I’m back and here’s a little catch up…

Branksome Chine beach

Gosh it’s been a long old time since my last blog post and I think the longer you leave it the harder it is to get back on and post.

But here I am after a little break… lots of things have happened, but it’s all good and I want to get back into posting regularly on my little blog.  I want this to be my on-line journal where all our special family memories, my thoughts, feelings and inspirations are captured and can be looked back on in years to come.

I received a notification from WordPress that my annual renewal was due, and if not renewed my blog could be deleted.  Yikes, all gone!  So this is what really prompted me into thinking ‘come on girl, get your act together, otherwise there’s gonna be a whole big part of your life missing on this ole blog of mine‘.  So here I am.

Christmas came and went in a flurry and we celebrated New Year’s Eve with some lovely friends.  It’ll soon be Easter and I’m feeling quite festive (if you can feel festive about Easter) and looking forward to a bit of time off with the family.  Oh and there’ll be chocolate eggs of course too – though not too many for me!!

But what I’m really looking forward to is – – – SPRING!  I can’t wait!  Leading on to some lovely summer months; pleeeease.

So looking forward to getting our garden sorted and being able to sit out and enjoy it – bring it on Mr Lovely Weather.

Last weekend we headed down to our beach hut and it was bliss.  It was a sunny day and in the shelter was really quite warm.  I even fell asleep in the sunshine on the balcony.  So, I’m planning to spend more time there this year.  If it’s looking like a nice day, I’m gonna pack up my bag, grab Kipster and head off for a chill at my little beach haven.  It’s such a beautiful place to be.

For now, I’ll leave you with some pics taken down at the beach to give us all a flavour of hopefully what is to come.

Branksome Beach

sand from the beach

shells at the beach hut

Kipster on the beach

Hope you’re all good and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

It’s MrD’s birthday tomorrow, so we’re off out for a nice birthday breakfast.

Carpe Diem x

Baby French Lop rabbits – introducing the newest members of the family

If you read my post, French Lop rabbits you’ll already know that we were looking forward to welcoming two baby French Lop bunnies to our family.

Well, I’m pleased to say that we are now a family of seven – MrD, MasterB, Kipster, Dilly (also known as the mog), and our two new buns… oh and of course myself.

So before the exciting day of picking them up came, names had to be discussed.

A lot of disagreement ensued (I didn’t think we were ever all going to agree)… however, we finally agreed to go down the ‘French‘ route, seeing as they’re French Lops.

So without further ado, may I introduce our darling Pierre…

Pierre the french lop

and of course our little girlie, Fleur…

Fleur the french lop

Oh my, they are sooooooooooo cute!

On the day of pick up we met their mum’s and dads (both from different litters, but born days apart) who are all HOOOOGE but absolutely gorgeous, giving us an idea as to how big our babies are going to get – eeeeek!!

We were lucky enough to have found an exceptional breeder, clearly knowing all there is to know about French Lops and so we knew straight away we were in safe hands with our babies.

They have both proved to be absolutely delightful and beyond our expectations, having settled into life with us so well and becoming the best of friends (now called brother and sister) as this picture shows…

Fleur and Pierre the french lops

Can you actually believe how adorable they are.  I can’t.  And they’re soooooo soft too!

They met for the first time on the journey home from Ross-on-Wye when I sat with them both on my lap having snuggles for three hours.  I think this actually worked really well for them to bond both with each other and me.  Luckily we didn’t have any accidents on the way home, although we did have pee pads (puppy training pads) just in case.

They really are the friendliest pair and absolutely love being fussed and stroked.

People don’t realise just how friendly rabbits are.

Fleur and Pierre

Every day they come in to the house for cuddles and a bit of fussing and then they sprawl out on their throw on the sofa and have a little snooze.  Awwww it’s just so cute.

We all love them to bits already, although MasterB is having a bit of a reaction to them at the moment which we are hoping is just to their ultra soft and fluffy baby fur.  He’s having to take an anti-histamine before touching them which is doing the job just fine, but we’re hoping once they molt and lose their baby fur he will be much better (fingers crossed).

They’ve also adapted to having a dog around them very well too.  A little unsure and nervous to start with, they’ve both taken it in their stride and now don’t take much notice of Kipster at all.  Kipster on the other hand is absolutely beside herself.  She loves rabbits and becomes very excited around them.  She wouldn’t hurt them, but I think wants to play with them – not sure they’ll have any of that to be honest, but she’s not giving up.

