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Lets go outside

shame about the pylons eh!

Can you see London in the Distance? This is where I live now. In the middle of wheat country it would appear. London is a mere 22 minutes away by train. Oh yes. I can almost smell the smog and the see the suits at the bars on this Friday night.

I drove the kids up here today it’s a huge 1 minute from our house. I said to Eliza “Look at that Lizie” who was to busy eyeing up some horses. “what mummy?” “Isn’t it beautiful” Eliza is looking around, well as much as possible as we are sitting in the car in the middle of a road. I’ve stopped to take pictures.

“What are you talking about mummy?”

“The countryside Lizie, the COUNTRYSIDE, YANNO where we live”

I’m irritated that she doesn’t know exactly what I am talking about she is 4 now!

“Oh yes, she said it is beautiful, is that corn mummy?”

“no I think it’s wheat”

“Is it going to be made into cereal for me?”



And that was to say the highlight of my day today a 5 minute chat with my daughter in the middle of a road in our new backyard. The rest of my day has been spent with this adorable boy


Driving me utterly mental. He looks so sweet there doesn’t he?

He’s teething he’s getting the last 2 or last 4 teeth I don’t know. And he is an shit about it. Cries pretty much all day unless I carry him and do exactly what he says “take me this way mummy, no that way, no I want a cuddle here, no there on the sofa, can I have some milk? Can I have a biscuit, can I go outside?, Can we go for a walk, carry me mummy, can I have booby (yes I’m still breastfeeding, no I don’t feed him in the day, but he asks to try his luck” mummy you are pretty, I love big boobies, can I have the helicopter, where’s Daddy, I want Daddy, daddy coming home now? I want to go to bed, I want medicine, I want, I want, I want, I want.

OMG seriously it’s non stop. bantering on and on and on.

Meanwhile poor Eliza is following me around like a stray dog asking “what does snake begin with? what about handbag, or shops, or horse, how do you spell horse, Jerry has made an absoulte mess of of the lounge mummy,you need to clean it, I’m tired, I’m hungry, Jerry hit me, Jerry slobbered on me, Can I watch TV? Can we go out, can we have the iPad,  why are you pregnant, Can Teddy come out now? I want Daddy, is Daddy coming home yet?

Normally I chug along happily today I am amazed social services didn’t knock on the door, maybe Monday I am sure at times I sounded like a fish wife. I know I yelled a lot today mostly “JERRY JUST LEAVE ME ALONE FOR 5 MINUTES, IF YOU WANT A DRINK I NEED TO PUT YOU DOWN”

Tonight while cooking dinner I actually just screamed out loud for anger management. Mental note

*new house does not have double glazing

Good night and good weekend to you all 😀


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Hever Castle

My husband is always desperate to go do things on the weekend, I am not. I am not sure why because once in the car and at the destination I have a fantabulous time and then talk his ears off for the rest of the night about what a great day we had, and he always says “yes once we got you out of the house”

I do love it once I’m on my way that is.

Hubby was desperate to do something out-doorsy which is pretty hard right now as there seems to be a bit of rain in the UK it’s really bad. But there was a 3 hour window in which it was meant to NOT rain, we showered as fast as possible and set of to Hever.

After much debate about my husband saying “I dunno if I want to go there” honestly we spend 40 minutes always having a go at each other. Him about me not wanting to leave the house and me telling him every suggestion I make he doesn’t like” anyone else do this crap?

We got there and then it started raining, well what a surprise the weather board got it wrong. Eliza is a total princess and despite wearing 14 layers of clothing and a fleece and a wind and waterproof coat she was cold. I kept pointing out the castle in a very excited manner, and maybe there was a princess in there.

We raced down to the bridge and stopped for a quick jump in some puddles and then crossed the moat’s bridge where Eliza decided she would fall through one of the cracks and die. Daddy came to her rescue. he did point out to her that the cracks were not that big she could fall down between them.

Standing in the Entrance was a guide, under her breath I heard her say “children” to another guide, you could see the dread in her face. The desperation of yet more toddlers touching a tapestry or knocking a 1795 vase on to the floor started to flood my mind. You watch Eliza, I’ll take Jerry. I told my husband which is normally pointless as he forgets he’s meant to be watching one or other of them and I end up watching both of them, why is that? Hello, hello anyone out there or am I talking to myself…

Eliza is pretty good in places like this, she’s very interested in Artwork she wants to know who every single person is and what the painting is about, I try to get her to tell me what she thinks the paintings are about, and we look at them and talk about what we can see. Jerry has no time for this sadly might have something to do with the fact he is 17 months old.

She then says very loudly “IS THIS THE HOUSE OF THE QUEEN WHO HAD HER HEAD CUT OFF?” To say I was surprised was a understatement. back in July/August we had gone to Hever with friends, we didn’t go in the castle but the kids had a great time in the Gardens they also have a fantastic Adventure playground and water maze. I had told Eliza back then about Anne Boleyn I was so surprised she remember that and so proud, she has an amazing memory when she wants to, funny she can’t remember me saying 7347364 times a day to stop snatching and pushing her brother.

You’re not allowed to take photo’s in the house sadly so obviously I didn’t. Thankfully after a cup of tea the rain stopped and we headed back into the gardens I was relectunt to walk around as the kids had both been so sick last week, but they seemed fine.

Steps in the Italian Garden

The colours right now are lovely, was nice to let my eye photograph some thing else for a change.

Lots & lots of puddles!

It was flooded in parts and the kids had enormous fun, they got so wet! Luckily I had spare clothes for them both!

I just love this image.

Someone likes Swans

What the hell is going on here? She’s all nekkid and making out with a swan, it’s just wrong.

