The simple kindness of a stranger can mean so much

The other day I posted on my Twitter account that I was feeling under the weather and I had a massive headache. If you are a regular reader then you will know that I suffer quite badly from headaches and it can at times be very debilitating. That was one of those days. What I wasn’t banking on was incredible kindness from a complete stranger!

Incredible

I had a little note on my tweet that said “DM your address I’ll pop a little box of happy in the post for you. Free of charge because it’s rubbish feeling rubbish!” I was amazed that someone who didn’t know me at all had not only taken the time to read my tweet but had also taken on board that I was feeling rubbish and had offered to send me something. At this point I didn’t know what it was all I knew was that someone had taken time out of their day to care.

The next morning the postman knocked on my door with a small parcel. I excitedly opened it and inside was possibly the cutest yet most thoughtful thing. Not only did it have some biscuits, a tea bag and some stickers in there it also had the most amazing little tag that read “Hi Cheryl, I hope you’re feeling better and this helps with smiles” It really did brighten my day. Such a small and simple gesture but one that made a great deal of comfort to me.

So Why am I telling you?

Because what I didn’t know is this came from a company called Brew and a Biscuit  On further investigation of the company I discovered their aim is to simply spread a little happiness. Their little boxes come in a small variety and are less than £5! ( They don’t know I’m writing this so I can assure you they haven’t done anything to influence this post)

I just want to return the kindness they have shown me when I was feeling rubbish by highlighting the fact that they exist.

I’ve been nosying and in actual fact their boxes are very cute. There’s even a chocolate one which I think would be perfect for teenage hormone times!

Take a look and if someone you know if feeling a little down or not themselves then why don’t you send them a box from Brew And A Biscuit

Afternoon Tea – Mercure Madeley Court Hotel – Review- How it SHOULD be done

You may have already read my review of my afternoon tea at the Telford Hotel and Spa and the fact that well quite frankly we didn’t enjoy it at all. After we left there we decided to call the Madeley Court Hotel and see if they could fit us in. They asked us to bear with them and they would call us back. 5 minutes later they called and told us they could fit us in so off we went to attempt afternoon tea for the second time that day. Continue reading “Afternoon Tea – Mercure Madeley Court Hotel – Review- How it SHOULD be done”

Afternoon Tea – Telford Hotel and Golf Resort – Review

On Thursday my friend Anna invited me out for a treat. We’ve both had tricky times recently and she thought it would be nice if we could go out for the afternoon and just relax and enjoy ourselves. She had purchased a voucher from Group On for a spa day. So the plan was that we were going to go to the spa and then enjoy an afternoon tea. Although the voucher ran out on the day we wanted to use it , it was the only chance we had to go with work, children and daily life so my friend was disappointed when she called and was told that she couldn’t use the voucher and it would now go to waste. However she decided to still go for the afternoon tea.  Anna had already been for afternoon tea at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort a few weeks ago and had really enjoyed it so invited me so I could experience it too.

Our experience with Telford Hotel and Golf Resort

We walked into the building and I am very grateful that Anna knew where she was going as I didn’t have a clue and if I hadn’t have been with her I would have struggled to find it as it wasn’t very well sign posted and there didn’t appear to be anyone around to ask either.

As we entered the area for the afternoon tea we made our way to the bar where we were greeted by a friendly guy called Adam. He explained to us that we would have to wait for 30 minutes as we hadn’t pre-booked and we said it was fine as it would give us chance to have a catch up whilst we waited. He advised that he would bring our drinks over to us.

We made our way to the eating area where we were stopped by the waitress who informed us that all of the tables were reserved for the people using the spa and asked if we could either return to the bar area or we were welcome to sit on the sofas at the side of the restaurant. We opted for the sofas and sat down to have a chat and wait for our food.

The food

After we had waited the waitress bought over our food and my initial reaction was “oh look at that”, it had been served to us on a little picnic bench. I took photographs and then Anna explained how she wasn’t very happy at all as it was nothing at all like the quality of the food she had received a few weeks prior.  ( please bear in mind when you look at the pictures that my friend had paid over £30 for this food!)

I took a closer look and I genuinely couldn’t really tell what sandwiches were which so I picked up the menu to try to figure it out. I then noticed that the menu stated the scones were warm and that there was a selection of cakes however one of ours was missing.

Anna called the waitress over to ask her to tell us which sandwiches were which and even the waitress struggled to tell us. She actually said “It’s hard to tell in this light isn’t it” After mumbling and deciding which she thought was which she went to leave as Anna explained that she hadn’t finished her enquiry yet.