Kipster watching the bunnies

Kipster watching the new bunnies with interest…

I’ll be talking a lot more about our baby bunnies in the forthcoming weeks as to how they’re settling, growing and the new home we’ve made for them, so keep a watch out for those blog posts.

Do you have rabbits or ever had rabbits?  They really do make such good pets.

Carpe Diem x

Pierre and Fleur our French Lop rabbits are ten weeks old in these pictures.  Due to their large breed they are already around the size of a normal rabbit.  They will reach between 9-13 pounds in weight.

Half term – a birthday and trip to London

Apologies, but here’s a belated mini round-up of our adventures during MasterB’s birthday and half-term.

We celebrated young B’s 11th birthday in the morning with presents and croissants – Kipster had to help too!  Although it has to be said she was a little disappointed that none of these were for her.  She’s too used to receiving her own birthday and Christmas presents (spoilt pooch or what).

Kipster and the birthday presents

Once presents had been opened and the last bits popped in the suitcase we hot-footed it up to London for a three day break – although MrD hadn’t planned the timing too well, bearing in mind it was the Rugby World Cup semi-finals!!!  We were subsequently held up in traffic and diverted, but we arrived in London as excited as ever.  MasterB has been known to stand on the platform of the tube station and sigh ‘Ahhhh I’m home‘ – how scary is that – I just know my baby is gonna move to London the first chance he gets.

MasterB on the train

Oh my heart… my gorgeous 11 year old

It’s sort of become a bit of a tradition that during the October half term we head to London where we stay at The Grange Hotel, Holburn.  For us this is perfect because it’s so central to everything and you can even walk to Covent Garden from there.  The hotel is very nice and pleasant without being over the top and has the advantage of a swimming pool and spa.  The boys can go swimming first thing, whilst I enjoy a nice massage – – – everyone’s a winner!

We had planned to go to the London Film Museum in the afternoon where they were showcasing the Bond in Motion Exhibition with actual vehicles used in past and present films.

London Film Museum

I have to say it was really interesting seeing real life relics from the Bond films (including Bond’s passport) and MrD being a bit of a 007 fan was in heaven and enjoyed explaining things to MasterB.

James Bond car

We all enjoyed it very much and it’s definitely worth a visit if you have a chance.

We had a VIP tour of the Houses of Parliament.  A dear friend of mine (who mixes in high circles) arranged this for us and was conducted by a friend of hers, Stephen Benn.  Stephen took precious time out of his schedule to give us an amazing insight into what goes on and we were all fascinated by the ins and outs of parliament.  We really were very lucky indeed (Stephen  is a wealth of knowledge with dates, names and places at the tip of his tongue when recalling stories to us) but did you know you can arrange for your local MP to give you a tour of the HofP?

Houses of Parliament

We normally try to fit a show in whilst we are up in the big smoke and this time we were lucky enough to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I have to say, it’s not my favourite show we’ve been to see, but it was enjoyable and the sets were amazing and the young boy who played Charlie the night we were there was brilliant – well done him!

We had meals out, including the Rain Forest Cafe, Piccadilly on MasterB’s birthday evening as his chosen restaurant where we enjoyed huuuge burgers and ribs.  They also made the poor boy stand on his chair whilst the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to him (embarrassed doesn’t come close!!).

We had cake…


and enjoyed drinks in the hotel lobby after long days on our feet…

The Grange Hotel lobby

I popped in to Liberty of London (my fave store) with a couple of friends whilst the boys did Hamleys.  Again everyone was a winner!  I made a small purchase in Liberty, which I will share with you in a separate post – so look out for that one.

MasterB also attended a comic workshop at the Cartoon Museum where he was helped by a professional cartoonist to create his own character and a comic-strip.  He had great fun for a couple of hours, whilst MrD and I headed to the British Museum.

Look out for the Cartoon Museum’s workshops during school holidays, because it’s incredibly cheap and great fun for them to take part in if you happen to be in London.

On the Wednesday before we headed home, we met up with some other friends for frozen yoghurt (as you do when you’re in London) at fro-go and then headed over to the Shard.

frozen yoghurt

Having promised MasterB we’d take him up the Shard, but hadn’t had time before, we suggested a little trip up to Aqua, one of the bars on the 32nd floor.

This is a shot looking up at the Shard – it really is an amazing glass building.  And look at that sky for a November day too!

The Shard

Unfortunately, we just missed out on the last table (as children aren’t allowed to stand at the bar) and as we hadn’t booked, grrrrr, we weren’t able to stay.  But I did manage to get this shot before we left…

view from the Shard

How spectacular is that!  It’s fabulous up there and next time we will definitely be booking a table.

