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  1. 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!

  2. Best intentions

    March 7, 2015 by rachy

    I intended to write a new post the other day, but wanted to do it while watching the telly in the living room. So I went to get my laptop out of my bedroom, and it wasn’t there. I spent the next two weeks looking every where I could think of and some random places suggested by Welshtroll and LT (No LT it wasn’t in the litter tray or toilet.) I was at giving up point when it was discovered… in my bedroom. /le sigh.

    However it was doomed, it had obviously been bashed badly at some point over the last couple of months, I suspect LT trod on it on one of his many 6am visits to my room. I know, my own fault for having it on the floor near the bed, but I thought it would be safe. Even after charging it wouldn’t live. So rather sadly it’s been laid to rest. And I am a very lucky girl because Welshtroll has bought me a snazzy Chromebook. It’s lovely, it’s quiet, fast and has all the right buttons! I have the biggest urge to make a filthy joke there, but I shall resist… for now!

    So this is a nice snazzy thing! It’s very easy to use, well so far it is, but I’ve only checked google, facebook and my blog since getting it. I haven’t tried adding anything yet either, it looks a bit daunting, so I’m pretending that I won’t need to at all. 

    Today has been a quite relaxing day, Welshtroll went for his driving lessons this morning and we booked his theory test. LT and I watched some Doctor Who and then he took over my PC and I have barely seen him since. WT & LT are still hours later sitting playing varying games on the PC’s. I’ve watched a film and now I’m sitting watching Dinnerladies. I will never stop finding this funny, the number of times we quote it is ridiculous! I’ve got a cottage pie going into the oven shortly and a hot cup of tea next to me. All is good in the Troll house!

    I shall hopefully get to writing the two posts I had been planning pre-laptopmageddon. Until then, have a nice day and thanks for reading! And! A big thank you to my lovely Troll for my pressy!

     *Update* Welshtroll has since done and passed his Theory test and is building up to doing his Practical test.

  3. 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.)


    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!


    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*

  4. Catching up.

    October 17, 2014 by rachy

    Hello folks.

    This is a bit of a catch up post I think. Went to Slimming World last night, it was our Christmas Party. Yep, in October. But it was to celebrate the publication of a book, and a deal where you can buy a huge chunk of sessions and get some free and some other things. It was also a “taster” session. Where everyone takes something in, be it bought or made. Healthy or low Syn food. Last night was wonderful. We had soups, curries, quiches, pies, Turkish delight (wonderful! I shall be trying that one soon!) lots of puddings (A rather lovely lemon one that I could have happily had private time with!) Lots and lots of variety, there were cheeses, and healthy crisps, and crackers and sooo many yummy things. My contributions were Slow Cooked shredded Chicken, which I shall write the recipe up for on when I’ve finished here. I also took Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup, and a SW recipe of Luxury Chocolate Log. All went down rather well, and as a group we were rather like vultures. It was a nice night, they really are a good bunch of ladies, and are very supportive of each other. I was saying to my friend H who I go to SW with, pre-SW, if I was to go to a place that had a buffet, I would do one walk up, fill my plate with a decent but not giant portion and that would be it. Purely for fear of being seen as “that fat woman’s going back for more” or anything else judgemental. And it is true, people do judge, make jokes etc and its flaming hurtful, even if we make a joke of it when it’s over heard or if we act like it doesn’t matter. It does. Last night was a revelation, I think everyone went back to the table 2 or 3 times, I certainly did. And it wasn’t being greedy either, people took small amounts of everything they wanted to try, everyone was fed then people went up and got more, again in small portions. There was no judgement at all about people going back and forth. It was just nice, and makes for a nice atmosphere and a very fun evening. (I still find it surprising that A) SW has been a rather easy transition and B) I enjoy going to the group so much.) 

    So for my weigh in last night I had lost 3.5lb, which is great, it would be a little better if over the last month I hadn’t been a bit up and down in my weight loss. However, I feel I’m back on track now and hopefully by Christmas I will have lost another stone and be in a smaller size of clothes. We had to fill in a little wish thing last night, and being in smaller clothes was mine, so I’m hoping that putting it on here doesn’t cancel the wish out! 

