A home of our own

This time last year we were living in a 5 berth caravan on a campsite. The summer of 2013 was mostly hot, hot, hot with extreme flooding in between.   After 7 months the camping season was (finally) over and we moved into a property made of bricks, a strange little place located out-in-the-sticks on … Continue reading

Ups and Downs of 2013-14

Ups and Downs of 2013-14

These past 18 months have probably been the most ‘normal’ that I’ve experienced since being diagnosed. Apart from a couple of manic highs and one short-lived low, things have been constant and manageable. I’m less worried now about people’s reaction to my bi-polar. Mental illness doesn’t have the stigma it used to have thanks to … Continue reading

Charlotte’s 5th Birthday

Charlotte’s 5th Birthday

It’s been some time since I last posted on my blog and quite a few entries should have appeared before this one, but I couldn’t resist sharing this celebration in the Hewlett household – Charlotte turning 5. “Mummy, am I actually 5 today? Is it really my birthday?” Charlotte whispered in my ear on her … Continue reading

Brrr-illiant

Brrr-illiant

Although it’s not even been a month since moving into the caravan, I’m pleased to say that we are still really enjoying it (although that may be different once the novelty has worn off!)  There are a number of things that we’ve had to overcome or learn about, for example: Too many appliances cause the … Continue reading

On the move

On the move

Have you ever had a holiday in a caravan? How long did you stay? Just wondering, because in less than a fortnight we will be living in one. I’m not on about a mobile home/static caravan, I’m on about the type you hook-up to a car. Yes, we know it’ll be cold. Yes, we know … Continue reading

Advent #7 – check out Christmas lights

Advent #7 – check out Christmas lights

I have loved doing the advent activities this year, possibly even more than the children. It’s been a fab way to do things together while learning about the Christmas Story. On day 7 the activity was to ‘jump in the car and check out the Christmas lights around town’ (thus representing the starry sky above … Continue reading

Tots ‘n’ Tinies Christmas Party 2012

Tots ‘n’ Tinies Christmas Party 2012

It has been rather an emotional roller coaster this term with sad news effecting a couple of ladies linked to our group, leaving many of the mummies in shock and feeling rather numb. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to these ladies, particularly as we approach a time of year that is focused … Continue reading

TWICE in one week – lucky me!

TWICE in one week – lucky me!

I used to go out several times a week BC (before children) and definitely on the weekends for a good ‘session’, whether that be an enjoyable meal with close friends or a crazy girls night out in town.  However, nowadays it’s a less frequent event, I think I’ve only been out a handful of times this year! … Continue reading

Christmas Biscuits

Christmas Biscuits

My children are better at baking than me. Although I persevere with the whole cake making thing, the fact is I’m just not a natural.  I’ve made carrot and ginger cake, forgetting to add the carrot and ginger, I’ve had a cake literally explode in the oven and used jelly instead of gelatine in a … Continue reading

Helpful Christmas Magic for Mums

Helpful Christmas Magic for Mums

I’ve found a number of websites that really get me into the Christmas spirit and offer great ideas that help me teach my children about giving, thinking of others and the birth of Jesus, as well as experiencing the wonderful magic of Christmas.  Here are some of my favourite sites and ideas that I’d like … Continue reading

Spotty Lottie

Spotty Lottie

I’m embarrassed to admit that my first reaction wasn’t about poor Charlotte, but it was how on earth I would manage to entertain the children (stuck indoors with no company) for about 2 weeks.  Some of my mummy friends had warned me that this was the hardest thing about chickenpox – what to do during … Continue reading

Quick fix at the flicks –

Quick fix at the flicks –

To say Charlotte is testing the boundaries right now is a massive understatement.  She has developed a naughty streak (big time) which I don’t know how to handle, as explained here. However, I’m trying to remain as positive as possible and determined to deal with this ‘phase’ the best I can. One thing I’ve read … Continue reading

We made it to half-term!

We made it to half-term!

Charlotte starts school -  I’d been both dreading and looking forward to the first day of school. It’s a really strange time for a Mother, as you see your (very) little one entering the big-wide-world without your constant care and protection.  It made me realise that my little Charlotte is becoming a little person in … Continue reading

Catching Balls & Babies

Catching Balls & Babies

Back to Netball I’ve been dipping in and out of netball since I was about 10 years old, starting as an energetic centre court player and now just managing to play goal defence.  I’m so pleased to have signed-up to Swan Netball, an established, friendly and well known team with great coaches and players.  I … Continue reading

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Now that Autumn is here and Summer seems to be well and truly over, I feel it’s the right time to sumarize  what we got up to during the school holidays of 2012. In all honesty, I felt very anxious before the holidays, worried about what to do with the children and how to keep them … Continue reading

My husband is having a mid-life crisis!