We crammed so much into this visit, we all came home exhausted.  Happy but exhausted.

London really is an amazing place – there’s just so much to see and do all of the time.  Every time we go we experience new things.

China Town London

It certainly was a birthday to remember for MasterB!

Do you like visiting London?  What’s your favourite place to go?

Carpe Diem x

My week in pictures #18

I’m here just a day late with ‘My week in pictures‘.

This is where, in a bid to take more photos, I set myself a little challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

I then choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  It’s my weekly visual feast.

I’m also over on Instagram where more of my daily photos appear – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

So here’s last week’s which commenced Monday, 5 October and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

weekly collage

Monday:  MrD and I had a trip to West Quay in Southampton – strangely I was sat outside the men’s changing room in John Lewis!!  Make out of that what you will!

Tuesday:  Lunch at the gorgeous Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington – thoroughly recommended.

Wednesday:  Time for the autumn nails and scarves to make an appearance.  Loving this colour too.

Thursday:  MrD and I, oh and the pooch, had a gorgeous walk along the beach to Sandbanks.  The weather was great and I got some really nice pics on my phone – should have taken my big camera, grrrr!  You can read my a daycation to Sandbanks in Poole post for more pics.

Friday:  I received a Christmas bouquet from the lovely people at Prestige Flowers – yes you read that right, a Christmas bouquet.  Look out for a review post coming up on them soon.

Saturday:  My gorgeous MasterB who for once, let me take some quick (and I mean quick) snaps of him when out on a walk.

Sunday:  Ooops it was chocolates and a glass of good old Blush Sunday night whilst watching the tv.

Awwwww it was a great week all in all last week – MrD and I had some time off together and so it was all about spending quality time together.  Lovely – thank you.

Have a great week.

Carpe Diem x

A daycation to Sandbanks in Poole

This is going to be a slightly picture top-heavy post.

Mostly because MrD and I had the chance for a wonderful walk down at Sandbanks beach yesterday and the weather was soooo kind to us, I took over 40 photos on my phone.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to share 40 with you.  Just a few, because I’d be selfish keeping them to myself if I didn’t!!

view of the Purbecks

This is at the top of the zig zag at Branksome Chine looking towards the Purbecks in the distance.

Branksome beach

That’s Old Harry Rocks right at the end.  You can actually walk there by going over to Studland on the old fashioned chain ferry at Sandbanks and walking right the way along.  Yesterday wasn’t a day for that though *phew*.

the beach at Sandbanks

Looking back towards Bournemouth with the Isle of Wight in the distance.

that sky

I just love the sky in these pictures – it’s quite dramatic.

that sky again

It really was quite hot on our walk – such a gorgeous early October day.

shells on the beach

beach huts

a fisherman

There was a lone fisherman on the beach.

We walked along holding hands (in between throwing the ball for Kipster) enjoying every moment of the sunshine on our faces.

Of course we had to reward ourselves with a spot of lunch at The Jazz Cafe at Sandbanks.  It was nice to just sit outside in the sun watching the world (and his dog) go by.

hot chocolate

Lifeguards on the beach

No walk would be complete without me snapping some pics of the happy pooch…

Kipster in the sea

Kipster on the sand

She was a very happy girlie indeed.

Kipster rolling in the sand

This is the life … aaaahhhhh bliss.


Aren’t we lucky?  And what a bonus for an October day.

two people walking on the beach

I love this picture too.  I have no idea who those two people are, but thank you for being in the right place at the right time  (right in the middle of my shot as I took it) – perfect!

Do you have a special place you like to go for a walk?

Carpe Diem x

My Thursday thought… #6

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought.

This could be a special quote I’ve found, or a saying or passage of text or something similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes a chord with me it’ll be popping up somewhere along the line.

It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

My Thursday thought

Be the type of person that you want to meet

I really love this and I like this way of thinking.

I’d like to think (for the most part) that I’m the kind of person I’d really like to meet and get to know and even be friends with.  It’s certainly something to aspire to and so that’s why this week I’ve chosen this one.

The image is my own and was taken today at Sandbanks beach.  It was the most glorious day and MrD and I had a lovely stroll along this totally gorgeous beach that we are lucky enough to live near.  It stretches on for miles and miles.  Kipster enjoyed lots of ball throwing so she was a happy girlie too.

I hope you enjoy my Thursday thought for this week.

