Monthly Archives: October 2010

Brother’s visit


Last weekend, my brother came and stayed, which was just awesome!  He hadn’t been down for a good few months and so I made sure our weekend was busy from start to finish!

He arrived on Friday, and Luke was in his element to have Uncle Gavin to stay! Saturday we went and watched Luke play Little Kickers, although he never really did too well!  Did not realise at the time but he was in fact, and still is teething, all 4 very back teeth, so no wonder he was and is grouchy!  After LK we then went into town to look at Christmas present ideas and generally have a wonder round.

The afternoon saw us carve pumpkins, something we have never done and I really wanted to do this year for Luke!  Here are the results of our efforts :

My effort, not happy with it!

Gavin’s pumpkin!  Pretty awesome I thought!  Can certainly see the who has the artistic talent in the family!

Here are the final pumpkins!  After thinking my small middle one was pretty dyer, I decided to do a second, which I think turned out pretty well!

I was really happy with them all and I managed to keep them going for about 4 days and then in the bin they went!

Sunday, we went into Felixstowe to have breakfast at The Alex, which is always nice, even if the service is tremendously slow!

Luke waiting for his breakfast to arrive!

Gavin playing with my camera, taking some pictures of Luke!

Overall a great weekend, and I can’t wait to have him to stay again, and to be honest I think Luke may be more excited!


Perfect Diary?


As you must know by now I am a HUGE Filofax fan!  I use them for everything in my life, to store all types of information.

But when I came across this post :-

I just had to see what all the fuss was about!  Luckily the Quo Vardis site in the UK was selling off some 2010 diaries at a discounted price and so I nabbed one!

Red is not a colour I generally go with, I am more your pink and purples kinda girl, but I thought why not try it!  I have to say, LOVE IT!  Just look at this grain!

I am totally love it and the best bit is that in Nov I just order the refill’s!  Which I certainly will be doing!

Here is what the inside layout is like :

Being a girl that can’t have a half empty diary, I gathered all my diary layouts for 2010 and transferred all the details into the Trinote and then started using it for my daily / weekly things!  I will one of these days take a picture of a working week, so you can see, but it really is working so well for me!  So much so I am toying with the idea of getting the layout for an A5 Filofax, but the only thing that is stopping me is that the size of an A5 to carry around every day is so large, and the Trinote is thin, light and fits perfectly in my bag!  Any bag for that matter!

Would I recommend it?  Certainly!

Will I be ordering my 2011 refill?  Most definetly!

Will it stop me using my Filofax?  Not yet!

Domino Filofax’s


I have become a total worshiper of the Domino Filofax!  The versatility it gives me is just great!

As you would of read before I first had the Personal Domino in Grape as a Christmas present in 2009.  Is lovely and came with the Family pack, which soon got binned, as I just could not get on with it!  That Filofax is now a Recipe-o-Fax and gets used almost daily!

I then got the A5 Domino in Red and that has become my Craft-o-fax, which is working a treat for me as I can has SO much paper in it and it keeps it!!!!

Then I decided I really NEEDED the Pocket Domino in Lavendar, and so one just fell into my basket one day whilst online browsing!

Isn’t it lovely?

Look at the difference in thickness between the Domino and the Urban, I can’t believe it!  My Pocket Domino is packed, and is still looking thinner than the Urban, when that is half full, and it is so much lighter!

So how do I have it set up?  Well at the moment it is :

Diary – Wo2P – French version as it has appointment times!

To do – long term to do’s and blog entries I need to write!  Also has a list of the books I want to read and things I want to do in 1001 days!

Xmas 2010 – details of Xmas, ie, presents I need to get, cards I need to write, food I need to buy!  General plans, ideas, etc!

Wants – list of all the things I want!

Health – Meal Tracker for Slimming World along with all the details to do the Extra Easy plan!  Idea is to start it tomorrow!

Tab 6 – Details of the Post card crossing website I am a member of, and details of all the postcards I have sent, distances, photo numbers and date sent.

The address tabs have all my addresses of friends and family as well as other details I need to keep in alphabetical order.

The plastic wallet at the back is housing my stamps and airmail stickers!

I may have just found the perfect Filofax for me!  But that does not mean I am still not admiring the Malden or Finsbury!

I have always wanted a Mini Filofax to try, and managed to get a Mini Domino!  This will be short!  It is too small, to be of any diary use, and whilst it is lovely, it is now my notebook and nothing more!  But still, I love it!


Centre Parcs – Sherwood Forest


Ok, so this post is almost a month late, but hey ho, at least I am doing it!!!

Monday 27th September, Simon, Luke and I went to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest for a week.  I had been looking forward to the break for so long, as I really did need some time away!

The weather that week was not good and we probably only had 1 day when the sun shone, but actually it was fine!  It was not bad enough to not let us do anything, so we just carried on!  Being so child friendly, we were able to do most things with no problems of being wet!

Luke had a rather busy schedule while we were there as I wanted to make sure his days were similar to his normal week if he were home!  So he mainly had activities in the morning, followed by a rest and chilled afternoon then dinner out, and it seemed to work a treat!

Luke took part in :

Make a Memory

Children’s Entertainment

Teddy Bear Picnic


Tinies Tumble

and Fun with Play Dough

Us adults on the other hand had a treat to the spa!

Entrance into Centre Parcs!

Entrance lodge where we collected our keys and booking details!

Lounge at the lodge

Luke rolling out the cast for his Make a Memory!

Luke making sure he gets a huge cuddle from Ruppert the Bear!  He literally stalked him and would not let him out of his sight!

Kisses for Ruppert!

These trolleys are a great idea for the children!  Luke loved pushing it round and filling it up!  It literally was as he put it in I took it out!

Human ten pin bowling at the Children’s entertainment session!

Family picture

Enjoying a cooked breakfast!

The lake area where you could do a whole range of different boating activities, next door to the Pancake House!

Tractor Boy!

Luke tenpin bowling.  He really enjoyed it and even beat Mummy and Daddy on the first game!

Our lodge!

Overall it was a lovely break, but there are few things I think that Centre Parcs could do slightly better!  For instance, they know that they have children there, so why not invest in children’s cutlery and plates and dishes and cups?    The activities, need to be run on time, children can’t wait around for 15 / 20mins!!!

However I say that, but no doubt we will be back next year as Luke just had THE best time!