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Thursday, 26 March 2015

What I want from politicians

I doubt it has escaped your knowledge that this year there is a general election. Indeed, two of my fellow PPE graduates from 2014 are standing for election this year, and I wish them all the best.

I have voted since I was 18. When I was nine, I used to write to Prime Ministers. I love politics. It was the subject I enjoyed the most at university. At the moment though, it's fair to say that I feel completely disillusioned with politicians. Not politics. The actual politics which goes on I enjoy, but I have lost my faith in politicians. I am in a minority because I actually am a member of a political party. This doesn't help much though. The constant requests for donations is pretty soul destroying and, in all honesty, put me off donating money (not that I currently have any to give away).

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

What has made me happy - week 125

Sorry for the break over the past two weeks. We have had a lot of illness in the house and we have all been laid low for a while. My blog took a bit of a back seat, as it should on such occasions. I have still been making sure I see the good in everything and make the most of the day (even if that means staying in bed until I feel better). I won't try and catch up on the last few weeks, but will start afresh with this week. 

Without further ado, here is what has made me happy this week:

Spring butterflyFeather with water droplets

Sunday, 22 March 2015

22.03.15 Silent Sunday

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Getting gunged by my children for Comic Relief

 I am sure it hasn't escaped your notice that tomorrow is Red Nose Day and the UK will be doing it's best to raise money for Comic Relief by doing silly things or, "making their face funny for money". Persil very kindly sent us a kit for my children to make gunge and tip it over my head to make my face funny! Obviously my children didn't need much persuasion to chuck a bucket of cold gunge over my head. In fact, they thought it was hilarious (just listen to my daughter's giggle in the video).

Getting gunged by my kids

Sunday, 8 March 2015

08.03.15 Silent Sunday

dinosaur birthday cake


Friday, 6 March 2015

An Interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

This week I was asked if I would like to interview Sir Ranulph Finnes, explorer, writer and adventurer. I jumped at the chance, especially when I learned that it was to promote his latest challenge, running Marathon des Sables where he is aiming to raise £2.5 million for Marie Curie. This is a charity which helped us as a family hugely last year when my grandma was dying from cancer, the Marie Curie specialist nurse was absolutely incredible. She gave us her time, effort and nothing was too much trouble. There was help with anything we wanted and advice. When grandma died, the follow-up care for us was also amazing.

Sir Ranulph never met his father or his grandfather. His father died in action during the second world war. He, along with his father, were Sir Ranulph's childhood heroes, and hugely influenced his views on what he would like to be when he grew up. He wanted to be Commander of the Royal Scots Greys, just like his father. He served for the Royal Scot Greys regiment, but sadly realised that if he did not have the qualifications to become a commander. When questioned, Sir Ranulph said that he regrets not having gained A-levels which would have enabled him to fulfil his childhood dream of following in his father's footsteps.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dear beautiful boy...

Dear beautiful boy...

This week you turn six. On Monday I drove past the hospital you were born in and thought about your appearance into the world. I spent my labour watching Dr Who on my ipod (ipads weren't around much then)! Six seems very old. I love watching you grow and change.

You have an amazing sense of justice. Last year you went to the cinema with Daddy to watch the Muppets, but you left because you couldn't cope with the fact that an evil frog was pretending to be Kermit. I love that you have such a sense of right and wrong!

boy climbing wall

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

TalkTalk Netflix Review

When we moved to my Grandma's back in July, one of the bonuses of living here was that there is a hand-me-down smart TV which had Netflix on it. It was still signed in to my cousin's account (the one who had given my grandma the TV), so initially we watched a couple of episodes of Orange is the New Black and The Good Wife, to see what Netflix had to offer.

Needless to say, it wasn't long before we signed up for our own Netflix account and we soon discovered Breaking Bad. That was the beginning of our addiction (to Netflix, not crystal meth). We whizzed through all the series and when it finished we started on House of Cards. I absolutely love House of Cards and it has made me laugh, cry and physically jump. At the moment we're in the middle of the second series and it's fabulous!

TalkTalk Netflix

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Week 124 - what has made me happy

It has been a good week. My daughter celebrated her fourth birthday and has announced that she is now "grown up". It was the first year that she has really appreciated her birthday and it was lovely to see. This week sees my son turn six, and they will be having a joint birthday party this weekend. I am not sure how it will go as there will be a lot of children, ranging from two to eight! We'll see what the weekend brings. My mum has been up since Thursday and it has been lovely to see her. The children are enjoying being dropped off and picked up by someone other than me and my husband too!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Cold football pitchYorkshire Dales sunshine

Monday, 2 March 2015

February month in a minute

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last month and I look forward to seeing your February videos!

February has been a good month. Definitely a lot more positive than January. We have kept busy and enjoyed half term. My daughter has had a go at riding a bike for the first time. It has been so nice to have a month without having to write essays. Every year at university I have had at least three essays due at this time of year, so it has always been rather stressful before,

The B&B has had a steady trickle of visitors and we are enjoying the calm because we are fully booked every weekend from May to July which will be very busy! It's nice to still welcome guests in the quieter months though.

I am starting to prepare for March, which holds both children's birthdays. This year they are having a joint party, which could be incredibly messy! I am looking forward to it though as we haven't ever done a joint party before.

Without further ado, here is my February video.