It really started to get very cold and the kids by this point were very wet, and I was very worried they were going to get ill again so we changed their clothes, banged the heating up, by the point I had driven a mile they were both fast asleep. A good day me thinks! We bought a Annual membership which means we now have access to the Castle and Gardens for a year. I can’t wait!

Definitely worth a day out even just to the gardens!

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Sounds like a title to a violent movie LOL

Well we did get out of here Yesterday. We decided to drive to Salisbury I was a real spoil sport however the evening before complaining how it was to far and how I hate the British and how I don’t want to spend my hard earned oh wait I don’t work, how I don’t want to spend money here in Broken Britian. I am amazed my husband still wanted to go any where with me ever again after my tirade of hatred of the UK..

I did however mention that Salisbury is a beautiful place, well the Cathedral and err and erm the Cathedral and did I mention the Cathedral?

sals1Not to mention it’s a beautiful time of year in the UK where the leaves are changing and the weather is sunny yet cool it’s almost perfect. ALMOST

sals4here’s the Suburban family in Salisbury era 1946 we don’t age.

Stunning loving the colours great time to learn about seasons and colours with the kids

sals2It really is lovely we only really hung out at the Cathedral we were going to have a look at the Manga Carta but they had copies in the shop so we just looked at that I would imagine the real one is the same only in a glass box with a rope around it.

sals3On the way home we decided to stop by Stonehenge, Stonehenge bores me to the core. I think I saw it to many times  as a child, I think my parents thought it was worthy of taking a child under the age of 10 there every year to see the stones, why I’ll never know. I get it mum, big stones, 3000BC no one knows what they are for or why they are there. Really how many times do I need to be told this?

Moving on I decided that my husband had been there already and I started to protest yet again what a waste of time it was there and the last time I visited it was bitterly cold. I was in car trip hell with my adoptive mother who was intent on making my life a living hell more than usual by taking me to Stonehenge while in 3 hours I was meant to be back on a flight to Australia. I HATED it. that was my last visit. I had to fight demons to go there. I almost cried with the memories. But Unal got me through I fought it and I LOVED it. It was magical it was so nice, so nice to be there with people I love, people who are my life. I chased our kids around I ran I laughed I kissed my husband we hugged we kissed some more I felt nothing but love.

me at stonehenge

HUGE shout-out to  my husband for helping me to fight fear, for helping to believe bad memories can be over come and for just being him. I promise I won’t make such a fuss when we go to Glastonbury in a few weeks. Just don’t make me go and see King Arthur’s supposed grave OK!!

Yours in I won’t whine anymoresville

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The countryside

So far this weekend has been Brilliant we set off to my friend R’s house Saturday morning her and her family live down in Surrey. We flew down the freeway as one does in the UK lol Jeremiah and Eliza travelled well. Eliza wasn’t sick which was great, first time in a long time. I gave her travel sickness tablets as soon as she woke up and then again shortly before we left., and some ginger biscuits. After those she fell asleep. And Jeremiah had gone to sleep long before. Which I was very grateful about as when he cries I cry and get very stressed and poor Unal spends half his time telling me it will be OK which I know but I hate hearing my kids cry.

I just love the countryside. I love seeing fields I love the fact there is empty spaces. I loved that about Australia as well when we would go on our driving holidays and drive into the Northern Territory and W.A being where there was no one made me crazily happy and gave me a enormous sense of freedom. I am without a doubt a city girl though I need the shops.  And Unal needs to work in a city presently. One day we shall be back in Australia living in the country growing our own veggies lol
Anyway after an hour and a bit we arrived at my friends house it’s truly magnificent and the weather was MEGA hot around 27C  could not of wished for better weather. The kids had a great time playing with one another.  We enjoyed an amazing lunch all prepared by R and had some great conversations with some people there. One guy in particular has a fascinating adventure ahead of him his Name is (click his name to read more about him) Juan Senor and he is a lovely guy and an true inspiration I wish I had spoken more to him, hopefully we shall meet again and I hope his walk is a huge success. I am presently trying to get a hold of his website detailing more of the walk!
So here we are on Sunday with rain and shopping.
We made a trip to Hamleys and bought some bits and bobs we bought some modelling clay. We plan to make animals and paint them and then Eliza can play with them or put them on her shelf. Unal will make the animals he’s very skillful at painting and drawing and things that require attention to detail. And I will paint the faces on to them and apply the colours. Should be fun!
Eliza’s vocabulary is accelerating so fast and she is cracking me up daily. Today she turned up while I was feeding Jeremiah with her DR’s kit and tapped his knees, then she checked my ears. She said “I am a nurse, I will make you better” then she checked Jeremiah’s knees again and then she packed away all her DR stuff and said “OK I have had enough of being a Nurse, I am going to be a Fairy now” I just burst out laughing, she said it so seriously and all I could think of was a real nurse saying that HA HAHAHAH
So I have been looking at our diet and our evening meals and I am just bored and I just feel like I should make more of an effort for Unal and the rest of the family so I sat down with the cookbooks today and my Toddler cook book and I have all our meals planned and I am even going to make breakfast for Eliza and desserts all simple and fast to make but healthy and full of nutrition.
Unal if you are reading don’t be scared I will be following the recipes properly 😀 x
we are watching Lord of the rings. I laugh Unal is always calling me a hobbit as I am small with big feet. The movie reminds me of Australia we went every Boxing day to the cinema to watch them.
Guess I am missing Australia a little bit at the moment spoken twice about it in one entry and I dreamt about it last night. I do love that country for many reasons.  Although watching this movie filmed in NZ is seriously making me want to visit that country. Unal and I both want to see the mountain ranges there. As our families know we love walking and spent our first ever trip together in the mountains and we continued to every year we could.
Hopefully we shall get a weekend of two away soon-ish before the weather turns for the worse! I will be back to add some pictures to this entry. But they are on my other computer!

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