    Little Troll (LT) has had a few ups and downs this last few weeks, I quip that I don’t think he will ever manage a full week in school, then the school call me and tell me he’s poorly and will I please go and fetch him. I really should know not to jinx myself! So he currently has a virus, a temp, rash, sickness etc. Nothing too dramatic, but enough to be a bit of a worry and to make him be snuggled up under a blanket with tea and cartoons. I got two phone-calls from school last Friday, firstly LT had been hit in the head with a piece of Lego and it had cut his head, and then a few minutes later another to say that at lunch time he had trapped his fingers in a door. Eeee (Yorkshire style, not an excited noise.) That poor lad! He really does take after his parents, poor little bugger! We have school photos coming up on the 23rd of this month, I just pray that he gets rid of the rash and cut and has nothing else to show on his face for that week, then he can do as he likes lol.

    I’m trying to think of anything else that I might have to say, but after a rather unsettled night my brain feels a bit like mush. Oh! We finally caught up watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Was really good and looking forward to it coming back hopefully sooner rather than later, I also hope Penny Dreadful comes back soon I really enjoyed that one.

    We have of course got the dreaded C coming up. For which I have bought our train tickets and got things for just about all the children in the family and friends and just have the adults pressies to get. It’s always so expensive even with good deals.  We shall be off to the Panto at the end of this month to watch Pinocchio with LT, H and her little boy which should be fun. And then for Halloween we’re going to H’s house, the boys will dress up and give out sweets at the door, we shall have yummy food, which of course will be mostly SW friendly, though I do intend to take a bottle of wine with me. And the boys will have lots of activities to do that I’m planning including my all time fave of apple bobbing I hope. I intend to make the food spooking and have found some Mocktails that I can make for the boys (and us) that are spooky, though I need to get some syringes for those hehe.

    Right that’s about all I can think of. Take care all. Oh and go check out my Grub’s Up page, I shall add a couple more recipes now. If you’ve got any recipes you want me to try and to write up after then please feel free to give me a shout, since most of my readers are on my twitter or fb you can easily message me there but for anyone who doesn’t have me there email the recipe to

    Take care all.

  5. World o slim!

    August 22, 2014 by rachy

    For a while now I have been going to slimming world as some of you may know. I have rather enjoyed it, it’s as not difficult as I thought it would be. They explained the in’s and outs of it, the do’s and don’t’s and none of it seemed to be too scary. It took a couple of weeks to get the hang on things but it was going well from the start. In that first week I lost 6lb, which is great, it would have got me slimmer of the week, but because they sort of expect you to loose quite a chunk in the first week they leave it until the second week to put you in for that sort of thing, which makes sense. My next loss was good too, 4.5lb so very pleased that within 3 weeks of joining I had lost 10.5lb. The next I had another 2lb off and the following week I didn’t loose anything but I did maintain my weight. So in my first month I managed a 12.5lb loss and was lucky enough to get slimmer of the month. I felt and still feel rather proud of that. 

    It makes such a massive difference going to a group and sitting and talking about things, doing this with other people who are in situations similar to mine. I have done various diets before and although they’ve worked they never did much after the first month and there certainly wasn’t the support there with them for real life stuff. Being able to talk to folk online is all well and good but sometimes a real world connection is needed. The people in my group are very nice, in various stages of their weight loss goals and are so supportive of each other, it’s lovely.  In fact it’s nothing like I imagined it to be. I thought it would be daunting and people would judge you. I thought they would announce your weight at each weigh in, I thought everyone would see the dreaded numbers come up, I thought there would be a shaming type thing going on. I couldn’t have been more wrong honestly! You go in, you hand your card over and it logs you at the meeting, you pay your money over, then you go and get weighed. (And of course you come to group in light clothes and take your shoes off. I make sure that I’ve been to the loo for a 2 before group, TMI I know BUT I stick by my theory that it works!!) Once you’ve weighed, you put your piece of fruit in the bowl that is awarded to slimmer of the week at the end of the session. Then you have a sit and a natter with the people there, you look at the snacks, books, magazines and recipes that are there. The lady running the group (she’s bouncy and lovely) goes around the group and talks about how we’ve done, though she doesn’t say “Oh! You’ve put on 3lb this week!” or anything like that. She tells us how much the person has lost that week, we clap, or how much total loss is and we clap, how hard people have tried etc. We clap a lot, at first I didn’t really feel comfy with it if I’m honest. It felt silly to me, but it’s not, not at all. I understand now, you praise and celebrate all the good points, and you encourage people to keep going and keep trying. It doesn’t matter if someone has gained or had a bad week, you move on and keep going. We discuss what we could have done better, what our downfalls are and of course we don’t focus on the negative totally, we talk about what things we can use to make things easier, what we like to make or eat. The group helps each other, suggests things and supports themselves so well. (Though often conversations go off on a good tangent, which usually lead to giggles all round.) It’s a nice feeling being there. I am so glad I joined. (Another good reason to go is you get stickers and certificates! How awesome is that? As an adult where can you get STICKERS as a reward?! If I had been told years ago that I got stickers and free tea if I went to SW I would have been off down there to sign up in a flash!)

