Friday, 3 May 2013

Friday Round Up

cute cat at the country store - trying to prevent stretch marks - boys and their toys
morning brew - cultivating a little bump - gorgeous place to walk the dogs
yoghurt chops - new hair - jessie sunbathing

This Friday Round Up comes from a very positive place - I'm feeling a lot better, the sun is shining and there's a long weekend on the horizon! A four dayer for me because Tuesday is my late Mum's birthday and I'll be heading off to Lake Windermere with my family for our twice yearly memorial trip

Being back at work has been pretty tough, my inbox is still groaning and I'm so behind on so many things that I feel like I may never catch up. I'm trying not to care too much though as I've noticed that being stressed makes my morning sickness a whole lot worse and I really don't need any help with that 

I've been getting out with the dogs a lot more now I seem to have the sickness under control, driving Matt's new van which I love! It's a little Volkswagen Caddy (we're HUGE VW fans in this house) and it's brilliant, it drives just like the Golfs I used to have when we first met. It's great fun - now that I've got used to driving a manual again anyway, there were a few dicey moments at first when I'd be braking coming up to a junction and wondering what all the juddering was about! 

Our neighbour had a huge tree on our boundary cut down this week and with all the sticks dropping over the wall the dogs thought all their Christmases and birthdays had come at once! The remains of said sticks are now littering the whole of the garden so I suppose that's a job to do this weekend. They've had hours of fun with them though so I suppose the mess is worth it! The chickens are all in the bad books this week. Several of them have scaly leg mites, which means we've had to catch them and spray their legs a few times. Ever tried to catch a chicken? It's frustrating as hell but absolutely hilarious if you're watching someone else do it! Not only that but some of them have started breaking and eating their own eggs - a terrible habit which is really difficult to break. The general advice is to kill them as all other chickens that see them doing it will copy them. This has already started to happen so we're desperately trying to think of a way to stop them before it gets out of hand. A couple of eggs have been eaten every day this week and it's so annoying to see, it's a bit like cannibalism!

The new house is really coming along now - all the scaffolding is down, the drains are underway (hence the digger above) and the plasterers were back this week to do our bedroom, en suite and dressing room, the hall, downstairs loo and coving in the snug and on the landing. All that in just two days - they work like demons! I'm hoping that I'll feel up to doing some painting this weekend, I don't want to fall too far behind

Usually at this time of year we'd be gearing up to head to the Isle of Man for the TT races but Matt decided fairly early on that he was going to give it a miss this year in order to get the house finished. He came into the bedroom yesterday morning and announced that he'd almost had a little cry in the shower because he so wanted to go! 'Do it!' I ordered, 'Get on the internet and let's get it booked'. So he spent last night finding hotels and ferry crossings before announcing this morning that he'd changed his mind again because he wanted to get the house ready for the baby. And they say women are indecisive! Fingers crossed he'll change his mind again, I'd love to go

My aims for this weekend are to see my family, join the library, get out with the dogs, do some jobs at home and try to get round to the new house to catch up on some painting. I'll also be shopping for skincare - again - as my unbelievably dry face is really making me miserable. Nothing seems to help, I'm throwing everything I've got at it. I've already bought another new moisturiser and ordered a new cleanser, some oil and some Alpha H Liquid Gold - I know I said it was rubbish in my review but now I have a real skin problem I'm hoping it will be just what I need as manual exfoliation isn't really doing any good and can make my face sore. Basically, I'm desperate!

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend and manage to fit in some outdoor drinking and a barbecue or two - I know we will!


  1. Oh a lovely little bump! Congrats to you both! Glad to read that you are feeling a little better now. Take care!


    Vee x

  2. THERE IS A BABY IN YOU!! I find it so crazy.

    My chickens used to eat their eggs, it was a nightmare. All my mum could do was go out super early and take them from them as soon as possible. I don't know what else to suggest, they did get over it after a while, not sure why...

    I'm going home-home and can't freaking wait :) xxx

    1. I know - me too!!

      Ours seem to lay throughout the say, up to about 5pm, so I have to keep running out to grab any eggs as quickly as poss! I read your latest blog post, sounds like you had a lovely time at home-home xx

  3. new hair is looking good! I've joined the local library too....I just love visiting there to browse the books...have a lovely weekend xxx

  4. Ooh a bump, how exciting! Your dogs are the cutest!

    Leanne xx | Seeking Serendipity

  5. Oh look at that little bump! So cute! I'm mega jealous! ;) The chickens sound like such a lot of work! Fingers crossed Matt changes his mind again! Those boys, they just don't know how to switch off! Hope you're both feeling chirper this evening lovely, and that you have a lovely weeknd :)

    Rosie xx

  6. Look at that bump! I'm still so excited for you....I already feel like your the little #lbloggers Mum, so I know you'll be an amazing Mummy! x

  7. Your little bump is SO CUTE!! Love to you today, I hope you're having a happy time in Windermere. And so exciting about the new house coming on well- YOU ARE SUCH A GROWN UP!!! xx

    1. We had a lovely time :) I know, it creeps up on you! xx

  8. PS- imagine. Your mum's next birthday you'll be taking baba with you.... xx


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