Wednesday, 16 February 2011

This Review is NOT sponsored by AMAZON!

Well I ordered two books from Amazon on Sunday just gone and they arrived today - WOW! quick service, I thought as it was Super Saver and I was expecting them later in the week. 

Excitement got to me - its funny how any parcel brings a sparkle to ones eyes.  However when I came to open them up one was incomplete - BOO! I said looking again and again through all the packaging just to see if I hadn't missed it! to no avail.

So it was onto the laptop and to search through to find the Customer Services phone number, as I like to do voice to voice complaints, followed up by emails as I find this way more productive. 

Well the customer services part of the web page was excellent and although I had to select a number of choices in regards to my situation, when I pressed the button for them to call me my phone instantly rang and another amazing WOW! departed my lips.

I can say at this moment in time the problem has been solved a replacement book with CD are on their way to me as I now write this, but I'm thinking to myself, do I really now need that book & CD [believe it or not its the Instant Confidence by Paul McKenna!]

Monday, 14 February 2011

Sunday, 13 February 2011

7 lines for 7 days

Life goes on and whenever I visit different places,
It’s always nice to come home.
Lots of things whizzing around my head,
Decisions to be taken, plans to be made,
Life to live and new friends have been found,
Long lost friends to visit, family to love.
How I love to relive and feel alive once again.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Poppydog cake


I know I have just posted but I just remembered one of my comments this week being from mymumdom who asked what recipe I was planning to do for Poppydog's Birthday - she will be 5 on Valentines day! 

It was a recipe that a good friend gave to me, so here goes my first recipe post

Birthday Cake for Poppydog

6oz SR wholemeal flour
2oz Demerara sugar
2 tablespoons dried skimmed milk [although I use fresh milk]
2 small eggs beaten
5 tablespoons cold water
2 overflowing tablespoons liquid honey
4 overflowing tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
Doggy Chocs or treats, Birthday candles and holders to decorate.

1.    Pre-heat oven to 180oC / 350oF / Gas Mark 4.
2.    Grease two 7” round cake tins
3.    Put all ingredients except honey, cheese and doggy chocs/treats into a bowl and fold together. 
4.    Divide mixture into the two cake tins.
5.    Bake in middle of over for about 20mins. Allow to cool
6.    Mix honey and 3 tablespoons of cheese together and spread the mixture on the cake
7.    Place the other cake on top and frost with remaining cheese
8.    Decorate the cake with doggy chocs, treats and candles.


9.    Send invites to all your dog’s friends for a birthday feast!

My name is on the WALL!

I will start this post by also asking if you want to hop over to my other post at 7yummymummies where I have just updated an eventful week with my darling children don't forget to come back.

This week in the Village it’s been fairly busy – I joined our Village Oil Consortium, dropped my photos off for the exhibition, visited the exhibition as well as entertaining a long lost friend of Husbands.

Two weeks ago Husband got an email from one of those websites which reunite you and a long lost school friend made contact with him, there was a flurry of emails back and forth and as the friend was working fairly near by a meal and room was offered with the opportunity to ‘catch up’.  All seemed to go well as I managed to get the kids to bed and Dinner was served a homemade lasagne, green salad, a good bottle of wine and a nice warm pudding.  All was going well and conversation was around what where they had both been up to – [I did feel like I should have gone out for the evening or would that have been bad manners – no I was glad to stay] But the elephant in the room was finally asked – so what brings you to look us up?  The answer came back, “well, there’s not many names I remember from my past and when I do I think those must be the important ones”  so at 11pm I left them to carry on their catch up and think lights went out around 1am.

At the end of the week I asked husband if he had heard from friend and said no – we now have more questions – are we bad hosts? Do we not warrant a thank you? Should we expect a thank you? Will we see him again? – the answer to these questions do not really matter, what matters is that we were able to offer a room, food, and conversation.  If he did not like what he found then maybe we will not see him for another 25 years well we will continue to be a happy family who will help any friend who is in need.

I was quite pleased with myself with joining the Village Oil Consortium as I just happened to ring the organiser on the day of an order being placed how timely was that? The price was good too all though I seethe every time I either fill the Oil tank or the put diesel in the car.

I eventually found the address of where to drop my photos off for their first exhibition after about 15mins of driving up and down a dodgy road at the side of a canal.

My parents arrived Friday for a day at THE EXHIBITION!!!!! For the first time We all managed to pile into Husbands 4x4 which was surprisingly comfortable for the 6 of us even though part of our route was over some very bumpy country roads.

When we arrived at the Exhibition we were all very surprised by the fantastic venue, I was somehow thinking it was just a church hall, but what confronted me was a majestic building with a mixture of different architectural styles from Medieval to Victorian via the Georgian era.  Ayscoughfee Hall, in Spalding was a fantastic place to let the kids explore inside and out and it was FREE admission.  When I entered The Geest Gallery where my pictures were being shown, I felt like a school girl excited and in awe seeing my name on the wall next to my pictures. – I think I have got the bug!