• Time, methinks, for a little review of the year.

    2011 has been great in many ways. I have spent time with old friends and made new friends. I have been to Wembley for the first (and second) time. I have seen my beloved Manchester City go from strength to strength, bring home the FA cup and fire goals, seemingly as many as they want, past almost every team they have encountered and be sitting at the top of the Premiership as we go into the new year. There’s a long way to go to the end of the season but I’m certainly enjoying it so far. Memorable highlights were beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, beating Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and my first away match for years when we beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0.

    I have met up with lots of people I have talked to on Twitter and they have all been lovely, not encountered a single axe-murderer yet so I’ll carry on meeting them I think!

    My family continue to grow up and away and it’s lovely to see. My eldest daughter spent time this year as a nanny in Wales, Portugal and Sardinia before moving to Madrid to teach in a primary school there. My youngest daughter spent the summer living and working in Ibiza and my middle daughter got ill on her 6th, and possibly last, pilgrimage to Lourdes. My son also seems to have got the travel bug and went off to France on an exchange trip. I managed Anglesey and a few days in Ibiza and Dublin but I’m planning a couple of trips to Madrid very soon.

    My daughters seem settled into jobs or courses and my son is enjoying school, he also played Julius Caesar in a production in the summer and was excellent, his love of Shakespeare means he is getting very good at being killed!

    My course has been hard work but enjoyable and the end is now in sight and anyway how hard can a degree in Facebook and Twitter be?

    A good year but I can always hope for better so here’s to a great 2012 for me, my family, friends and all of you!

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  • Family, Reading 20.10.2011 4 Comments

    “If I could have ONE whole day to myself, I would…

    This blogging prompt from BritMums caught my imagination today as I actually have a day to myself. Well, not, strictly speaking, an entire day, but from 8.30 till 4 so not bad.

    The trouble with a day to myself is that I actually like spending time with my family! So an entire day with one or more of my daughters, my son or my husband would be a real treat but a day on my own, not so much. Today also happens to be my Birthday so really I would prefer to share it with the family! I have some college work to do but I’m going to leave that till tomorrow and have a day off.

    My husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday so you can probably guess how the day is going! Firstly, I got it charged up. Then I downloaded a book, just because I could. It was actually some short stories by Michael Connolly just to try out the download process. The first story has been read and I am now thinking about which full length book to buy. I could happily spend the rest of the day choosing and reading a book, accompanied by fresh coffee at intervals. In fact, that is exactly how I will spend the day and, as it is my birthday, I will even put the heating on, plump up the cushions and settle myself down on the sofa. Bliss!

    Later, I may do a little baking. Mmm… I can already smell the cake in the oven and the coffee brewing and my Kindle saving my place for me in a good book. The perfect day.

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  • gardening 24.02.2011 No Comments

    It’s time to think about getting some vegetables going for this year. My vegetable plot is very wet and weedy and will need some serious work this year.

    I’ve made a start by putting some Maris Piper seed potatoes into an egg box to chit. I’m going to grow them in potato bags as I’ve found this very successful in previous years. It’s especially good for my very wet and hard to dig plot.

    I have one chilli plant doing very well at the moment and plan to start a few more off very soon. They are easy to grow on a windowsill and you can pick the chillies green or leave them on the plant until they ripen to a lovely red. Delicious!

    I have lots of seeds ready to sow and am looking forward to having loads of fresh veggies this summer. My favourite is courgettes, they are so easy to grow in a grow bag and even 3 or 4 plants give a continual supply over several months. I’ll be growing tomatoes too and lots of salad to keep us going over summer. Carrots are another popular one here as they can be picked when they are small and sweet and delicious raw or left to get bigger for cooking. I will be looking out for one or two more unusual crops to try too so watch this space for updates!

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