, 2012 by rachy

    Random Tea pic to start the day off right!
     
     
    My adorable little Mini Troll woke me up this morning at about 5:30. It wasn’t the first time he woke us up today for he had a restless night, which is quite unusual for him- he has slept through the night more or less since birth. So this morning he woke up, his daddy turned his light on en route to the loo and the first words out of Mini Troll’s mouth were “Stories?” Last thing he said to me last night? “Stories?” The child is hooked on books! Which makes me happy, we’re a family of readers so that suits us well. So while I’m lying in bed and Big Troll is getting ready to leave for work, Mini Troll is reading a ‘Meg and Mog’ book to us. It was very good! After a few minutes I go into him and he jumps up at me, and off to the change mat we go. Soon as the little beasty is down on there he is wriggling and giggling like a maniac! He thinks everything is funny this morning, he has the energy of a hundred hyperactive otters! Just as I’m putting his trousers on him he lets out a mighty trump and looks up innocently and asks me “What was that?” You have to give him his dues, a lesser person would not have got away with it! And off we go to the living room where I point out that he is up far too early because the cartoons are not even up yet, I feel this is a good way to judge time! If there are no cartoons in the morning it is too early, if there are no cartoons in the evening it is too late. Logics! I’s got em!
     
    As I mentioned in my last post, I am off wandering today up to my in laws, where Mini Troll will get spoilt and where he will no doubt destroy everything in sight! He loves going up there, he can run around hiding and destroying all new things! Plus there are rabbits and cats for him to love (and eat their food!) I am hoping today will go by quickly and that the weekend will go by slowly, but I’m sure it will be the other way round! Usually I don’t mind early starts on Fridays as we have playgroup to wear him out and I stand at least a slim chance of him napping. But sadly today is not one of those days and no doubt by 10am I will be flagging!
     
    We have no plans this weekend other than sending Daddy Troll up into the loft to sort out the water tank, then if he’s a good boy I might make him stay up there while I pass things up to him! What a lucky boy he is! Muhahahaha! Maybe when he goes up there he will find a treasure chest full of money or something? I doubt it, but we live in hope eh? I just pray that this time Big Troll manages to stay inside the loft and not come through the ceiling!
     
     
     
    Well that’s my early morning ramble over with! Have a good Friday and enjoy your weekend! I am off to clean cereal off the living room floor and make more tea!

  9. Adventures in….

    July 25, 2012 by rachy





    Tomorrow we are off on adventures! There will be all sorts of exotic and fascinating things happening!


    First we are going to dare brave the depths of town! There will be cheese and wax buying! (Not to be confused with tasty tasty Edam!) 

    Then!!! There shall be walking! Oh for the walking! I am sure that by the time we get back from this part of our adventure we shall feel somewhat like Frodo and Sam did at the end of their journey, just with more babies/toddlers and less lava. And hopefully it will have a less touchy feely ending!

    There will be unheard of and freakish animals too! Well…. ducks! We’re going to try to fend them off with bread, I have heard this can work, but it can also make them come after you even more! It’s a risk we’re willing to take to re-claim the lake/pond!¬†

    There will be a pool of the murkiest deepest scariest variety, where the tots shall wrestle it out and see who is the champion. I believe they call them ‘Paddling Pools’ in the professional tot wrestling leagues.¬†

    And of course at the end of it there will be a meal fit for champions (and their offspring!) We will celebrate our adventures with cheese and home made biscuits and jam!  Or something. 

    As I said, adventure! Not to be taken on too lightly! Some of us may not make it, and if that’s the case I’m having their cake! Bod I hope there’s cake! (and that it’s not a lie!!)¬†

    IF I manage to make it through the ordeal we shall have a second celebration at home with cottage pie! This will be a day to remember, a day to look back on! The day we can be proud of in years to come! The day we conquered Cwmtillery Lakes!!! 

    *On a side note! I am really looking forward to tomorrow, taking all 4 tots up to the lake to feed the ducks and then coming back to Red’s house to play in the paddling pool and have a picnic. I just hope the weather holds for it. Though I don’t want it too hot because a) Weasel is rather pregnant and doesn’t need to be exhausted by the heat as well as our Mordor style walk and b) walking up the hills/mountains/deserts/wastelands is hard work on a cool day, on a hot day with prams etc its blooming hard! It’ll be nice to see the tots playing in the pool together and hopefully no one will try to drown each other and no one will damage anyone else!¬†

  10. Trolls, Tots and Tantrums!

    July 25, 2012 by rachy

    A taste of paradise.

    I appear to be a terrible blogger! Granted I never set out to be a regular posting member of the interwebs. But I think I have reached new heights in rubbishdom! I haven’t even really got a good excuse! I just seem to have gathered a bit of a life in the last year! Which is good and bad all at once!


    Let’s see if we can round up a few things interesting or otherwise that have happened in the past months.
    Erm… My Mini Troll is 2 and a half now, coming along nicely though gave us a scare when he lost his hearing briefly. Perfectly good now though and is happily destroying the house/people/the world as he goes along, usually leaving sticky finger prints and a trail of some food like substance.

    Husband Troll and I have celebrated our *counts on fingers* third wedding anniversary, which we did in style! Well in style for us! We went on our first family holiday, which also happened to be the first time Man Troll or I had been on a plane for about a decade. We had a lovely meal out just the two of us while my parents watched Mini Troll for us. Now this may sound mean, how could we go on holiday and leave mini at home!? Well we didn’t! We met my parents over in Menorca and spent a fantastic week in the most glorious of villas with them. Less than 200 yards from the pool and our own floor for me and the two Trolls plus two balconies attached to our room and a sun deck on the roof too. It was bliss, and made me realise just how much I want to make holidays a more regular thing for us! Mini Troll loved the sea and the pool and all things foreign! And Big Troll and I got some much needed rest from day to day stuff.

