Monday, 27 January 2014

Life Lately...

After a jam-packed second part of 2013 Sion and myself promised each other that we wouldn't get so busy in 2014. As he works a shift pattern of 4 days on, 4 days off we only have a few weekends every 6 weeks where we can do things together.

So far in January we've had birthday celebrations and family visiting for the weekend. My brother and his family stayed this weekend and despite the monsoon type weather we braved a walk along Portsmouth Esplanade to the Sealife Centre. My niece loves animals and as her Daddy has an aquarium I thought she would love looking at all the fishes...turns out not so much! She didn't like the sharks and the rays really freaked her out so we escaped pretty sharpish to the nearby Gunwharf Quays for medicinal pizza and apple juice!

We've managed to squeeze in finding a new house to move to and have found the perfect cottage type home a short walk from where we are currently living. The paperwork is still going through, but hopefully we will get the final agreement in the next few days. The next few weeks will be spent measuring up and ordering furniture. Ikea is my new friend, although the Southampton branch seems to be in the midst of a catalogue shortage so I'm limited to lunchtime internet browsing!

This weekend sees us ramping up our social activities, we're off to Cardiff on Saturday to watch Wales play in the Six Nations rugby tournament. I'm sure one or two pints of Guinness will be consumed before we head back home again on Sunday afternoon.

Looking further towards Easter we've got two more Wales games to watch live, lunch at Tom Kerridge's pub restaurant The Hand & Flowers, a trip to Northampton, glamping in Glastonbury and a weekend break in a stately hotel in Coventry!

Oh and life is about to get a whole lot busier too...

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hit by the spring clean bug...

After years of making the same virtuous resolutions, only to spectacularly break them days later (not drinking for 3 months or going to the gym 5 days a week anyone?) I now choose not to make New Year Resolutions. I still eat healthily once the decorations have been put away and even if I don't actually make it through the gym doors my kit is placed firmly in the boot of the car, just in case.
Something strange though seems to be happening to me...
While there's no denying that Spring is far from 'round the corner I think I may have been infected with the Spring Clean bug.
On Saturday I'm going to finally get round to painting the wall in the bathroom. We changed tiles and flooring back in July, but the painting bits got stored away once the glorious heat wave started. As well as the bathroom I'm pretty sure the hallway is going to be cleared, de-cluttered and painted too.
There's now a pile of clothes to be vac-packed ready for warmer weather or smaller waists.
The small dressing table that has been laden down with creams and potions is crying out to be thinned out and sorted through.
Our filing system, otherwise known as under the coffee table, is going to be sorted, binned, framed or filed.
The freezer is being emptied, beef stew for dinner tonight (or possibly sausage casserole, I couldn't quite tell) ready for the health menu that I've researched, costed and planned.
It's as if my body has been taken over by one of those life coaches...or possibly Kirstie Allsopp!!

Monday, 6 January 2014

It's oh so quiet....

Happy New Year everyone, I hope your Christmas was filled with love happiness and just one or two presents!

My apologies for my radio silence this last month or so...our lives have taken an unexpected twist and while we are healthy and happy I can't give you the details just yet as we still have things to do. It's hard writing a blog with such gaps in your life and so I've taken the easy option out and just not written anything!!

We did have a lovely few days staying at Coombe Mill near Bodmin, in between Christmas and New Year. The niece and nephew loved pulling on their wet weather gear to splash around in muddy puddles and we managed to have a day or two to ourselves exploring the local coastline of North Cornwall. We didn't quite make it down to my home town, but my family very generously drove to us for a present swopping, buffet lunch!

And now it's back into the usual routine of work and ignoring the gym bag sitting forlornly by the door. I'm not ready to cancel my gym membership just yet, but equally so I have no motivation to join in with all the other folk who have overindulged over the festive time. For now I make do with dodging the heavy showers to take a walk at the weekend or in my lunch hour, but we all know that isn't really enough!