Carpe Diem x

As this image is my own I will be pinning it to my ‘Words’ board over on Pinterest where you can follow me.

I’m linking this post with Cuddle Fairy’sCandid Cuddles‘ weekly linky.

Cuddle Fairy

My week in pictures #17

I haven’t posted one of my series of posts ‘My week in pictures‘ for a little while, but this week it’s back.

This is where, in a bid to take more photos, I set myself a little challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

I then choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  It’s my weekly visual feast.

I’m also over on Instagram where lots more of my daily photos appear – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

So without further ado, here’s last week’s commencing Monday, 21 September and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

weekly collage

Monday:  It was a really lovely day, and I enjoyed a cup of tea in the garden.

Tuesday:  Despite being nice in the day, it chilled off in the evening and so we lit the wood burner.  Kipster enjoys lying in front of it – what dog wouldn’t?

Wednesday:  My cutie pie – Kipster.

Thursday:  Enjoying a glass of Blush – my fave tipple.

Friday:  The pooch and I enjoyed a gorgeous walk over at Upton Country Park which is local to us.  It was absolutely beautiful and you can read more about our walk here.

Saturday:  Again, another lovely day and here’s the mog enjoying a bit of sun-bathing.

Sunday:  My new bunny cushion!

Last week we had some really lovely weather again, hooray, although you can definitely tell it’s much more autumnal as it cools off in the evening.

Have a great week.

Carpe Diem x

Sunshine, happy dog and Segways – I give you Upton Country Park

It’s Friday… yay and the sun is shining here in Dorset… double yay!!

I hope it is with you too.

The pup and I went out on a glorious walk this morning – the sun was shining and it felt good to be alive with that sun on my face.  Kipster was loving it too and was hopping and skipping which she does when she’s really happy.

I wrapped up warm thinking it would be quite chilly out, but in fact it was warmer than I thought so ended up taking my scarf off.

We pootled off to lovely Upton Country Park, which luckily for us is a five minute drive in the car.  I love it there and so does Kipster and they’ve introduced a new area to the park which allows dogs off lead, which is great.

Upton House through the woods

We saw this group of lovely ladies off on a Segway tour of the park – they were having such a giggle it was contagious and I just had to get a couple of snaps of them.

Segways at Upton House

… and off they go

Segways at Upton House

We did Segways when we were in Antigua in May and it really is such fun.  You should try it if you haven’t had a go.

It was such a glorious walk this morning I thought I would simply share some pictures with you that I took along the way…

Kipster on the bridge

Check out the dainty paw…

Kipster going for a paddle

Kipster paddling

Not sure how far to go…

Kipster paddling

Searching for those ducks – not sure where they’ve gone?

Kipster paddling

sheep at Upton House

Spot the Kipster!

spot the Kipster

The view up through the trees was a wonderful sight (though this doesn’t do it justice).

up through the trees

Upton House

After a lovely walk Kipster was back in the car and ready to head home.  She knows she gets a chew when she gets back so think she was keen to get going; cheeky madam.

Kipster in the car

The lovely thing about having a dog, is it gets you out and about and when the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and you’ve got a happy pooch running around sniffing all the good sniffs there’s nothing better.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and long may that sun shine.

Carpe Diem x

I’m linking this post with the very lovely Ali over at My Life My Love and equally lovely Steph who blogs at Diary of a midlife mummy for their weekly linky #ThisWeekIveLoved…


My Captured Moment #17

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to special times.

This week, I’ve chosen a little series of photos…

My Captured Moment #17

Ready steady go

Ready – Steady – Go!

Barnaby and Kipster in the garden

How adorable are these two.

Kipster and Barnaby

These shots were taken after we had just picked up our gorgeous little Border Terrier puppy, Kipster.  We headed straight out to the garden to see if she would perform any little jobs for us (which of course she didn’t) and I just love how MasterB interacted with her.  It was so sweet to watch.

Kipster and Barnaby Love

These really are special moments in time and I’m so glad we captured them.

Carpe Diem x

Running in Lavender

If you’d like to read part one of the Kipster story, you can do do that here…

My week in pictures #16

Welcome to my series of posts ‘My week in pictures‘.

This is where, in a bid to take more photos, I set myself a little challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

I then choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  It’s my weekly visual feast.

I’m over on Instagram too where lots more of my daily photos appear – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

Here’s last week’s commencing Monday, 17 August and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

my week in pictures

Monday:  My girl, Kipster, snuggled on my lap – it was cold so we had the fluffy throw over us.

