Life in Pictures: September 2014

Its been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but I’m determined to try and get back into blogging from now on, so I thought this post seemed like a good place as any to start.



(clockwise from top left)

1. Oscar on the exercise equipment in the park.

2. Oscar and his friend peering over the bridge at the river

3. Had a few hours to myself so treated myself to lunch

4. Afternoon tea at the Abode in Canterbury.

5. Mum and Oscar feeding the ducks in Faversham on my birthday

6. Oscar drew a smiley face

7. Home-made Choccochino cake

8. Oscar wrote his own name!

9. Ice cream at the beach.


1. Classy dinner on the way to my best friends house

2. Bus station selfie

3. Train selfie

4. My *AMAZING* birthday cake from my best friend.

5. Hot chocolate in our dressing gowns the other morning as it was freezing!

6. Birthday night out with my best friend (yes that was taken in the pub loo’s!)

7. Oscar feeding the ducks

8. Wearing gold glittery shoes on my birthday.


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Meal Planning Monday

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these. I’m still getting to grips with cooking just for me and Oscar and our food bill has dropped drastically as i only really need to do a shop every fortnight.

On the menu this week is:

☆ Tuesday and thursday:
Chicken, mushroom and leek pie

☆ Friday and Sunday:
Spaghetti Bolognaise

Chinese or Indian takeaway as it’s my birthday

☆ Saturday:
I’ll probably have beans or toast before i go out and Oscar is spending the night at my mums.

Now I’ve remembered quite why i stopped doing these posts so much, most weeks I’d only have 2 or 3 meals to post!

What have you go on the menu this week?

Long time…..

Blimey. Long time no speak and all that. I didn’t intend to not blog for nearly 2 months, but life got in the way. It took a fair bit of adjusting to get used to this single parenting lark and then it was the summer holidays and before i knew it, it was September.

I’m hoping now Oscar’s back at nursery I can get myself into a routine which includes blogging again as i do miss it. We went on holiday to Manchester last month so i need to write that up as well.
Anyway, i hope you are all well.


Rare Breeds Centre

Earlier this month both Oscar’s nursery and his playgroup both decided to do trips to the Rare Breeds Centre out near Ashford, within a week of each other. I’d been a few times when I was little but I couldn’t really remember it. Luckily Oscar didn’t care about going twice in the space of a week.

Oscar loved the first barn you go in with the ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits, as they get the guinea pigs and rabbits out so you can pet them.




He talked to some pigs


Saw a goat trying to climb a tree


Saw a massive butterfly which gave mummy the heebie jeebies


But to be honest I think the part Oscar enjoyed most was the playground





Oscar really enjoyed both his trips and there is so much there that we could’ve quite easily spent longer there and not been bored. Hopefully we will get to go again one day.





Lazing on a sunny afternoon

The weather this week has been glorious so me and Oscar have taken full advantage of it, and spent as much time outdoors as possible. My favourite place to be outside, ever since I was a little girl, is my grans garden, and now it’s Oscar’s favourite too.







Where’s your favourite place to spend a sunny afternoon?

My life in pictures, june 2014

Well quite frankly, this month has been pretty shit, no actually it’s been fucking shit, excuse my french. I’ve had my heart ripped out and me and Oscar have been left to pick up the pieces. I would say it’s been one of, if not the worst month of my life. But throughout all the shit, I’ve still managed to take some pictures. So this is my month in the few pictures I took this month.


(Clockwise from left)

* Oscar chasing bubbles in Papou and Yiayia’s garden

* Beautiful sunset

* Oscar’s first sports day

* Asleep in mummy’s bed

* Oscar and I in the woods

* Helping daddy mow the lawn

* Uncle Kris being line judge at Wimbledon


(Clockwise from top)

* Oscar the food blogger

* Sunny day on the swings

* Potty training is done

* Helping paint the wall

* Odd shoes and socks day at nursery

* Sandcastles in the garden

* Wearing his toilet seat as a necklace

* Goats by my grans house

* Me about 22 years ago!

Hopefully July will be alot better!

2 weeks on

2 weeks ago today I became a single parent. There I said it. It’s been understandably a tough 2 weeks, full of tears, forms, phone calls and crap, but on the other hand, my friends and family have been brilliant. I’m not going to go into details of what happened, as that’s between me and Paul (unless you’re friends with either of us in real life) and there are some things I want to keep private, or off here at least.

I’m not going to lie and say it came like a bolt out of the blue as that would be a lie. Things weren’t great between us and we were actually meant to be starting marriage counselling 3 days after we split, so we did have problems. However I thought that we would have a few sessions and then make an informed decision to either carry on or call it quits. But the universe had other ideas, the bastard. Maybe thats why it’s been commented that I’ve been coping well, because things weren’t great before it all kicked off. Had it been a complete bolt out of the blue when I thought things were perfect, well I’m sure I’d be a million times worse than I am. That’s not to say I’m fine when I’m not. It sucks. Big time. Big hairy donkey balls worth of suckiness. Paul was my best friend and now he’s not here and it is hard. I am angry and upset and all those other feelings that come with the end of a 10 yr relationship, and I’m sure I’ll feel even more crap when Paul moves all his stuff out (including the computer I’m trying this on.) I can’t watch certain programmes on tv as they were “our” programmes that we used to watch. I tried to watch one last week, “How I met your mother” and I was crying by the end of it. I can’t listen to our first dance song and Spotify the bastard keeps going to play it. I do still have a wedding picture up but its high up on the wall out of sight so I don’t see it all the time. I took my engagement ring off the other day and that was pretty shit. I’ve worn it constantly for nearly 10 years. only ever taking it off to wash my hair. I stupidly decided to delete our wedding anniversary off the calendar on my phone last week too, I’m not sure why. It’s not like by deleting it off the calendar the day isn’t not going to happen.

But on the positive side, I have Oscar to be strong for, and he is amazing and a big help. I can’t just break down as much as I might want to sometimes, I have to sort things out to make sure we have a roof over our heads and food in our tummies. He misses Paul, of course he does. As his t-shirt says, he’s daddy’s little deputy and always will be. Paul may have been a lousy husband, but he’s still Oscar’s daddy, and a good daddy at that, and that’s not going to change, no matter how things are between us. Paul has somewhere to live now and we’re slowly getting into a routine of him seeing Oscar. We’re keeping it all very informal at the moment as thats what is working for us. I’m not in any rush to get divorced, for a start I don’t have £400 for court costs and neither does he. I’m keeping my surname whatever happens though, I’m not going back to my maiden name! (Sorry to any of my dad’s family reading this!) I’m trying not to think too much about the future, I’m just taking it day by day at the moment, otherwise I’ll be a quivering wreck. But this is my life now.

It’s a family holiday Mummy

……………..Or how I was guilt tripped by a 3 yr old

I thought I would share some of the pictures of our holiday to Spain. Even though it was only a month ago so much has changed since then that it feels like a lifetime ago.


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Oh and the guilt trip? I didn’t want to get into the pool as I’m not the biggest fan of swimming pools, so Oscar came up to me and said “But it’s a family holiday Mummy!” I felt so guilty that I had to get in the pool.


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