 

She then mentioned that the scones were cold and one of our cakes were missing and how she was actually very disappointed as when she had been previously the food quality and service had been much better. At this we were told ” 5 or 6 people raved over it yesterday”.

This immediately got us upset as obviously we weren’t asking how people found it yesterday and it wasn’t even as if the statement had been said in a friendly way. In fact the waitress then whipped up the food off the table and took it into the kitchen.

So What Happened Next?

The waitress returned around 10 minutes later and explained to us that the chef had called the head chef in order to try to figure out what the issues were that we had. By this point we were beginning to lose patience. We had already stated a desert was missing and that the scones were cold rather than warm as advertised.

We had waited around for quite a while longer when Anna expressed to me that she was now concerned about eating the sandwiches after they had been sat around for so long particularly as one of them contained fish and we decided that we would just like to get a refund and find somewhere different to eat. By this point we had been in there a total of 1 hour and not eaten anything. We instead had spent a lot of time trying to explain to our waitress what our problems were.

Anna made her way to the bar to request a refund then returned to our seating area. A short while later the waitress returned again this time to tell us that the duty manager was on his way down.

You really have to understand at this point that we had gone through the waitress, to the chef, to the head chef and now the duty manager when in actual fact if the waitress had simply apologised , warmed the scones and fetched our missing cake none of it would be necessary we still would have been very disappointed in the food but we wouldn’t have had such a large issue.

Refund

The duty manager came down and asked us what the issue was. We started explaining to him what had happened and the fact that the waitress had said to us that 5 or 6 people had raved about it the day before and that we thought the way it was said was very rude to which the manager said ” Well she’s telling the truth 5 or 6 people were happy with is yesterday”.

Now I am all for a manager sticking up for their staff. In fact I admired the fact that he stuck by her 100% However when that manager continues to have the same rude attitude then I have a problem. We continued to explain what had happened when the manager cut us off midway through speaking and said ” Right ladies let’s not waste anyone else’s time and get you a refund”.

The tone of the voice was of one that didn’t really care about anything we had to say. He asked us to follow him into the main reception of the hotel ( as they couldn’t issue refunds where we were) and handed us over to the receptionists whilst quite sarcastically saying to the receptionist ” These lovely ladies would like a refund on their afternoon tea” My friend was then informed it would take 3-5 working days for the money to be returned to her bank.

By this point my friend was very upset and we decided to look around and try to find somewhere else to try to make the most of our very rare child free afternoon.

Overall Thoughts

We had very high hopes about the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort and in actual fact I am struggling to find a positive. One positive I will state is the staff behind the bar were very polite and their customer service was fantastic. It’s just a shame the same can’t be said about the rest of the place.  For the cost of over £30 the food quality was actually awful.

Thank you for reading

If you have enjoyed my review of the Telford Hotel and Golf resort then please feel free to take a look at my other food reviews

Pondicherry – Ironbridge 

Frankie & Benny’s

Jenkos’s

Toby Carvery

 

 

 

Drumond Parks King Pong Review & Giveaway

 

We were extremely excited when asked if we would like to try out the brand new and exciting table top game King Pong from Drumond Park and even more excited when it arrived. In fact it didn’t stay in the box very long at all. Once the younger children were in bed it was game on!

So What is King Pong?

King Pong is a fantastic new game designed for families from ages 8 – Adult. Everyone has different coloured balls and the idea of the game is simply to get rid of all of your balls in your try by getting them into the cube. However, whilst playing the other players balls can land into your tray. The winner is the person who empties their tray first.

This game is incredibly addictive and we played it for hours. As there were 5 of us playing and only 4 spaces we would play until only one player was left and they would then sit out of the next game.

I actually found the game a fantastic way to get everyone moving because the balls most definitely don’t stay on the table and you could quite often hear “ The yellow ball on the floor is mine” We are quite a competitive family so it was great to see everyone trying their best to win!

What did we think?

When the box arrived we were immediately drawn to the colourful and exciting packaging and couldn’t wait to see what we were supposed to do. Gareth opened the box and discovered that we would need to put the game together. He managed to do this very quickly and in fact after the first time even Annabelle was able to put it together herself if she wanted to play.