My husband is having a mid-life crisis!

My gorgeous and wonderful husband is having a mid-life crisis, fortunately it doesn’t involve a new woman or back-packing around Bora Bora, however, it does involve a motorbike.  Jez has just completed his 125cc test and is about to tackle his theory and ‘big bike’ test in November.  Of course, I will support him and … Continue reading

Champions: Big and Little

Champions: Big and Little

(Final instalment of Summer 2012) 1st Place for Frisbee Genius I can not deny the fact that I use the iPod as a babysitter now and again, maybe a little too much as my son has developed a talent for playing the game Frisbee. He turns and directs the frisbee through various courses collecting awards … Continue reading

Charlotte’s 4th Birthday

Charlotte’s 4th Birthday

Charlotte was awake before anyone in the house, well apart from Grand-dad who always wakes early. By half past seven we were wondering where our usual ‘morning call’ was and decided to get up, thinking Charlotte may even be having a lye-in! Har, har, no such luck, she was patiently waiting with Grand-dad for her … Continue reading

Leavers Party 2012 Tots ‘n’ Tinies

Leavers Party 2012 Tots ‘n’ Tinies

Today was the end of an era for a number of mummies and children at our lovely church toddler group.  It was Charlotte’s last day, along with half a dozen other boys and girls, who will be starting school or pre-school in September.  Today was an opportunity to say goodbye, present a gift and have … Continue reading

Tots ‘n’ Tinies Paulton’s Park Trip 2012

Tots ‘n’ Tinies Paulton’s Park Trip 2012

After organising the most complicated trip of the year, a group of mummies and friends from our lovely Tots ‘n’ Tinies group ventured to Paulton’s Park, Romsey.  It wasn’t as much of a wash-out as the trip last year, at least there was some blue sky today!  Fortunately, I managed to take a few photos … Continue reading

Eurocamp – France 2012

Eurocamp – France 2012

I can understand why people go to Eurocamp year after year.  We had a wonderful time in Clary’s Plage in the Vendee, France recently.  We stayed in a tent, which was new this year so very nice, clean and fresh, it had all the mod-cons, such as a fridge, cooker and real beds – quite … Continue reading

Proud to be British once again – Diamond Jubilee 2012

Proud to be British once again – Diamond Jubilee 2012

I wasn’t really interested in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee until I watched a recent documentary about her life on TV. I developed an admiration and interest in this marvellous lady and felt encouraged to discover more about the Royal family, past, present and future. It was a nice feeling to see homes, streets, buildings … Continue reading

First camping trip of 2012

First camping trip of 2012

We pitched up at Forest Edge campsite in Ringwood on perhaps the hottest day of the year so far. Fortunately, we were situated a stones throw from a lovely, inviting swimming pool……which we soon discovered wasn’t open until the day after we would finish camping. Never mind, we could still take advantage of the facilities … Continue reading

A change of direction

We have been carefully reviewing our plans about moving to France and, for a number of reasons, we do not feel that now is the right time for us. Too many doors have been closing, too many bible verses keep speaking to us which has led us to believe we are to stay in the … Continue reading

Yippee – Summer is here!

What lovely weather we’re having……at long last!  However, the children were overheating, becoming rather hot and bothered, so we took a quick trip to the supermarket and took advantage of the air conditioning; and in particular the fridge isles.  We couldn’t stay there all day without being suspected of shoplifting, so we headed home and … Continue reading

William’s 2nd birthday

William’s 2nd birthday

The last 2 years have, in some ways, flown by, but in other ways so much has happened it’s hard to believe just how much we’ve crammed into 24 months. William has just celebrated his 2nd birthday and I wanted to capture some of the moments on my blog. William is a very happy little … Continue reading

My Anxious Easter Holidays

My Anxious Easter Holidays

They didn’t get off to a good start; what with rainy weather and me developing stupid anxiety/panic attacks about going out! ( I think this was partly a reaction to my new bipolar medication and not very nice to experience).  However, we did manage a few trips to Paulton’s Park; which the kids loved and … Continue reading

Danebury Hillfort, Nr Stockbridge

Danebury Hillfort, Nr Stockbridge

We explored most of Danebury Hillfort in thick cloud and drizzle, but it made the experience even more fun for the children when we sheltered under trees and inside a den that we discovered.  Charlotte and William both selected sticks which they carried around for most of the adventure. Charlotte’s stick was actually a weapon … Continue reading

What does Easter mean to YOU?

What does Easter mean to YOU?