    We found out that the problem I’d been having with both my hands wasn’t Carpel Tunnel but was¬†in fact¬†nerve damage in both arms. So after some jolly fun tests (electric shocks in lots of places through both arms done by Dr Pain who was married to Dr Brain, I kid you not!) I got to see a specialist who was lovely and got me on the waiting list for an operation. Which I had at the end of March. Having a 2 year old and only one arm is interesting! Big Troll was very good looking after me and Little Troll, but he had to go back to work, and since my recovery wasn’t as straight forward as we were told it would be my daddy dear and my lovely sister came down to Wales to fetch me and take me back to the family home in Yorkshire so that they could help take care of Mini Troll. After a few days Big Troll joined us and we had a lovely time with my family.

    My left arm is now a lot better, my hand is near perfect! All the problems that I had with it before are 90% gone and 10% barely there. The scar and arm are another story. The scar is sensitive but they warned me it would be but they didn’t warn me that parts of my arm would be totally numb and have odd sensations in it. So that’s taking a bit of getting used to. They have offered me the same operation for my right arm, which I will have, but not until Ben is a little older.

    What else? Hmm… Holiday, Anniversary, Wonky arm. Games! I’ve recently gone back to playing City of again. I didn’t technically have a break, more that I just didn’t go on because I was preoccupied but so much real life bunf. But now I’m back playing it, and although it’s sad to see my¬†favourite¬†server looking a bit more ghost town-ish it’s good to be back. Catching up with old friends on there has been lovely! You forget just how nice some people can be!

    I started going to a regular play group on a Friday morning with some of my local friends, and am now¬†devastated¬†because the last one was last week and there won’t be another till 7th September! A whole summer without toast and space for Beasty to destroy things more freely (and not in my house!)

    When Little Troll was about 1 a friend of mine introduced me to one of her friends, we shall call her ‘Red’, who had a 6 month old little girl who I think we shall refer to as princess (though she’s not called that, her parents gave her a smashing name!) We have become good friends and see each other often, regular Tuesday mornings in the pub (purely¬†bacon and tea!) as well as play group and other times. Which has helped Little Troll come out of his shell nicely. Not that he was really in his shell, in fact he’s so energetic and noisy and destructive and lovely and chatty that he really didn’t need any help there. ¬†But socialising has got so much better with him.
    Also when Little Troll was about 6 months old I met a pregnant lady called…. hmmm I think I shall call her Dotty, who has become a wonderful friend! She had a little boy (G) who Little Troll adored… until G was able to walk and then it was all out war! She is also not from Wales.
    So that made 2 new friends and 2 new tots! And just to add a bit more¬†excitement¬†Dotty introduced another lady with her little one, She shall be Weasel and he shall be J. Who again aren’t from down here.
    So now there are 4 of us and 4 tots. We’re generally like witches¬†cackling¬†over a cauldron full of tea.
    It’s been so nice getting to know them all and to feel like part of a group.

    We recently had a local tv station come to do interviews at play group, as we’re the first community garden in South Wales or Gwent. And I made the final cut. This is my big break! I’m going to be a star!! Ok maybe not, but it’s nice of them to do it! The video is going to be out at the end of the month and will be the site’s 100th video.

    We have started playing lots of games recently. Big Troll has been given several for birthday, xmas and father’s day. So recently we’ve played Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Zombie Dice and Settler of Catan. All have been a great¬†success¬†and so thoroughly enjoyable! I look forward to playing more of them soon! Once we got the rules understood the games weren’t half as daunting as they could have been!

    We have also had some sad news recently. My lovely Man Troll lost his Granddad about 10 days ago, and we have the funeral this Friday. My thoughts are very much with all my in-law family. I remember when my Grandma died during my pregnancy, it was so sad and so heart breaking. I just hope I can be there for my Hubby Troll and his family like they were for me.

    We’ve got some friends coming to stay this weekend which will be lovely, not seen them in a while so very much looking forward to seeing them! And we’ve just started making plans to go to see my family for my birthday in Yorkshire, and this year it’s Xmas in Yorkshire too! So a couple of things to look forward to!

    I’ve recently been looking at a few career ideas which look promising. But that will be for another post when I know more about it.

    Ooo! I picked up a new hobby earlier this year. On a visit to see my parents for a few days my mother showed me her Pro-Markers, it was love at first sight! I intend to put a few pictures of things I’ve been working on. And it’s re-kindled my love for making my own cards. To the point where Dotty and I intend to do a craft show later in the year if we can get enough products together and if I’m good enough! And on another¬†visit¬†‘oop north’ my niece and nephew came to stay at the same time, so Mini Troll was able to meet his cousins for the first time. I wish he had known them sooner! But I am very glad that he knows them now!

    What else is there I can ramble on about?
    Something else that happened this week that makes me sad, my rapid boil kettle is going in the bin ūüôĀ This is super big bad news for me! The switch to make it boil broke off! Now this may not seem big to you, but I’m from Yorkshire! I don’t have blood in my veins, I have Tea!!

    There will, hopefully, be another post soon! But for now it is Mini Troll’s bedtime and cup of tea time for me (we have a¬†pulley¬†system set up to boil water which is all very intricate and complicated ūüėČ )
    Have a good evening all!