Friday, 7 July 2017


I seem to of been incredibly busy and a bit distracted lately, busy due lots of soft fruit ready and in need of picking, so picking, sorting, freezing, dehydrating etc. Not complaining but it takes a long time to pick gooseberries from 2 bushes and all those thorns ouch!! We've had a huge crop of raspberries, eaten loads but frozen some to use in baking or to add to porridge, managed to actually grow enough peas to freeze some, M normally eats them all before I get a chance and the french beans are nearly ready for picking. Have some late harvesting peas to put in this weekend, be great if we can extend the pea season.

 Distracted because M's hospital appointment was finally due, we've known for a long time that she will need braces on her teeth but appointment with the orthodontist, discovered it was going to be a bit more complex than that. Our hospital visit confirmed this, her top jaw is too small and needs widening and her teeth at the back do not meet either, which makes chewing very difficult, this will need surgery to correct. This on top of the sensory issues she has really does explain a lot of the issues she has with chewy foods! The whole process will take 3 years, surgery won't be till she is at least 18 as she needs to be fully grown before they do it, we will go back in a years time to start the process. Think the process will be tough on her and us but need to look at the long term benefits, this comes on top of the surgery she will need on her nose at 18 so she can actually breath through her nose properly, she is in for a bit of a tough ride :(

Anyway onto something happier, lots of garden photos, I love cornflowers, plenty of buds too, so should have a lovely display soon.

Have I mentioned I love sweet peas, these were from a mixed colour selection but seem to of managed to just pick out the pink ones!




blueberries, under netting now in the hope that when ripe we get to eat more than the birds!

The jasmine is flowering well this year and the bottom of the garden smells divine, have taken some cuttings, it will be lovely to have some at the front of the house, having a waft of that gorgeous smell every time you leave or come home.

The rabbits have discovered they love grape vine leaves, it's lovely watching them trying to reach the higher ones, as they balance on their back legs.

Had a lovely day at the county motor show, lots for all of us to see and do. L got to sit in the driving seat of one of the huge lorries, my that is a long way up!

They usually have an animal handling section, which the girls love, M wanted to hold the largest snake they had, as we waited in the queue, she was debating which to do, I encouraged her to go with her first choice (not bad for someone who doesn't like snakes) and she was so pleased with herself for doing it, picture further down, L held a chameleon.

L wanted to go on the bouncy castles but didn't want to go on by herself, which made M's day as she got to go on as well to help her through, so happy girls.

Also at the weekend L's maths workbooks arrived, these  are the saxon maths ones and I have used them with both the older two and we loved them. These were supposed to be for September but she couldn't wait to see what they were and to start, she ingeniously used the holes that are punched in the work book to hold her pencils while not in use. Enjoying a quieter week this week as minded children are on holiday and hubby has booked a few days of work, so hoping weather stays nice and we can do some days out.

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