    I went up to Yorkshire for 2 weeks, so I had a week off of group (though kept eating healthily, and then would arrive home in time to go to the following group. The second week of my stay was not quite as healthy as the first. But you know what? I had treat, and they felt like treats. The difference between eating junk and crap all the time and having it now and then really is that it feels like a treat and it becomes so much more enjoyable. My Thurs night dinner has become Steak, Syn-free chips, veg and I have a bottle of fruit cider throughout the evening. Then my dessert that night is a Galaxy Ripple bar. My god it feels and tastes like heaven. I don’t use many of my 15 daily Syn points. I don’t want to, so this is just world stoppingly good! I came back to weigh in expecting to have either maintained my weight (at best!) or to have gained. And after a lovely week and treaty food that would have been fine, I would have moved on and started again. However I was pleased and shocked to find I had lost 1lb. That may not be much but it was more than I thought would happen. 

    Well last night was my SW weigh in night, and I wanted to loose 1/2lb which would have taken me up to a stone lost. This would have given me my second certificate to stick up on the fridge. And more stickers for the back of my book. I have had quite a good week. One thing I have discovered that works better for me is to not snack. I have breakfast, lunch and dinner. All healthy, all good size portions. I haven’t felt hungry in-between my meals at all so far. In fact the only time I have got peckish when it wasn’t a meal time is on nights where I stay up until 2am. At which point I just go to bed rather than having snacks just before sleep. So I’ve been sticking to my plan this week, it’s the first week I haven’t written a food diary and I thought that I would have lost my 1/2lb. I also said that if I didn’t I would be chopping off a limb! So in we go, hand our card over. (I don’t pay at the moment as I bought 6 weeks for the price of 5.) Then it’s shoes off, deep breaths and on the scales. 

    Last night I swear to you, you could have knocked me over with a (weighty) feather! I thought the scales were broken or something. I looked at the ladies gadget and thought “nah that’s not right” What I was seeing didn’t make sense. I had found it more difficult to loose my last 1.5lb toward my stone than any of the rest of it. So this was very confusing. The lady looks at me, the lady behind me in the line looks at me. I am totally confused. I had lost a whopping 8.5lb since last Thursday nights weigh-in. How is that possible? I don’t know, but it was! That’s a total loss of 1 stone 8lb. Off I go to sit down and wait for our group natter. In which I’m not only presented with my 1 stone certificate but my 1.5 stone certificate too. I felt super embarrassed and a tad proud too. It felt nice to know that doing this was making a difference to me and that other people thought I was doing well too. At the end of the group I was then presented with a Slimmer of the Week certificate and the bowl of fruit that comes as your prize. I came home to tell Big Troll who was pleased with me and for me, and Little Troll who had been allowed a late night playing on his games on my computer while I was out said that he was “Very proud of me for winning the mummy competition and he wouldn’t ever sell me.” I think you can all appreciate the weight that took off my mind, which of us don’t worry that our children wont sell us eh?

    So yes! That is me feeling a little smug and a lot happy, as well as being rather hopeful that I can continue to loose weight in a nice healthy way- even if in a smaller weekly number!


    Take care all! xox

  6. 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.)


    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

    So that was a fun day out!

  7. 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.



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


     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!

  8. 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 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. for a nice easy place to keep track of recipes, and to share them too of course. And finally 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.”

  9. 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,

    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, 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.


  10. Newness and changes.

    January 9, 2013 by rachy

    Happy New Year!


    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!

    Little Troll Uniform

    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!