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  1. 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!! 

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    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. 

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    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!

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    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.) 

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    *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.


  2. 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! http://ed.ted.com/

    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!


  3. Experience and Adventure.

    April 12, 2015 by rachy

    Recently Little Troll (LT) has had some good behaviour. He was lovely at home and he improved at school. We made a deal with him, if he could keep up the good behaviour he could have a treat. That treat would have been a trip to Cardiff to get clothes for his most recently animal from Build a Bear. When his behaviour got even better Welshtroll asked me if we might take LT to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. So we told LT there would be a surprise bigger than his birthday and bigger than Christmas combined. We didn’t tell him what or where.So the Saturday morning came, and we were up bright(ish) and early, on our way to Cardiff. We got dropped off not far from the place and started to walk over. LT then spotted the Dr Who sign and a Tardis, “Mummy! Daddy! You’ve brought me to a Dr Who shop!” As far as he knew that’s where we were going and that was awesome. In we went and LT spotted lots of things, “mummy a weeping angel and a ice warrior!” Then a Dalek, then a Dalek made of Lego, then River’s book and lots and lots of other things. That was just in the reception where we were lining up to go in the experience. They take our tickets, give us a gem to put round our neck (which encodes our DNA of course) to keep us safe and then we’re off inside. Now I can’t tell you what happened in there. I don’t want to spoil the fun for folk who haven’t been yet. Needless to say two things happened that stuck in LT’s mind. 1) We saved the universe and 2) Dr Who called us stupid. Honestly, all the things going on around us and all LT can say is grumpy Dr Who called us stupid. Funny little thing that he is.

    So after the experience is over we go into the museum part, we go in the tardis and have our photo taken. (Naturally LT chose the destruction of Gallifrey as our background.) There were some awesome things in there! Tonnes of costumes, models, tutorials on how to walk like a Cyberman or a Scarecrow. LT went inside a Dalek and controlled its gubbins. It was just a blooming good few hours, then of course we ended it by going in the gift shop. That was dangerous!! But we got some good stuff and then we went on a bendy bus back to the city centre, much to LT’s delight.

    After that we went to Yo Sushi. That was good fun, blooming expensive but good fun. We sat at the bar, we all had lots of sushi and came away happy. So of course we’ve eaten and had drinks so we went to the loo, not extrodinary I accept but!! St David’s centre in Cardiff has family toilets, 2 toilets and a sink in one cubicle. Great idea, we were all sorted then off we went. Welshtroll to the Lego store and us to the Disney store. Then I realise we haven’t got LT’s rucksack which holds his tablet! Run to Lego shop, Welshtroll doesn’t have it, run what felt like miles to the toilets and thankfully we’ve been very lucky. His bag is still behind the door where LT put it. *pant pant* Honestly it was such a relief but my goodness didn’t need that! The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, we went to Build A Bear where LT chose a rainbow rabbit, with a star wars theme in its hand and a leopard print onesie. She is called Star Luck, and at 5am is not cute and lovely.

     

    So that was that, I shall put pics up, it was a lovely, busy, tiring day and I would do it again in an instant!

     

    Thanks for reading!


  4. How do!

    February 20, 2015 by rachy

    Ey up!

    So it’s Feb 2015. It’s been a nice year so far in many ways, none of them very exciting. Am still happily going to SW. Christmas was interesting and I struggled to get the Xmas weight off so I started SW again and cleared all my history off and started again. It feels like it took the pressure off a bit. 

    This week is half term holiday from school. Which I was really looking forward to, LT hadn’t been off school in ages. Oh, hang on that’s not right! The week before this holiday he was in Monday, off Tuesday and Wednesday and back in Thursday, then they had a teacher training day on Friday. Ahhh one day he will manage a full week/month/term at school. Poor thing had Conjuntivitis this time. It was not fun for him or infact for us. Have you ever tried to get a very head strong 5 year old to wash their hands constantly and to not touch their eyes? Thank heavens for the Hulk shaped soap dispenser! However he is back to normal and has been bouncing away as usual for most of the week. (Though not right now, thankfully he is in bed right now. *content sigh*) 

