Posted in March 2013

Blogger – #SnapHappyBritMums


Today’s theme for the BritMums daily photography challenge is Blogger. This is my Dad and at 85 years of age he was blogging. Dad never stopped taking up new things and learning. Blogging was one of his final journeys. Here are some examples of what he had to say. https://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/a-right-royal-tribute-from-grandad/ https://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/healthcare-by-numbers/ Of course, Dad passed … Continue reading

I knew you would come


I knew you would come one day. You did not know where to find me and I had all the time in the world to wait. I know your story. You know only part of mine. After all, until Tuesday, we had never met. I laugh at the way I fascinate you. You don’t half … Continue reading

Almond Brittle Cake recipe


Almond Brittle Cake Calories per serving: 623 Fat per serving: 35.5g Serves 12 Ingredients 150g (5oz) Kerrygold block butter, now softer 175g (6oz) caster sugar 3 large eggs, beaten 150g (5oz) self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 75g (3oz) ground almonds 2 tsp milk Almond Brittle vegetable oil, for greasing 100g (4oz) granulated sugar 100g … Continue reading

Quirky bargain finds


Charity shopping is one of my greatest pleasures. I used to blog about my bargain finds but don’t seem to have done so recently. So here for your delectation are some recent things that add a little something to my home. I like this little duckling. Makes me think of Spring especially with the addition … Continue reading

The curious case of the missing handkerchiefs


“Who’s had my handkerchiefs?” bellowed Him Indoors. “Why on earth would anybody want them apart from you?” replied Her Indoors with irritation. In the midst of all things school-run, it is never easy when an additional child in the shape of a husband shows up. The handkerchiefs are fancy ones that he wears in his … Continue reading

He loved the sea – #SnapHappyBritMums


When I saw today’s theme for #SnapHappyBritMums, this photo came immediately to my mind. Dad had a deep love of the sea. It started when he heard tales of the Navy from a family member as a child. He joined the Sea Cadets and signed up for the Royal Navy as soon as he was … Continue reading

Red Nose Day Fun (and the odd crisis)


Red Nose Day. We knew it was coming. This year, I was determined to be prepared. Red Noses were purchased ages ago. I read all the letters and posters so that I knew exactly what each of the children’s 3 schools were doing to make the day. Last night, my tween reassured me he had … Continue reading

I miss my parents


It is almost 6 months since Dad passed away and 3 and a half since Mum did. Does this mean that I am now a grown-up? It certainly means I have to work things out for myself. I remember growing up how Mum would always tell me “You will always have a bed here no … Continue reading

Adapting to secondary school


My first child went to secondary school last year. Since then, his grades have dropped and he seems to have no respect for the school. He is having detentions for the first time in his school career and being sent out of class. I have felt blind as to what his days at school are … Continue reading