A Mothers Ramblings

Saturday, 27 August 2016

What We Are Eating This Week W/C 27th August 2016

Flyfour and I were joking a little bit last week about not having any money at the end of the month thanks to the Summer Holidays. It's not true because we were canny over the summer, although to start with I didn't realise exactly what was going on and thought that the only way we were able to get out of the money issue was that we needed to eat very frugally this week. Even after Flyfour had revealed his "joke" to me I was still stuck in the frugal mindset and so had created a meal plan for the week with as little spend as possible, using up all the things that I could find in my freezer and cupboards.

It does mean that I am going to have almost empty freezers and cupboards BUT that's fine.

Saturday - Spaghetti Bolognese


Flyfour said he really faniced Spaghetti Bolognese the other day and so even after I looked into the Gluten free cupboard and saw that we didn't have any Spaghetti I added it to my list.


Everything else that we need we have in the Freezer and cupboard, so all I had to spend on here was the £100000000 on Gluten free Spaghetti. Only kidding it was £1.20.

We even have a few bread rolls that we can use to make Garlic Bread with as we have parsley, butter and garlic available to us too.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Have You Got A Camp Bucket?

I'm pretty certain that the only reason that Top Ender wanted to go to Guides camp was because she had heard about Camp Buckets when she was a young impressionable Brownie and wanted one. From her description, all I could work out was that a Camp Bucket was a bucket which she would keep some stuff in and would also act as a seat at some point during her camping trips. They are apparently invaluable to Campers and we all know how much Top Ender loves Camping.

Top Ender camping in the Back Garden

Flash forward a few years and Top Ender was given the all important Camp Bucket prior to her first big Guides Camp and she was tasked with the very important job of needing to personalise the bucket by decorating it. Older Guides let us know that Sharpies worked best and one evening Top Ender sat and decorated her bucket.

Tops made such a great bucket that I thought I'd share a few pictures of the different drawings and the meanings behind them that she shared with me... just be warned cos I'm pretty sure she made some of them up!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Our Irish Adventure Part Three

This is part three of our Irish Adventure. You can read Part One (with real magic) and Part Two on those there links!

Top Ender loved Ireland too. Apart from the fact we kept seeing Petrol stations named after her (So now she owns a Pizza Chain, a Tile chain and a chain of Petrol stations) and at least a dozen stores which all bore her first name she loved the feel of Ireland.


Everywhere was relaxed, even in Dublin people weren't rushing about and that was in the non touristy bits too. I don't know if it was just because there seemed to be more space, or what but even rush hour seemed to only last a few minutes!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Our Irish Adventure Part Two

This is Part Two of Our Irish Adventure, you can read yesterdays post aka Part One (with some real magic) on that link, and there'll be another tomorrow so come back then to read it!

Our plan was to fly into Dublin, spend some time there before driving to Cork, visiting around Cork and them moving on to Killagoley (as a base for our visit to County Wexford) before heading back the next day to Dublin for our flight home. The itinerary was busy, but not so bad that we couldn't have some flexibility and some down time during our little whirlwind vacation. It was a good plan and one that all of us had some hand in organising, requesting places we wanted to visit, picking out hotels and even using google maps to find the nearest petrol stations...


I think the most excited about our trip was Dan Jon Jr.

He had wanted to experience his first flight (apparently he's the last person in the world to go on a plane) for some time and was excited about the prospect of using foreign currency and of course going on holiday with three of his best friends and I'm not talking about the cuddly toys that he packed! I've already mentioned in another blog post about how amazing Dan Jon was on the trip and how he loved everything as he appreciated all the small moments as well as the big ones, but I think he deserves another shout out here for being so totally excellent.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Our Irish Adventure (The Bit With Magic)

When I was writing this blog post, it started off as one blog post and what you are about to read was the end of that post. However, as I wrote the post become longer and longer and I decided to turn it in to a few blog posts (three including this one) and I thought I should start off with the best bit, the bit with the real life magic in...

At Easter we went as a family to Ireland. We had decided, Flyfour and I, at the end of 2015 that we would go away at some point together as a family in 2016. We had a few options, Summer Holidays, Easter Holidays, even the Half term week in October, but it was only when Flyfour found some bargain flights for a trip to Ireland at Easter that our plans fell into place and we worked out where we wanted to visit. We decided to fly across, hire a car and drive around the various places we wanted to visit.


We hired a Renault Capture, which we picked up from the Airport. After a quick check of the car, loading our luggage into the boot, ensuring the children were strapped in safely and entering the postcode of our hotel into the sat nav we were off.