    My parents came down on Sunday and we went to a local Carvery for dinner. Which could have been better quality. In fact it was quite a shame, we’ve eaten there a few times and never been disapointed. This time it was Valentines weekend and there was some sort of sport on, so we suspect they weren’t as fully booked as usual and the quality of veggies reflected that. The meat was scrummy though! After food we all trotted over to Tesco for some goodies and then hiked home to relax and watch a film. Mum had knitted a teddy for LT, he had called her recently and said something on the lines of “Grandma? If I am really well behaved with Mummy in Cardiff can you knit me a teddy please?” And Grandma said yes. So of course LT reels off the instructions for what he wants out of this teddy. “Can it be rainbow please? If not rainbow, yellow and if it can’t be yellow can it be bright green? and if it can’t be bright green can it be dark green?” (this was repeated for a few colours.) Well she did it. And it came to live with us this weekend. As soon as he got up on Monday morning it was demanded that the teddy got dressed. Because of course a naked bear simply isn’t on! So LT decided that this new bear needed to wear the Else Frozen dress he had bought at Christmas for his new Build a Bear animal. And here he/she is! I think you will all agree that is an awesome bear! (Thank you very much Mama! It’s been every where with him this week.)

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    Monday morning we went to the pub for breakfast to meet my parents, and lovely Welshtroll had the day booked off work so it was quite nice for us all to be together. After that we drove off to Cwmbran where we wandered round the shops for a while before heading into the worlds oddest cafe and confusing the staff with what should have been a very simple order. I think I can safely say that I shall never visit that place again, partly because I don’t think they would want us back and partly because the prices and food were not equal to each other. Though we did discover a new artist that we intend to buy some prints from. Though I can’t link you to the chap at the moment because we intend to buy one for a friend who has a bday soon and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. After our wander we headed to my parents hotel room to shove some stuff in there and then off to Blackwood to see the Shaun the Sheep movie which was super fun! After that we went out to the Otter for dinner and then home. Tuesday morning Welshtroll was back at work, LT and I met with my parents for breakfast and then they were off on their travels and then home. LT and I pottered about the house for a while and then it was off to his swimming lesson which he enjoyed, though I suspect he liked seeing his friends more than the lesson itself. 

    Wednesday went by in a blur, we popped out to get some of the new SW meals from iceland but I don’t think we did anything more exciting than that. Then Thursday dawned, we did LT’s homework, read some books, played games and then in the afternoon we went to our local theatre to see a magic show. It was only an hour long and it was good fun. They had some kids up on stage to help them and they gave them balloon animals as rewards and then had the gumption to have enough balloons for ALL the children in the audience. They were also selling magic sets which LT desp wanted and at £2 I didn’t have the heart to argue. So far he’s turned our cat into a Unicorn and an Owl with the magic wand and he’s made a friend better after she was poorly. (Though the magic takes 10 days to kick in for that one.) SW weigh in last night and then we move onto today which wasn’t overly exciting. The morning at home then off to my in laws for a couple of hours. An ice cream van drove by while we were there and we were treated to the biggest 99’s I have ever seen care of my FIL. Gosh that was lovely. I was mean and sent a picture of it to Welshtroll. I feel no remorse muahaha!

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    This weekend Welshtroll will be doing his driving lessons and I shall be sorting the school uniforms out but not a lot more. Though my sister has asked me to do a stag picture for her so I shall spend some time on that. I have decided to take part in the “Diva Challenge” this week, which my mother often does. You can find the picture over at my crafty page. I can’t think of much more to say at the moment. 

    Thanks for reading and have a nice evening! *Slurps tea*


  5. 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 😉 ) 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. 😉 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!


  6. 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 😉 )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 😉

    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!


  7. 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


  8. 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!


  9. Oh what a week!

    August 19, 2012 by rachy



    Down in Troll Valley we’ve had an eventful old week! 

    Monday saw me going swimming with Red and our respective off spring. The tots loved the pool and would have happily stayed there a lot longer I’m sure! However as with all things, water time ended and off we went to get changed.
    Before getting into the pool I dropped my trousers into a puddle, so it only seemed right that when we were collecting our things to get dressed afterwards that I drop Little Troll’s trousers in the same one. Then whilst standing stock still in the cubicle, Little Troll slips falling flat on his back, he has a talent for the oddest and least expected accidents! So he hits his head on the floor with a decent clunk and is inconsolable for at least three minutes until I give him my towel, some juice and a snack. Leaving me with a baby towel to get dried with, I don’t think I thought that through if I’m honest. However he happily sat sniffing, sipping and scoffing while I get dressed as quickly as possible, then sort him out and off we go.

