Make the smoothest easy chocolate mousse

Make the smoothest chocolate mousse - Bubbablue and me

I love chocolate puddings. Ok I just love chocolate.  But chocolate puddings can be pretty good. I always used to think that making chocolate desserts was going to be complicated (and expensive).  Some are complex and take ages.  And some can be really expensive if you’re using a lot of chocolate. Especially if you opt for decent quality chocolate.  I’m not a chocolate snob (I used to work for Cadbury so I’ll happily scoff a lot of Dairy Milk), but… Continue Reading “Make the smoothest easy chocolate mousse”

Half term break at the Crown Manor House Hotel, Lyndhurst

Family hotel - the Crown Manor House hotel in Lyndhurst, lovely high street hotel in Lyndhurst, New Forest - Bubbablue and me

We rarely go abroad, but I do like to get away from home as much as possible.  That means short breaks during school holidays.  Most of our holidays are 4-5 days long, and most are just N and myself.  The OH just doesn’t do holidays (we’ve had one since N was born 6 year years ago), and if we stay at home when I’ve got time off, N always ends up wanting to go out and work on the farm. … Continue Reading “Half term break at the Crown Manor House Hotel, Lyndhurst”

Living Arrows 2017 week 8 – tousled

Living Arrows 2017 week 8 - portrait

I love this photo of N I’ve chosen for my Living Arrows shot this week.  I think it’s just quite intense, and despite being taken under the lights of the kitchen, the lighting worked out ok without bad shadows.  Mostly in the house, N moans about photos being taken. But if I specifically ask if I can take one, he will generally sit (fleetingly which means I have to get the camera set up ready in advance) still for a… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 8 – tousled”

Project 365 2017 week 7 – half term fun

snowdrops at Mottisfont

It’s onto week 7 of this year’s Project 365 and half term for us. N and I went away for a few days, so there were plentiful photos to choose from. I may have taken 600+ photos across my phone and camera. Oh and not forgetting my GoPro videos (and accidental photos on there!).  They’re all downloaded to my laptop, organised and sorted out, weeding out the rubbish shots, and now just to tag them as I edit for blog… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 7 – half term fun”

Blog stats – do you need them and which do you need?

Blog stats - the essentials to know - Bubbablue and me

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post about blog stats and whether you really needed to understand and follow them to be a successful blogger.  While I love numbers and stats, generally I think bloggers worry about them too much, especially new bloggers.  I suppose that’s easy for bloggers to say when they’re seen to be a big blogger (that’s not me), or have been blogging for a while (that IS me).  But I believe you can pick… Continue Reading “Blog stats – do you need them and which do you need?”

Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest

Eating out with children Lyndhurst New Forest - Bubbablue and me

I love eating out and going out and going on holiday in the UK. We usually do bed and breakfast which means eating out every night. Annoyingly, despite N being a good eater, I daren’t spend money on more adventurous cuisines in case he won’t eat them. He gripes about the indian and chinese foods at school, and his version of chicken fajitas excludes guacamole and sour cream so when we were away for a few days in the New… Continue Reading “Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest”

Friends – the rules for a 6 year old boy

The friendship rules of a 6 year old - Bubbablue and me

Boys are a law unto themselves.  N definitely knows his own mind and he’s gone through life so far, being easy going. So easy going about everything including friends. I find watching him develop and his friendships change really interesting. I so should have been an anthropologist watching people!  He’s always got on well with people.  Probably because he’s pretty even tempered, adapts pretty well and is usually happy to be led. I despaired in the past, because I worried… Continue Reading “Friends – the rules for a 6 year old boy”

Living Arrows 2017 week 7 – blowing bubbles

N has always struggled with blowing bubbles from old fashioned bubbles tubes.  This contraption was in his stocking from Father Christmas. All it needs is a wipe of the bubble solution on the end where there are lots of little holes. It creates tonnes of small bubbles in a non stop stream.  N loves it, me less so.  Yes he can blow lots of bubbles, but those damn little bubbles aren’t ones that pop. They’re a funny glue-y bubble that… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 7 – blowing bubbles”

School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings

reading books the two bears

Wow, we’re into half term already.  I know many of you aren’t yet, so the #SchoolDays linky will be open for a couple of weeks to capture everyone’s ends of term.  Hopefully those who’re off this week have some nice things planned. This last week of term whizzed by and I think N was surprised by it as well. VIP again Yes, N was VIP again. I think it might have been due to good focused work, but N wasn’t… Continue Reading “School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings”