Lights Alive

Who else remembers the toy Lights Alive from the eighties? I wanted one so bad when I was a kid!

Anyway, this is another one of my random-musings-type post. I mean with that intro, I might as well start as I mean to go on, eh!

I was thinking about our new house, the decorating and the forthcoming kid. This is the first house that we’ve not had to decorate and change things because we need to (in that things are falling apart and are unsafe etc) – we just want to.

Take the lights pictured below in our lounge and the kitchen. They are fairly new and work perfectly fine. They are just not the fittings that I would have chosen.
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But then on the other hand, Rob and I are both homebodies and we like our home to look nice. We like decorating (well, the end results rather than the process of decorating!) and improving things, making our house(s) a home. We are putting our own stamp on the house, turning it into a colourful, retro/mid century influenced home that is very ‘us’!

We are both former art students who appreciate good design and we like things that are visually pleasing (I mean that’s why Rob settled down with me because I am so darn good looking! Ha!) Plus Rob works from home and I will be spending more time indoors next year. So having a nice, relaxing, functional, comfortable home is important to us.

I have been very fortunate that I have a small inheritance from my grandparents (obviously I would rather have my grandparents still here though) which has enabled us to move and to be able to decorate this house. (Which we were going to spend on some new interior doors and a new patio and driveway in our old house BTW!)

But should I keep the money in a savings account for the kid? After all, we are spending it on our future, not theirs.

But then I go back to thinking that this is something that we want to do. We want to decorate this house.

Everyone keeps telling us to make the most of things right now and to enjoy our freedom, because come next year, we will not have any time to do anything.

We are well aware of this! But thanks for telling us anyway!

So instead of having one last big blow out like an expensive holiday abroad (or a babymoon as they are called) or me demanding that Rob buys me a ‘maternity’ ring or an expensive trinket (or a push present as they are called!), we are treating ourselves one last time by decorating the house.

This will be the last time that it is all about us. Next year everything we do will be about the kid. Their needs will come first.

Neither of us are bothered about this. We are mature enough (I hope!) to realise what is coming. It will be a big shock change, just like everyone keeps telling us.

But bring it on, I say!

….I just hope that our little darling to be doesn’t destroy the place in a few years time!!!image imageAbove ↑ Our new lights in the kitchen and lounge. The kitchen lights were from B&Q and were not too expensive. The lounge light was from John Lewis (but I did buy it when it was on special offer with 10% off!) which looks soooo much better than the chintzy floral light fitting that was there before!!

Dreamy Crib Alert 4

The other day I was having a little digital clear out and I found a link that I saved. Its of an amazing mid century house that was up for sale in America which I planned to feature on my “Dreamy Cribs” series.

Lets just forget that the last time I published a dreamy crib post was back in February 2015  and all collectively drool over this gorgeous pad!

I love this amazing house for many reasons  – 1) Because its awesome. 2) Because the house was up for sell for only £133,000 (Seriously. For real! If I was brave enough and knew what Michigan City, Indiana was like, I would move there in a heartbeat!) And 3) because the house has lots of yellow in it!*

*Because I had a moment the other day, when I thought to myself – “have I got too much yellow in my house?”…..The answer is no. Of course not. There is no such thing. This house proves once and for all that you can never have too much yellow!!!

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The colourful ouside is dreamy. Plus I would only have to say to Rob two words to get him to move to this house – “Double garage” and he would be sold!

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I love the tulip dining set and the teak sideboard.

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Why would you not paint your louvred wardrobe doors bright yellow?

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Change the bedding to some Orla Kiely covers and this bedroom could easily be updated.

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I pressume that this is the original kitchen to the house. The simple walnut cabinets might not be to everybodies taste but I love them!

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This must be the covered patio area that a lot of American homes have. Change the furniture, scatter a few pot plants about and maybe install a mini bar in the corner. Perfect!

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Nice.

All images from Wowhaus.co.uk orignally from Zillow.com.

The New House – The Second Bedroom

Here it is, the last room tour from our new Devon house in its ‘before’ state! Phew, it only took me four months to blog them all!

This is our second bedroom, and when we moved here we told people that we would eventually decorate it, buy a spare double bed for it and then we could have people stay round.

Unbeknown to our friends and family, I was around eight weeks pregnant when we moved, but at that point we weren’t sure of how things would progress so we called this room our guest bedroom.

And even though it winds Rob up when I call it the ‘guest bedroom’, the name has stuck and I still cannot bring myself to call this room ‘the babies room’!

This will be the last room that we decorate. All that we have done so far is carpeted it and moved some random bits of furniture in to it which do not fit anywhere else in the house!

The room is pretty neutral already, but to me it is a little bland. The striped wallpaper is non offensive but not to my taste. I already have a few vague plans for the room, like a bright yellow cot (Asda do one for £59!) and to turn the G Plan unit into a toy display/book case, but that is about it really.

I just do not know what I want in there or nor have I done much research on what I will need!

I know that I do not want any bunting anywhere, any pastel colours, a theme to the room (like a nautical, car, fairy or Disney theme) , the future kids name displayed on the wall, or anything overly twee in there. Which is pretty much all of what Pinterest throws up at you when you do a search for nursery ideas!

I want a unisex/retro/mid century modern/Scandinavian vibe to this room with lots of bright cheerful primary colours everywhere. I also want the decor not to be too babyish and neural so that we can just switch up the furniture and storage situations as the kid and its needs grow.

Watch this space, as I guess I will be talking about things more on here soon!
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The New House – Lounge And Kitchen Progress

I thought that I would share some (badly taken mobile) photos showing the current state of our house in the midst of the decorating progress. Please excuse the mess and washing up etc. You know me, I never tidy up and stage my photos on here!

This is whats happening in our house right now. We are still working on the bathroom and Rob has now started to strip the wallpaper from the lounge and has removed the tiles from the kitchen.imageimageimagePictured above – as you can see I have acquired some new furniture! Our old furniture that we brought with us from Kent was either not working in this room or completely knackered. So we sold the G Plan coffee table (sob, I loved that table so much, but the room looks so much bigger and better with out it) and donated our old (smaller) sofa and discoloured dining chairs to the local hospice charity shop and ordered some new colourful replacements from Ebay and online.

We have also brought a new, slightly smaller dining table and I splurged on a gorgeous, vintage Ladderax unit for the lounge. I have wanted one for so long and I am so pleased with it! Lets just not talk about how I spent the same amount of money that it would cost for a pram/buggy system type thing on it! Oops! Priorities, eh!

The old G Plan unit has been moved upstairs into the ‘guest’ bedroom which I will share a tour of soon.

Why are we stripping wallpaper in this room, I hear you say? In my photos it just looks like it needs a lick of paint, doesn’t it? The lounge has lining paper on the walls that unfortunately have a hideous (IMO) fleur de lis pattern on it. Rob did try to convince me that once we painted the room grey I wouldn’t notice the pattern anymore.

Nope, he wasn’t fooling me! He is currently reluctantly stripping the walls and bitching and moaning about how long it is going to take him to repair all the damage to the plaster!

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Still to do in this room – sort the flooring, lighting, fireplace, tv unit and curtain situation out.

Right, on to the kitchen! We (and you know that I really mean Rob here) have chipped off all the old grey tiles and taken down the filthy, stained vertical blinds (we will have to buy new replacements unfortunately) and the pointless bits of wood above the windows. There is dust everywhere!

I did say in a previous post that we were keeping the current tiles, but we have decided to just go for it. If we are going to give the kitchen a make over, changing the tiles will make such a huge difference to the room.

So there we have it. I hope that this post is not too boring. Its nice for me to look back on how far we have come and to have a reminder on here never to move house and decorate again!!!imageimageimage

Questions Asked And Statements Made To Rob And I Recently

In the last few weeks Rob and I have heard a lot of the same questions/statements in conversations lately…….

Pretty much everyone we chat to“Your lives are going to completely change.”
Our stock response – “Yes, we do realise this.”
The response in our heads – “Well, duh. We do know this. Maybe we want the changes in our lives.”

Pretty much everyone we chat to“You do realise that you are not going to get any sleep.”
Our stock response – “Yes, we know this.”
The response in our heads – “Well, duh. Again, we do know this. We have heard all the horror stories. We know that it will be hard. Hopefully the pros will out weigh the cons”.

Pretty much everyone we chat to“Are you going to buy a new sensible modern car?”
Our stock response – “No, we have not felt the urge to go out and order a high purchase, butt ugly, massive, gas guzzling Citroen Picasso/Renault Scenic/Vauxhall Zafira. The camper van will be just fine. Plus Helen/I does not/do not drive, so whats the point?”

Pretty much everyone we chat to“Have you brought any stuff/equipment yet?”
Our stock response – “Nope, not yet. We like to leave things to the last minute! Plus we want to finish decorating the house first.”
My response in my head – “No way, its way too early, and you never know what might happen. I do not want all that stuff in the house just in case something goes wrong. As it has gone wrong before”*

Pretty much everyone we chat to“How is Helen feeling?”
Our stock response – “Sick.”
Pretty much everyone we chat to“Really? Still?”  Then they will launch into a long monologue about how they/or their other half did not really suffer from it,  just that one time that they were sick in the bin at work. But they had this symptom or that symptom.

My boss at work“Have you got twins in there?”
Me – “No, just one. Why? Am I huge?”

Me to Rob in Tescos the other night“I got to push one of these out of my fanny hole soon” as I put a water melon into the shopping basket. (Yes, this really is how I talk. Its pure poetry all the time with me!)
Rob to me in Tescos the other night – A stupid, non-funny, blokey response about if one of them came out he would be seriously worried and wonder what I have been up to etc.
Needless to say, I made him pay for the shopping that night, which included green, round, expensive, imported fruit.

Everyone we talk to“Congratulations.”
Our standard response – “Thanks.” Followed by a slightly awkward silence. How do you respond to people when they say this when you are a bit of a socially awkward, introvert who doesn’t really like being the centre of attention? (That’s just me BTW, Rob is a pretty normal person! I never know what to say after peeps congratulate me, other than thanks! Where do you lead the conversation to next? More about yourself, the conception, the life choice you have made or the weather???!!)

A Female Friend to me“Are you going to have a shower?”
Me to female friend – “No way! That is my idea of hell!” Any situation where I have to sit in the centre of a room, wearing a sash, pretending to enjoy playing stupid party games, unable to have an alcoholic drink, and then have to pretend to go all mushy over tiny clothes is not my thing. Tiny clothes are cute, but they do not make me squeal and coo etc. Yes, I a horrible person with a heart of stone!

…….Yep, its true, I am pregnant. 24 weeks, in fact. Due 21/12/16. Its going to be an interesting Xmas!

I finally feel ready to talk about things on here, although I have not put anything on social media yet. We are being a bit old fashioned, but big social media announcements are not our thing. We have only told our close friends and family in person, on the phone or by text. The good thing about doing an announcement on here (which I hope is not too dramatic or attention seeking!) is that no one really reads my blog! I just thought it would be nice to say something to some of you (if you are reading this!) as I do enjoy our internet correspondence (you know who you all are – thanks again!)

I suppose this explains why I have not talked about cycling, hill hiking and camping on here lately. I have been too effing sick to do all the things that we hoped and planned to do when we moved to Devon!

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A note I passed to Rob the other day when he was on the phone to one of his business clients! Poor Rob will tell you that he is suffering too having to listen to me heaving and cleaning up after me!!!

Yes, I am still throwing up, feeling sick, unable to brush my teeth without nearly puking, unable to drink water, tea, herbal teas, lemonade, orangeade (the list goes on – basically I can only drink chocolate milk, blackcurrant squash and vegetable stock!!) and dry heaving/gagging/wretching at any funny smell at any time of day or night at 24 weeks pregnant. Still. But I am not complaining (honestly!) its all part of the process (for 1 in 10 of us according to the NHS website) and its all good. Plus its not as bad as it was in the early days.

I am due to finish work in October, so I will (hopefully) have more time to blog soon. The finishing in October thing is not my choice, but due to the timing of things I could only take a temporary summer job. I wanted to move down here and find a secure job first before giving things another go, so that I could eventually let down said employers at said secure full time job by buggering off on my maternity leave on full pay benefits! But hey ho, this is how things have happened and I am not complaining!

*I will write about our experience eventually. For now all I will say is that it was f**king awful.

Edit 04/09/16 – I felt that I should say some more about my dislike of baby showers. Basically after publishing this post I felt like a bit of a dick for saying that they are my idea of hell! I am just a horrible, miserable cow who dislikes harmless nice things, things that are not hurting anyone, things that make other people happy like the X Factor, musical Disney cartoons, pantos (gord help me in the next few years, eh!), Christmas, weddings and baby showers.

I dunno, they just all seem too forced, contrived and just another way of the man making money from us. But that’s just me.

I have attended several baby showers in my time and played along in all the games, felt sorry for the poor mum to be as everyone guesses how fat big she is with the string around the bump game, drank the warm lemonade, given the cute tiny clothing gifts and survived! Baby showers are not all that bad. I just don’t want one myself thanks.

I also did a Google search to see if anyone else out there thinks they are rubbish and I found this link. Do have a read if you have the time, it made me chuckle!

Settling In Almost Three Months In

Some friends from Kent were on holiday in Weston-super-Mare recently, so we met up with them for lunch in Minehead (about halfway between W-S-M and where we live) and they asked us how are we settling in and does our new area feel like home yet?

To be honest, neither Rob or I have given it much thought and our answers were something along the lines of “fine” and “yes, pretty much”!

So I thought that I would write a blog post to process my thoughts on the subject of settling in. This is going to be quite a short and sweet post, as we have just moved and got on with our lives as before really!

The biggest change is that we both no longer have our families close by. Mine are on the Isle of Wight and Robs parents are still back in Kent (his sister and her family live abroad). Again, this is something that I have tried not to dwell on, because if I thought about it too hard, I would get down in the dumps and miss them so badly! The fact of the matter is that if we stayed living in our home town, I would still be missing them as well. In fact, I think that I would miss them even more, because my surroundings would trigger nostalgic memories left, right and centre reminding me that they are not living here anymore. Plus I would miss all the silly little things like bumping into them in the supermarket or them beeping at me driving past me etc.

Since moving in May, I have visited the family once and my parents have been to visit us. We are planning our next visit to the island in October and we call and Facetime all the time so its not too bad. Im just happy that they are happy in their new homes and are all settled in.

As for missing our friends, again we have not really noticed much difference in our social lives since moving. Most of our closest, oldest Kent friends have young children and busy lives, or had moved away, so we only saw them every few months. Most of our communicating was done through social media. No one calls or texts anymore! As much as I hate Facebook, it is a good way of keeping up on the general goings on in peoples lives, so we still feel like we know what they are up to and kept in the loop! Its all good and nothing has changed with that side of things really.

Our Kent friends who we met up with asked if we have made any new friends yet. I said “nope!” This is something that we need to work on. We chat to and get along with our new neighbours and I get along with my new work colleagues, but they are not people who we going to socialise with. We plan to join a local VW club soon, so that we can meet some new acquaintances to have a drink and a chat with, and hopefully go camping with at VW events in the future. If not, then the Kent VW lot have plans to camp down our way so we will see them again soon and we are now much closer to our friends in Cornwall who we are visiting this weekend. So we are not complete hermits, honest!

Its strange really, but on the whole moving thing has not been that big a deal to us. Things are still the same down here really, we still need to work to pay our bills (Rob is still just as busy, I am still working weekends in a same-but-different-crappy-minimum-wage-retail job), we are busy decorating in our spare time, shopping in the same old chain store DIY shops and supermarkets, and when you chat to people down here they have the same kind of lives and problems that people back home had. I do miss H&M and Tiger stores for browsing around at pretty things and there are no cheap and cheerful cafes and pubs around here for slap up lunches and meals (the downside of living in a touristy area!) The difference is that we love our new house and its a lot greener and prettier down here so when we do get a chance to go somewhere for a day trip we get to go to places like this!

This makes our move 100% worth it!
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The New House – The Bathroom

I only have two more rooms left to show you in the new house! Today I will do a quick tour around the bathroom and at some point soon(ish) I will share the second bedroom on here.

Then after that I haven’t got a clue what to blog about! Oh dear!

Anyway, I will spare you all my usual excuses about my bad mobile phone photos and get straight down to business describing the bathroom that we inherited with our new house and our future plans for it.

IMG_3130IMG_3131IMG_2388As you can see, we were lucky with our new house that the bathroom was in decent shape and in good order with a new(ish) white bathroom suite (thank goodness for that! no putting up with yucky 80’s beigey-yellow shell shaped sainitary ware and messing around putting in a new suite here!), simple plain rectangular white tiles from floor to ceiling and a nice internal door with a working lock on it!

Whoop! In our last house I hated the interior doors and we had no lock on our bathroom door, something that always seemed to bother our house guests for some reason.

So all that we are going to do in this room is give it a little TLC and tart it up a little.

In fact we have already started doing so!

What we are doing is removing one of the blinds (the blue plastic Venetian one in the photo above. Who knows why the previous owner felt the need to have two blinds on the window?) and repairing the damage from removing it with some spare tiles that were left behind in the garage. We are also replacing a cracked tile near the loo, building a tall, narrow cabinet to store our toiletries and cleaning products, replacing the piece of wood in the photo below that has the shower screen fixed on it with a plastic fixture as it the wood has stared to rot, changing the shower screen to a folding one so that its easier to climb in and out of the bath, replacing the wooden window sill with a more practical plastic one, changing the bath panel from the pine wooden planks shown below to a simple white plastic panel, and finally, changing the flooring to a nicer coloured lino.

Blimey, now that I have listed our plans, that seems like a hell of a lot of work!

Oh well, it will be worth it in the end!
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The New House – The Garage

Oops, it seems that I have taken an unintentional blog break for nearly a month! No real reason for it, other than I haven’t felt like blogging of late. We all go through these periods and sometimes the temptation to give up for good and to delete everything kicks in!

But fear not, while lots of my fave bloggers seem to have thrown in the towel lately, I am going to keep on blogging my mediocre musings and inflicting my terrible mobile phone photography on you all.

Plus I really must finish sharing all the “before” pictures of the house on here, for my benefit, if not for anyone else!

Today I will share a few snaps of our new garage and talk you through it.

To be honest, I almost forgot to share this part of the house on here. But its actually quite a big reason why we chose this house.

Well, when I say we, I really mean Rob!

Apparently this is a special garage, as it has electricity, lighting and its very own toilet! Our garage is also attached to the side of the house, rather than en bloc etc, with a handy interior door in to it. Which is handy for me, as we have our washing machine and freezer stored in there (basically the only reason why I ever go in the garage is to put the washing on or to eat a cheeky Magnum!)

Its a pretty big one this garage, as garages go, and Rob has plenty of plans for turning it into the garage/workshop of his dreams. He already goes to the garage to escape from me and the cat, and to unwind doing his favourite past time of tinkering with the Beetle and building stuff out of wood!

Rob has joked that all he needs now is a sofa bed, a TV and a microwave in there, and then he never has to step foot in the house ever again!

This can easily be arranged, I say!!!

So yeah, that’s about all that I can say about this room. Its just a garage, as far as I am concerned really. But for Rob, it is his dream come true! Bless, him! IMG_2372IMG_2373IMG_2374IMG_2375The above four photos were taken on the day that we moved in, and really show the size and scale of the space.

Of course now its crammed full of boxes, camping equipment, car parts, tools, bikes and a rusty off the road Beetle, so you can hardly move in there! Fun times!IMG_2397IMG_2401

Hopefully by the end of the year it will be better organised, I will have a nice (Rob built) utility area in there and Rob will have soundproofed the walls and turned it into his ultimate man cave of dreams™!

The New House – The Kitchen

Wowzers, today marks four whole weeks of living in our new house, and boy, have we been efficient with the decorating and tarting up of the new place!

We have finished decorating our bedroom, Robs office and the hallway and landing! And once we have worked our way through the snag list of finishing touches, I will share the updated rooms on here. That is after I have shown the before state of the bathroom and the spare bedroom …and once I have learnt to take some better photos that do the finished rooms justice!

Anyway back to now, here are yet more unprofessional photos of our kitchen taken with my mobile (sorry, its quicker and easier for me to blog this way ATM, I promise I will harder soon!) just to give you a feel of the room.

Here is a snap from the day we moved in.
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The kitchen is nearly new and decorated nicely. It is not 100% to my taste and I would not have chosen the cupboards and finishings myself, as I prefer cleaner lines and more modernist touches, but I am not worried about changing this room. It will more than do!

Its funny, but I am kind of over having a dream kitchen. Its no longer a goal of mine. It was in my twenties, I guess because I was a little influenced by all the home improvement shows and magazines! But now I am older and wiser, I think there are more important things in life than having an immaculate, massive kitchen with a huge range cooker in it. Perfect kitchens will not make you happy – your health, friends and family do.
imageBefore we moved in, we thought about changing the tiles. But that is such a big, messy job and once you do that, you might as well change the cupboard door fronts, then the worktops and then you have ended up putting in a whole new blooming kitchen! So they are staying. They are not bad tiles and we will decorate around them. What we will do is change the flooring and repaint the walls in time.

Unfortunately I have not got a clue what colour to paint the walls though! The vibe I want to create in this room is a kind of 60’s/70’s look, influenced by my Hornsea plant pots, my avocado coloured Cathrineholm kettle and my Briarwood Pyrex pieces. Which means that I am going to slowly replace my pink nik-naks in the kitchen and go for more multi coloured accents.

I played around in my head with the idea of olive coloured walls, or mustard, or even orange for a 60’s/70’s retro look. But instead we might play it safe and go for a light grey colour to compliment the tiles. Or maybe we will go really daring and paint it a dark grey, blue or black colour*!

It is a big room with plenty of light, so I think it could take dark walls if we switch the flooring for a lighter one? Any ideas, anyone? I have no idea what colour to use!IMG_2380I think Poppy has left us a little present in her litter tray in the below shot!imageThe most exciting thing in this room and another thing that sold this house to me was the pantry cupboards! Yes I know, I am really showing my age now – what a saddo!

But how exciting are the hoarding opportunities with a pantry! Think how many cans of tomatoes I can stash in here for any upcoming apocalypse!

Rob is looking forward to the woodwork project of shelving these cupboards for me and I am looking forward to organising them better, so its all good! Win win!imageimage* My current leaning is to paint the room in a very dark greeny-black colour. But my secondary school uniform was bottle green so I am scarred for life when it comes to dark greens! Does anyone else never wear clothes in the the colour of their school uniform? Thank god I never wore black to school as I would have nothing to wear!

Lately #18

Its time for a quick catch up about the regular mundane happenings in our lives ATM…..

    • I found a job! Its only a part time temporary summer job in the village, but right now, that suits me fine and hopefully I will be able to go back to what I used to do (aka the easiest job that I have ever had) in the winter…. if the job becomes available.
    • I apologise to those who already know this from Instagram, but last month for my birthday Rob and I went to Lynmouth and Lynton. It pissed down with rain, but we had a nice lunch in one of the many touristy cafes, ate some fudge bought from one of the many touristy fudge shops, and rode the touristy cliff railway. I recommend a day trip to these towns if you are on holiday in this neck of the woods. Just eat and drink your way around the town. That’s what we did!IMG_2423IMG_2425
    • We also drove around the beautiful valley of the rocks in nearby Exmoor. We took the picturesque toll road, with its steep climbs and hairpin corners. It got a bit scary at times in the van, as after all, it is an older vehicle with a 30+ year old engine! Our breaks were squeaking, overheating and the back of the van had a trail of steam behind it going through all the puddles in the rain! Eek!
    • We went camping on the May bank holiday weekend. Only for one night because of the cat, but we met up with some friends from Kent, met their friends from Devon(!) and had a nice pub meal.

  • Family and friends have been asking how the cat is adapting to her new environment. And lets be honest, we are all crazy cat people here on the internet, so Im going to talk about my bae for a bit.
    She is Ok. She settled into the new house within a week, i.e she stopped walking around crying and whinging all the time. Then after two weeks we decided to let her out on her own (there will be more on this further down). In between, we have been showing her around the garden on a lead, much to the amusement of our new neighbours! Its my fault that she has this lead, as I was getting all neurotic saying “what about my poor baby if we break down on our way to Devon? She will be trapped in her carrier for hours, the poor thing! I had better get a lead just in case she needs a drink and to stretch her legs!” I mean, this is a bloody cat that we are talking about here, not a dog FFS!
  • Anyway needless to say she hates her lead, but Rob and I think its hilarious taking her for a walk! Poor Poppy!IMG_2368
  • Back to the first time that she went outside on her own – Its funny, I had been saying to people that I had not seen a lot of cats in our new area, and that she would be much happier here, as there were loads of cats back where we used to live and she was always getting into fights.
    Famous last words, me thinks! On her first venture out Rob said that it was the first time that he had ever heard some cats fighting around here, and sure enough Poppy comes back home with her collar missing, limping and bleeding! Bloody cat! She is a true Medway girl (born and bred in Chatham!) and she always goes around being a little gobshite and starting fights! But really she is a big chicken, she is just all mouth!
  • We also need to sort out a cat flap for her and then we can finally lose her litter tray once and for all. Hurrah! And after that I need to convince one of our new friendly neighbours to pop in and feed her (or we can unsettle her once again by putting her in a cattery) so that we can go to the Isle of Wight to visit my family! Yey!
  • And finally, I am sure that you all know by now that I like my cycling and I like to shout from the rooftops how awesome the women’s cycling scene is and that it needs more recognition etc. If you have the time, here are two great cycling related links for you to read. The first is an interview in the Guardian with Juliana Buhring. Now if you haven’t heard of her before don’t worry. All you need to know is that she is an endurance cyclist who has a new book out (added to my wishlist) and she has lead quite the life. Seriously, its the kind of life that needs a film made out of it – a crazy, unbelievable, tragic, dramatic life that has overcome many set backs. And also, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who talks about road kill when cycling! The second link is quite a, erm, delicate subject, but still one that needs to be talked about. Have a gander if you like to talk about yeast infections, pubes, periods, moon cups, sore lady parts and cycling. This is stuff that needs to be said.