Tuesday:  Flowers from the garden and my feeble attempt at growing sweet peas this year.

Wednesday:  MasterB being silly in Giraffe whilst we wait to go see our film.  This, incidentally, was just before he knocked the whole glass over!

Thursday:  The photos on top of the piano were treated to a dust off.  Ahh that’s better you can see them all better now.

Friday:  My gorgeous surf dude down at the beach.  It was the Bournemouth air show this weekend and luckily Friday and Saturday were nice days so we headed straight down to the beach hut.

Saturday:  Sand. Beach. Beach hut. Sun. Shells. Happy.

Sunday:  Scrummy brunch.

Not a bad week considering it was a real mixed bag weather wise.  Can’t believe that one night we actually lit the word burner.

Have a great week ahead.

Carpe Diem x

My week in pictures #15

A while back now, I set myself a challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little  moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

Then I choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  I call it my weekly visual feast.

I’m definitely taking more photos each day and I also post to Instagram – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

Here’s last week’s commencing Monday, 10 August and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

weekly collage

Monday:  It was such a dull and dark start to the day, I had my twinkly lights on in the bedroom.

Tuesday:  The sky in the evening was amazing – I suddenly realised that the whole house was a hazy pink colour and rushed outside to have a look.  There was a rainbow in one direction which was stunning.

Wednesday:  On our trip to IKEA and MasterB rather liked this set up – think he might be wanting his playroom converted soon.

Thursday:  This was actually my Captured Moment picture of the week.  It’s a rather scrummy MasterB on holiday in Menorca – I really love this picture of him.

Friday:  Friday night = Blush!

Saturday:  Enjoying a nice walk at our local Upton Country Park – the pooch decided she would paddle.

Sunday:  I wore my new shoes for the first time – soooo comfy and definitely recommended.

So there you have it, my little visual feast of how last week panned out.

Hope you enjoyed it – have a great Monday.

Carpe Diem x

A trip to the donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth

donkey sanctuary

During the holidays we had said we would make a trip down to Sidmouth in Devon to the donkey sanctuary.

MasterB sponsors one of the donkeys down there called Walter and so we thought it was time for another visit.

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by a wonderful lady called Elisabeth Svendsen having been moved by seeing donkeys crammed into a small pen.  This prompted her into trying to do all she could to save as many donkeys as she could and the donkey sanctuary was her dream.  She’s still very hands-on even to this day.

The founder, Elisabeth Svendsen

The founder, Elisabeth Svendsen

When you wander around the sanctuary there’s a barn with a timeline that runs around the whole room – it’s great to see when it all started and the progress that has been made.

the timeline

If you haven’t been, it’s a definite recommendation for a visit – you can easily spend all day there, so a great day out during the holidays.

First stop was to try and locate Walter and we were directed up to one of the far paddocks where he was said to be.  Off we tootled…

When walking around the sanctuary one thing that really stood out was how clean and tidy it was.  Not a spot of litter anywhere and the conditions the donkeys are kept in is absolutely immaculate.  It makes you feel that money is being well spent.

Walter the donkey


Walter was in a good mood and quite happy to be stroked and whispered to by all the children.

As we were wandering around we found the most beautiful walled garden.  There was a place for plaques in memory of those who had helped Dr Svendsen in setting up the sanctuary and those, including mules, who had died in the war.

It was the loveliest spot and one I could have spent all day to be honest.

the walled garden

the walled garden

cast iron donkey

We had a great day visiting all the different donkeys and they even have a hospital for those who have been poorly and are recovering.  Such a lovely facility to have on-site.

donkey hospital

poorly hoof

saying hello

We seemed to end up following one of the grooms around the sanctuary as she brought out different adopted donkeys for everyone to stroke and say hello to.  We spoke to her and she had been working at the sanctuary for a year and yet knew every donkey’s name and knew them all by sight – wow, that’s impressive (especially considering I can’t even remember MasterB’s name some days ha ha).  And they all clearly loved her.

donkey groom

Other pictures taken around the sanctuary …

donkey sanctuary



I particularly loved these huge fluffy donkeys (picture below, sorry for the fuzzyness but I just HAD to include them) – they’re right up my street.  They were from a place just outside Paris and were used to slightly warmer climes hence their gorgeous longer coats.

shaggy donkey

There’s a great cafe there for food and drinks and of course a shop that sells all sorts of donkey memorabilia – so everyone’s kept happy.  They’re also dog friendly at the sanctuary so our lovely Kipster was able to spend the day with us admiring the donkeys too.