Well, it’s a bit like Christmas isn’t it? Except instead of Father Christmas, the Easter bunny comes along and hides loads of chocolate eggs for children to find over the whole of Easter weekend.  Plus, nowadays we give each other cards and expensive presents like at Christmas-time and Birthdays.  We even have days off work … Continue reading

France visit

France visit

The warmth of William’s sick seaping through my clothes and covering half of the cabin was enough to make me chuck up big style. It was possibly the worst ferry crossing ever, I had to wrap a bed-sheet around my body and visit reception to request a new, clean cabin……..while lorry drivers made their way … Continue reading

I’ve won an award!

I’ve won an award!

I’ve won an award from the Versatile Blogger! I was kindly nominated by my good friend at theoldpolicehouse. Quite simply, the nomination is the award itself – so I’m already a winner and am going to enjoy the moment!  In fact, the award is more of a blogger-to-blogger chain letter/encourager, as once you become a … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day – Something Spicy!

Valentine’s Day – Something Spicy!

Jez and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day any more, not because we are a boring, old married couple (which we are but that‘s not the reason!), we find it‘s so expensive, the price of anything coloured red is inflated for about a fortnight.  Also, I know it’s a cliché, but we don’t need to be romantic … Continue reading

Snow business like….

Snow business like….

Charlotte woke at 5am and as soon as the daylight hit the back garden she noticed it.  Her face lit up and she screamed with joy “LOOK Mummy, SNOW, real snow, LOOK!” It was a moment I won’t forget as this is the first time she has really been able to express her excitement about … Continue reading

There’s no school like Jo’s school!

There’s no school like Jo’s school!

It is sometimes hard to fully embrace the roll of being a Mum and difficult to find a sensible balance between motherhood and wanting your own identity or “me time”.  As I check out Facebook, eBay and type away on my blog simply enjoying my adult time, I also know that God’s plan is for … Continue reading

Finish the sentance: “Bipolar and bingeing on ………..”

Finish the sentance: “Bipolar and bingeing on ………..”

You can enter anything really: shopping, eating, drinking, smoking, drug taking, working, Facebooking(!) etc.  Bingeing is described as “Unrestrained and often excessive indulgence. An act of compulsive consumption.” There are times we all do things to excess, fortunately for most it is a short lived thing or it can be controlled with some will-power without … Continue reading

The France Show 2012, Earls Court London

The France Show 2012, Earls Court London

Although it wasn’t quite the same as stepping across the Channel, the France Show 2012 at Earl’s Court London was a great experience. Our main reasons for attending the exhibition were to give us a chance to spend the whole day together without the children and to see Sally from Les Bons Voisins, LBV. We … Continue reading

Rodney the Stable Rat

Rodney the Stable Rat

Charlotte didn’t sleep much last night, as she was so excited about her forthcoming appearance in the school nativity play.  Yes, it’s that time of year when every proud mummy announces that their child will be on stage, regardless of their role. Well, I’m one of those mummies and I was as proud as punch … Continue reading

Exploring the West

Exploring the West

Tuesday was spent visiting what would be our nearest town and city.  Chateaulin is a beautiful town with the Brest-Nantes canal running through the centre.  It is very picturesque and had a good number of shops and places to explore.  However, Quimper is simply breathtaking, the enormous Cathedral was magnificent, the adorable medieval buildings and … Continue reading

Travelling West

Travelling West

Monday was a day full of viewings in Finistere.  How spending the day travelling around and looking at houses can be so exhausting for us adults I don’t know! Maybe it is something to do with having two lively children who want to touch everything they are not supposed to.  Our first viewing was at … Continue reading

A proper way to remember

A proper way to remember

It was Armistice Day and we observed 2 minutes silence at 11 o clock (well, as silent as you can get with two little ones!)  We saw several groups of people gathering to lay wreaths in numerous villages in memory of those lives lost in World War I and to commemorate the ‘armistice’ signed by … Continue reading

Looking for less land

Looking for less land

This was a day packed with viewings around Moncontour. Each house was better than the last and Cassady, the estate agent, showed us a number of properties that I’d actually discarded for one reason or another.  In fact the property we felt was most suitable was one I’d not even shortlist but actually ‘felt’ quite … Continue reading

The only toddler group in Brittany!

The only toddler group in Brittany!

Our night was OK, we slept on the floor and although we probably saw every hour the children slept soundly! Jez was great with the kids, showing them the lorries departing the ferry and allowing them both to sit in the front on my lap, they seemed so excited it was lovely. The journey to … Continue reading

All aboard

Travelling to France on the night ferry, with our two lively children, worked surprisingly well. We chose against a cabin and reserved just 2 reclining seats – we figured that as Charlotte and William don’t sleep very well even at home, that paying for a cabin would be pointless. Once we’d boarded and after exploring … Continue reading