School Days – fair awards and star of the week

making up stories for homework

We’ve only had one week back at school since half term, but it’s felt like we’ve been back forever. I think we got the better deal for the weather compared with those off this week, but now it’s getting lighter in the mornings and evenings. Soon Spring will be here. Here’s this week’s School Days. Fair awards and star of the week N is just like me – fair and just. Everything should follow the rules and reward the people… Continue Reading “School Days – fair awards and star of the week”

My Sunday Photo – me time

My Sunday Photo - coffee bloging break

Since our work moved to flexi-time and allowed those on compressed hours to take flexi as well, I’ve managed to scrape at least a half day off each month.  A day’s nice, but not regularly achievable when there’s been school holidays and my annual leave off.  But half a day works out quite nicely giving me a bit of me time. I do feel a little strange when flexi leave falls outside school holidays. It’s strange going off for the… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – me time”

Project 365 2017 week 8 – driving and tango

6yo backing in and reversing the quad bike into the garage

This week I wasn’t really feeling the photos for my Project 365.  The weather was mostly rubbish – I’m so pleased our half term was last week and not this week), and we didn’t really do much. Now the mornings and evenings are lighter, I’m hoping I’ll feel  a bit more inspired over the next  couple of weeks. On Sunday I watched N reverse his quad bike into the garage.  I couldn’t believe how much control he had given he’s… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 8 – driving and tango”

Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens

making friends at Stowe Gardens - Bubbablue and me

It always seems like an effort to get out for a walk at home. It’s a lot easier if I have to get out and go for a purposeful trip out.  Mary from Over 40 and a mum to one and I had arranged to meet up with our boys at Stowe Gardens.  Luckily the day was dry and mild although foggy.  So the usual reflective lake wasn’t showing its true beauty. Monkey and N have only met fleetingly once… Continue Reading “Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens”

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?”