Saturday, 29 May 2010


DS1, who BTW wants me to refer to him as Ninja Boy, has been asking to make some rice crispy cakes for a few days.  So I was a good Mummy thing morning and while DH was out I thought we'd have a very quicking cooking session.  If you can call melting some chocolate cooking.
They are of course delicious, well they're made of Green and Blacks dark chocolate so they ought to be.  The Gorgeous Girl and DH aren't too sure about them but the rest of us like them.  I also made some using the dark chocolate and cherry bar that came in NB's easter egg.  Very yummy indeed.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


A little later in the season than we normally aim for we managed to make it to Burbage Common last weekend to see the bluebells.  Most of them were going over, they must have been amazing when they first came out but we did find some still.
And the kids had fun wandering around the woods.
GG in the woods
Though Bean wouldn't pose with the other two for a pic.
GG and Ninja Boy

Late Anniversary Present

DH and I celebrated 10 years of marriage last year and this spring we have been given a late anniversary present.

We honeymooned in a beautiful hotel in Wales and in the grounds was a small wood with loads of horse chestnut trees so DH and I collected fallen chestnuts and took a bag of them home.  The next spring some of them sprouted so we potted a couple up and now have a horse chestnut tree of our own.  I sometimes worry a bit about it as I've never been too sure about leaving it in its pot but it seems to do well although it's obviously smaller than it would be if we'd planted it in the earth and till this spring it had never flowered.

This year however we have a flower, I waiting now to see if we get chestnuts......
First Flower

Monday, 24 May 2010

Life is a complicated thing

Just when I think things are settling down and we might get some plain sailing for a while chaos suddenly descends on us.

The Gorgeous Girl spent five days in hospital at the end of last month which wasn't anywhere in my planning! She woke in the early hours with tummy ache which didn't get any better over the day and by lunch time I knew in my heart that something was wrong so we sorted out a doctors appointment and off we went. By 6.00 pm sitters for the boys were in place and we were off to hospital. GG went down to surgery at 12:45, only a bit scary as they normally stop all surgery, bar serious emergencies, at 12.00.

We got her back, minus her appendix, at about 2.30.

We then spent 5 days in hospital, as it was a "nasty" (seriously that was the technical term they used) appendix and was leaking yucky stuff into her, so she could have a course of IV antibiotics.

GG ready for her first lot of IV antibiotics.
Ready for meds.

Back on the ward just after the op.
GG Post Op

GG on the hospital roof.
GG on the hospital roof

It was a very sobering experience being in the children's wards. It's very unpleasant hearing the tiny babies and little children crying and knowing that there is little anyone can do to explain to them what is happening. I felt blessed that GG, at 9, is old enough to understand what was going on, why she couldn't eat or drink and what was about to happen to her.

DH and I took turns to stay with her at night so it was lovely to get her home so that we could all be together again.

She's recovering well and is back at school now but still has another week before she's officially allowed to gradually start back on physical activity.