Saturday, 2 December 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


I've always wanted to visit Ireland - home of the leprechaun, clover and Guinness.  So the weekend just gone, I took everyone with me and we flew out from Southend to Dublin!
 Ed Sheeran eat your heart out - Graffen Street!
 Hop on Hop off bus ride
 We didn't stop, but no tour would be complete without visiting the Guinness factory..
 Christchurch Cathedral
 Mr Simms sweet shop - even in Ireland!!
 Saturday evening, we went to Dublin Zoo for the Chinese inspired light show, it was just amazing!!

On Sunday, we hired a car and Lee drove us all up to Belfast to spend the day going around the Titanic Quarter.  I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!
I've had an interest in the Titanic for years and to go to where she was built was just fabby...
The exhibition was great, even the ride!

We then visited SS Nomadic - the only WhiteStar tender left that had been refurbished as a tourist attraction.
Cassandra and I even dressed up as 2nd class passengers...
I had to of course ensure that each of the beasties wouldn't have drowned (froze maybe, but not drowned).
 We then all sat down for tea - posh class of course
 One of the small funnels on the tender
 I got to steer the boat!!!

The best bit of the whole weekend had to be when Alex and I went to visit the dry dock that Titanic was actually built in...

It was just MASSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although not very wide..  I can't believe that we were actually standing where she was built.  The actual supports are still there.. I touched one, where her huge hull once sat...
To me, that was the highlight of our trip.

Oh, and spending time with the family (of course)!


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Least we forget..

For the first time in about 6 years I found myself on the other side of Remembrance in that my children were showing their respect and support for the fallen, whilst in uniform and I was not.  I felt quite sad about that, but I was at least still in attendance.

Lee and I split ourselves today, as there was no football match, he went with Nicholas to see Cassandra parade with 4th Rochford Cubs in Rochford and at their service at St Andrews.

Whilst my Mum and I went with Alexander to see him parade in the Royal British Legion's parade in Rayleigh as part of his scout group 1st Rayleigh.  The actual church service held at Holy Trinity was lovely, just what a remembrance service should be and I even got to sit next to the bugler!

Proud of both my beasties, especially as Alex got to be escort to the Flag Bearer (the other Alex)!

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them" 
Laurence Binyon


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Creative learning..

Cassandra's theme this term is Crazy Climates.  So for her creative homework this week we froze some water in different shapes and she made an Arctic scene complete with penguins and seals!
Hopefully she was awarded a Dojo for her work :)


Friday, 3 November 2017

One photo, 20 words...

Dam my boys are gorgeous!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


At Blenheim Primary school, they have ASPIRE values.  Each letter stands for a word to aspire too.  Achievement, Support, Perseverance, Independence, Respect, Enthusiasm.
This term, Support is key and the other week when I took Cassandra to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, she adopted a neglected horse called Spirit. She received a photo of Spirit, some info on him and what Hopefield do etc etc.
On Sunday, I took, Mum, Alex and Cassie to Hopefield for their Halloween event which was actually very good and despite his protests, Alex enjoyed himself too...Biscuit decorating, painting, raffles, tombolas and other craft made for a lovely afternoon.

Mum even made friends with the driver of the spooky bus...

So yesterday, first day back at school, Cassie took her photo and paperwork into school to tell everyone about her support of Spirit and Hopefield.

Love my compassionate girlie.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Success - at a cost...

Well being so poorly has its upside?  I lost 5.5 lb's last week and was awarded Slimmer of the Week at Group and I also received my 1 stone loss award!
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It's good, but think I would rather have not been that ill!


So proud of Alex the other week as he attended with a few other scouts from his group a weekend's caving experience down in Somerset.
I wasn't totally convinced he would like it, and I wasn't that surprised when he got home and said he was never doing it again, having got stuck and a been a little claustrophobic. 
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However, he was proud he got through it and now has another badge to be sewn onto his Scout shirt!
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Very well done young man!