The last picture I took was as we were leaving the sanctuary after a full day there – I looked up to the field on the hill and saw this…

donkeys on the hill

It was so funny seeing them all in a line and I can only assume they were feeding because it was just so strange to see them like that.

A really great place to go and support the wonderful work they do.

Gotta love a donkey – such gentle souls.

Carpe Diem x

The love/hate blogger challenge…

love flowers...

Firstly, oooops sorry to my lovely friend Lisa who blogs over at Into the Glade for taking sooooo long to take up the challenge on this one.

But I’m on it now…

The challenge is to quite simply list ten things you love and ten things you hate so that you can get to know each other a little better.  You then have to nominate other bloggers to do the same – or if you don’t blog it’s quite fun to do anyway and I’d love to know what yours are.

So, here’s mine:

Ten things I LOVE (in no particular order):

  1. My family
  2. The sunshine
  3. Our home including the garden
  4. Our pets – currently Kipster (the pooch) and Dilly (the mog)
  5. Our beach hut and living near the sea
  6. Dining out with friends and chatting over a good bottle of wine
  7. Hearing MasterB laugh his head off
  8. Flowers
  9. My car – shallow I know, but I do love my Evoque
  10. A nice deep, hot, bubbly bath, with candles and a nice glass of Blush

Ten things I HATE – a very strong word to use, so in this context I shall just say ‘things I dislike’ (in no particular order):

  1. Sprouts!!!!!  Yuck yuck and more yuck!
  2. On the food theme… liver!  Eugh!!!
  3. Rain and wind together!  Grrrrrr.
  4. When I’ve had my nails done and I chip them within ten minutes – soooo annoying!
  5. People who don’t ‘pick up’ after their dog
  6. Aggressive drivers
  7. When someone says they’re going to do something and they don’t
  8. Cold calls
  9. Being cold – makes me really miserable
  10. The never-ending cycle of cleaning, housework and ironing… boring

Now it’s my turn to nominate some other bloggers if you’d like to join in and if you lovely ladies have already done this, just send me over the link so I can take a looksee at yours…

I nominate

My Life My Love

Diary of a midlife mummy

The adventures of the Bown family

Mummy of boy girl twins

I look forward to reading them and if you’re not a blogger post me a comment with yours.

Carpe Diem x

My Captured Moment #9

Each week I love to link up with the gorgeous Heledd over at Running in Lavender for her weekly ‘My Captured Moment‘.

This is where you share a photo or photos capturing a special moment in time – one or ones not to be forgotten about.

This week I’ve chosen a series of photos…

My Captured Moment #9



Wow I love this boy and check those freckles out.

This was a day last year early October and we had popped down to the beach hut and walked along the gorgeous sands to Sandbanks.

Those of you with a tween know that more often than not you have to produce a carrot in order to get your lovely tween to walk anywhere!!  In this case it was a fab hot chocolate from the trendy Jazz Cafe right on Sandbanks front.

Hot chocolate

Very yummy it was too – yep I had one too.

It was a sunny and quite warm day for the time of year making it all very enjoyable and MasterB was in a particularly good mood – yay!

So I snapped away on my camera…



… of course he had to take his iPod touch – goes without saying eh?

hot chocolate

Kipster and MrD in deep conversation.




It was one of those days that sticks in my memory and so I’m really happy to choose these series of pics for My Captured Moment #9.

Hope you like them too.

Have a wonderful day.

Carpe Diem x

Running in Lavender

My week in pictures #12

So, I set myself a challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – the special moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.

Then the idea is to share one of those with you as a peek into how my week panned out.

Without further ado, here’s last week’s commencing Monday, 29 June and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:


Monday:  It was time for a little sit down and a cup of tea out of my adorable Liberty London mug.  Tea tastes soooo much better in a lovely china mug.

Tuesday:  Awwww a rare moment indeed.  The pup, Kipter, and the mog, Dilly seen lounging in the sun together.

Wednesday:  Flowers dotted around the home – love these gorgeous pink carnations.

Thursday:  The mog showing off in the sunshine.

Friday:  MrD enjoying a rather nice beer in the garden – looking very pleased with himself too.

Saturday:  MrD and I enjoyed some ‘us’ time and popped down to Sandbanks to take in the view – stunning.

Sunday:  An extremely tired cub.  MasterB was on cub camp from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon.  He had a brilliant time and was completely and utterly exhausted at the end of it.

We had some wonderful weather last week which makes life feel sooo much better.  Long may it continue.

Have a great week.

Carpe Diem x