Monday, January 19

Slip sliding away?

Are you struggling to walk to school on wet or icy pavements whilst holding up 2 children, one on each arm?  If this sounds like you, I have a recommendation for you.  Antarctica boots.

Last winter, fed up with slipping around on slick wet/icy pavements I decided to try some snow boots from a local independent shop and I haven't looked back.  I've unpacked them again this winter and they're still going strong.  A good grip on wet or icy paths and the bon us that they work for snow days too.

I was wondering if they will last for a 3rd winter and started looking around for a new pair.  To my horror I couldn't find them and the girl in the original shop I had bought them in just looked at me blankly (that vacant Saturday shop girl expression!)  Then by chance I found a pair in John Lewis and discovered they have become a John Lewis own brand!  This pair are now mine.
 Buy John Lewis Artic Rainboot, Black Online at
These are similar to the style of the pair I originally bought (great for fitting any calf size.)
 Buy John Lewis Antartica 2 Snow Boots, Black Online at
They aren't listed as Antarctica but you can see the label in the pictures.  I shall be keeping an eye open for the sales and maybe adding a 3rd pair to my collection.  Maybe in a different colour to black.
 Buy John Lewis Alaska Ankle Boots Online at
Hopefully they will be popular at John Lewis and they will continue to stock them.  Then I will never have to worry about finding winter boots again!


Thursday, January 1

What will 2015 bring?

It's the start of another year and my thoughts turn to the future.  My personal hopes for 2015 are:

  • To complete my level 3 Diploma in Chrildren and Young Peoples Workforce (early years pathway if that's of interest to anyone!) It's been far more work than I ever anticipated in terms of the number of hours involved.  Perhaps it's best I hadn't known or maybe I wouldn't have taken the plunge and started it.
  • As I start to pack away the Christmas decorations this week I think about whether we will be putting them up here at the end of the year or in a new house.  Each year I have thought it will be a new house and each year it's not.  This year I plan to set myself smaller goals on the way to moving and then at least I should be able to see us moving forward.
  • To be creative.  In my spare time I would like to see myself being creative.  Time restraints have meant that I have had to let go of my position on the Blue Moon Beads design team.  The guilt that I wasn't making anything from one month to the next was just too much.  I am still completely downsizing my craft supplies and I will explain that in full in a later post (I know it caused a few comments when I anounced the cull on a previous post!)  For now my goal is to be creative for me, making things I want to make, when I want to make them.
  • To organise my photography.  The loss of the main computer has meant that I can't easily access my pictures.  Nothing is lost, I have discs and memory cards, but I have no where to easily access them right now.  I think an external harddrive is definitely on my 2015 plan.  I would like to plan photography time into each week.  I'm not sure yet what form that will take as one of my major projects took a hard knock at the end of the summer and I haven't fully recovered my enthusiasm yet.
Well that's it the four main aims of my 'spare' me time.  The rest of my time is of course filled to the brim with family life!

Wishing everyone a very happy start to the New Year.


Monday, December 22

Christmas cheer

Still here, still battling on.  Old computer still out of action, but getting more used to the  lap top now.  Haven't uploaded any photos yet, that's a must on the to do list.  Also need to look and see if it can cope with a hook up to the printer, but not sure if that will happen this side of the new year!

The days are zooming by and Christmas fast approaches.  The schools have broken up, we've had the church nativity (Small-n-Grubby was Joseph and Branston Pickle was a king) and now I'm on to the big tidy up before Christmas Eve.

Hope everyone's having a peaceful run up to Christmas.


Monday, December 8


December has come in with a whimper and then a bang as my computer went phut!  I'm reduced to using an old laptop that even the out-laws have rejected.  The cursor jumps from one line to another of its own free will and it sends e-mails whilst you're still typing them.

Press return and you could end up anywhere!  Quite exciting, and how about a change of font and size without the need for any user input.

That's better.  I think I'm reasonably organised as far as Christmas is concerned.  Apart from a few photos I'd planned to print off and frame.  I think the laptop might have a nervous breakdown if I attached a printer to it, but I might give it a go.

That's it I can't be bothered to type and correct any more.  Coursework is going to be a nightmare on this thing.  The keys are 4 inches from the front of the machine - who has wrists that long???


Saturday, November 29

No room, no room!

It's official there's no room in my life for the things that I would actually call my life!
All that time set aside to literally put the house in order was totally monopolised rescuing someone else from their own disaster.  Now December is looming and I just have a handful of days to myself in which to get anything done when there isn't half a dozen other people trying to get a piece of my time.

So, where to go from here?  Do I set aside all forms of creativity - crafting, decorating, photography - it seems the obvious thing to do, but then what is left of me?  Just a shell?  What do I do?


Monday, November 17

Reality Check

My home looks like it belongs to one of those hoarders they show on TV.  We've been turning out and doing the place up for a year now, progress is slow.  Watch out horrific pictures of disorganised living coming up. 

This is the craft area.  My course work is taking up more time than I anticipated, you can see it sitting on top of the debris.
The hall where we have been turning out the loft.
The unusable dining area.
The TV area where the boys have scatter bombed it with Lego.
The front door (currently jammed shut) with boxes for the dump stacked up in front of the heating system so we can't turn it on!
With the prospect of spending another Christmas here it just can't stay this way, so here's the plan.  I'm taking Friday through to Monday out (apart from some essential meetings) and planning to blitz it.  If the TV hoarders can clean up there act in 4 days then so can I!!!

Wish me luck?  After photos to follow next week.


Sunday, November 2

Post Holiday Blues

I'm back from a family week away with no internet connection.  It's been glorious weather in wonderful company.  Pictures and news to follow, plus I think a few changes are needed.