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It ain’t over til it’s over

We are still all twinkling lights and Christmas pudding here. We tend not to take down the decorations until Twelfth Night. It’s no great tradition, more of another example of our family’s last-minutemess.

We pulled a few tail-end Christmas crackers last night too, and a sorry excuse for a mini spinning top fell out. It wouldn’t be Christmas without one of these.




Cloud Sleeping

I am a woman of few words today, as I have been heartily rubbish in my work on my essay, and so must push on.  But I did manage to take this snap when I got home, after a day of emergency first aid training, with my fabulous friend (and now colleague – woohoo!) Barbara of JoBart.

I wish I was cloud sleeping.

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It’s about time

Our friends, L and M have, for a long time, been suggesting we join them in visiting the south coastal town of Eastbourne. They insisted that the sea was a colour not matched anywhere else; that the beach had the most interesting pebbles and stones; that the Towner gallery was a treat; and the experience of eating at the Holiday Inn Fish Bar – well, there were no words for that, you just had to do it.

We hadn’t been putting it off, but there never seemed the right time, what with all the usual family commitments and the inability of all members of my lovely family to actually all be out of bed and ready to leave at an early enough time to make it worthwhile.

But somehow, today, we did it.

The sea was a magnificent colour.

The pebbles were intriguing.

The Towner gallery was inspiring.

The Holiday Inn Fish Bar was certainly an experience (tinned peaches and cream anyone?) and it offered a suitably satisfying, reasonably priced lunch. The photo of Jenny’s banana split is kindly supplied by Hubby.

All in all, a lovely day.

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It’s been a chaotic week, and I left it quite late to put any thought into Halloween – it’s not something that is particularly special to me. But the kids wanted to go trick or treating and I just about pulled it together to go out with my girls and Rosie’s special friend along our road.

I lit some tea-lights to get into the mood, and found they made delightful shadows through the patterns of the glass dishes.

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Little Flowers

I feel like I’ve known bsouth for much longer than I actually have, and I’m really glad of the circumstances that brought us together.

Today we met over cup of tea and a lemon slice. I got to cuddle both the girl and the boy, although the girl didn’t stay long on my lap, because she wanted to be nearer Mummy and the boy.

Dear Reader, I can assure you they are even more delightful in real life than they appear in blogland.


The boy was very accommodating with posing for pictures.


I under-estimated the light for these shots of the girl, but I think the blur adds something to these images.