     I had this amazing idea that if I didn’t take his pushchair with us he would get super tired out and have a nap in the afternoon when we finally got home. Oh what a fool I am! Simple logic does not work with my son. He wasn’t tired one bit, in fact he was so awake that on the walk back home before heading to town (for we both needed fresh trousers) he wanted to stop and look at everything, twigs, bushes, rubbish, if it was on our way he stopped to look at or poke it. Following behind Red and Princess a fair distance away they head to their house and us to ours. En route home Little Troll falls over not once or twice which I feel would be acceptable for a toddler, but six times! Six times! How is that possible? It’s only a few minutes walk from Red’s house to ours and he manages to fall over that many times! And on fall number five he falls flat on a pile of dog poop, straight in the middle of his chest. He is a manky child at times with hidden talents in mess making! So instead of heading to town with the ladies, Little Troll and I head straight to the bathroom for an emergency bath cancelling all other plans. 

    Bare in mind this is only halfway through Monday, all this fun and it’s only about 2pm! So Little Troll and I sit down to some cheese sandwiches. That can’t possibly go wrong can it? Wrong! Little Troll decides in his infinite wisdom/childish curiosity that instead of eating said sandwich he should shove it up his nose! Not just a little bit, and not just a little way into his nose, but right the way back up to the back of the cavity. I remove all that I can, call the doctors who tell me they can’t help and that Little Troll and I have to go to hospital to have it removed. So off we go to the hospital, sit waiting for a couple of hours and when we’re seen he lays back and has the cheese and bread removed and we’re sent on our way. Wasn’t that exciting boys and girls? I know I found it utterly thrilling. It took several strong cups of tea to recover from that one!

    Tuesday on wards the week passes by without much more excitement. We see friends, we potter about, the usual. (Though Thursday night was spent in the company of Dotty and Red with chocolate fondue and Champagne, which was rather nice!) Saturday comes around and we’re off out to Big Troll’s work family do. They’ve got so many things set up for the adults and the children, the food is wonderful and the bar is free! Little Troll was in his element! He was running about like a loon! On the bouncy castle, in the disco area, on the bouncy assault course designed for much older children. He was super happy and was his usual ‘energetic’ self. Every now and then he would make a dash for it out of the main room the event was held in and would try and hide from us, each time we would catch him and bring him back. (Though at once point with much apologies to some people setting up for a dance or fashion show as he ran into their room and up onto their brand new cat walk. 

    It’s on one of these many escape attempts that he takes a stick used for spinning plates on, throws it out of the door way and laughs. I put him back in the room, turn and pick up the stick and put it back in the room to discover he’s gone. Big Troll hasn’t got him, he’s not in the room. He’s not in the bar room he threw the stick into. He isn’t there. I have never gone from one emotion to another so fast in my life. So Big Troll and I start looking for him, a couple of his work mates ask what’s wrong and as soon as I tell them they join in the hunt. The problem with being in a place with lots of luxury things is that they have snazzy gadgets and things, such as automatic escalators and automatic lifts. So as you approach them and they start going or the doors open. By this point we’ve all split up to look for him, I head down an escalator, so many awful things running through my head, into a giant, dark room, no sign of him, no reply when I shout him, nothing. I head back up the escalator as fast as I can, pop my head outside and start looking there, nothing again. Head back inside and start looking in there, when some one says they’ve seen him. Big Troll moves like the wind up the escalator to a lady who is walking Little Troll back toward us looking very mischievous and chuffed with himself if a little sheepish. He had gone up the escalator, into another party room then on to the lifts. One push of a button and he would have gone goodness knows where. It’s at that point we put his wrist strap on him and don’t let him out of our sight for a nano-second for the rest of the event. I am so thankful to the people who helped us look for him, the ladies who found him, and the free bar for making it all OK afterwards! How I didn’t sob when he was back with us is beyond me, because even thinking about it now makes me want to cry with all the “What ifs” in my mind. Any way! He was found and safe and wanting to play some more, it all having been a big game to him. 

    He doesn’t ever do things by halfs eh? Today is Sunday, a day where Little Troll has been bathed and fed, has played and read and driven us happily up the wall. A day where Big Troll has gamed and played with us, A day where I have made Casolet, Pavlova and Pancakes, as well as being a day where we went to my Troll-in-Laws and spent a few hours there with Little Troll running about making us all laugh and thoroughly enjoying himself. We have come home and eaten and put him to bed. How pleased am I that today has been uneventful? Very! Tonight Big Troll and I have watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes (the new one) and Murder by Death while he games (World of Tanks) and I have completed a few more cards. It has been thoroughly relaxing and I’m glad of it! 


    Who knows what drama and excitment this next week will bring? We intend to go swimming and to a birthday party this week, but that’s as big as our plans get. I have been posting this link on my facebook and twitter because I can’t help but find it funny. Worse still I find it funnier each time I see it. So I hope that you will enjoy it too.