One of our favourite things to do is to have a family game night so this is the perfect game for those times. Everyone was super excited and I can honestly say from Annabelle (8) To myself (35) there was a lot of laughing and fun giggles. Even Ellie who is a sluggish stroppy pre-teen managed to drag herself away from her phone and the sofa to get involved. She couldn’t resist enjoying herself with the rest of us.

Would we recommend the game?

YES!! Without a shadow of a doubt this is the best game we have played for a very long time. I love the fact that it is not only exciting but it’s also quite an active game so everyone is moving around. I would recommend playing it in an area with quite a lot of space because those little ping-pong balls can bounce everywhere. Oh yes and be prepared to be sweaty from running around!  This game gets an incredible 10 out of 10 from us.

If I HAD to find a criticism it would be that there is nowhere to put the balls when you pack the game away. When it arrives they come in a plastic bag and it would be nice if there was a little drawstring bag or something to place the balls in to stop them becoming lost.

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Thank you for reading and if you have enjoyed our review why not take a look at some of our others.

Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre

Persil Powergems

Logitech Doodle Collection Mouse

 

  • All thoughts and feelings about the game King Pong are entirely our own. We received the game in exchange for an honest and open review.

 

We’re still here!

I just thought I’d write a little post just to let you know that we are still very much around it has just been incredibly busy with the school holidays As we aren’t able to do much due to lack of funds and transport we have been trying to find ways to entertain all of the kids without it costing us a fortune.

I’d highly recommend the rocks thing if you haven’t already done it. Around where we live there is a craze called Shropshire Rocks and basically you paint rocks and then hide them for other people to find, they then post a photograph on FB before re-hiding it. You can also just go out hunting for rocks. This has taken up loads of our time this week and we’ve actually spent loads of time as a family out and about. As well as being out in the fresh air it’s also helped with our health kick.

Bethie had a birthday barbecue

We went to my brothers yesterday to celebrate Bethie’s birthday. On Tuesday 29th she turns 1 and I am absolutely devastated! It’s going so quickly and I really wanted her to stay a baby for as long as possible but seen as I don’t have a time machine I decided we should probably celebrate. My brother has a bar in his garden so we spent the afternoon enjoying a healthy barbecue and drinks. ( I had spent the morning making food that was suitable for my diet so I could still enjoy but be healthy at the same time)

My sister-in-law made her a gorgeous chocolate cake ( not so good for the diet) and she thoroughly enjoyed getting tucked in.

I will write about her birthday and how it went on Tuesday. Oh I almost forgot she has started standing up!!! She did it for the first time yesterday without holding anything and today she stood and had a little dance.

The big uns have joined the gym

Both the elder 2 have joined the gym. Where we live they have this great thing called NRGize which is gym sessions for 11- 16 year olds and they had their first week this week. To begin with Ellie wasn’t so sure about if she would enjoy it or not but by the end of the week she was loving it.  I think she felt a little overshadowed by the girls who went who appear to be quite a bit older than she is but she seems to be enjoying it now.

Harry has made us incredibly proud, his determination is really admirable. Harry had a rough time in his old school and has had a few problems at this school so it’s nice to see that he is determined not to be knocked down and stay down. I have a very good feeling that in 6 months time Harry will be a totally different child to the one he is today and will have bags more confidence.

Annabelle has exciting news.

I can’t say anything yet purely because I don’t know if I am allowed to or not but she is appearing to do very well at something we may have coming up so watch this space!

Freddie’s Potty Training

Freddie is doing super fantastic at his potty training. We had to stop for a couple of days as he had a bad tummy but he’s now back at it and has only had one accident today and that was purely because I was out and Gareth was busy so didn’t manage to get him on the toilet in time. He was a very good boy though and tried to sort it himself and put his seat on the toilet etc. He just wasn’t quite big enough.

 

Gareth and I

We are doing good. I think spending a lot of time as a family has helped us. I very nearly ended up on ITV’s This Morning but as I was due to go on Bruce Forsyth died so they had to make the show about that.  Sad news but the guy had an amazing career and brightened up many lives.

 

I think that’s all the news I have for now. My posts will be more regular once the kiddies go back to school and I’m not busy trying to make memories.

Thank you for reading

 

Back to School – Uniforms – So expensive yet you get no choice!!!

School uniforms these days are so expensive especially now there are no longer bog standard schools around and everything seems to have been turned into an academy. Long gone are the days where you could buy cheap uniforms from supermarkets. Asda, Tesco and Aldi all do great uniforms and I mean yes they are still available the only problem is once your child hits secondary school they are no long allowed to wear it!

Is it unfair to expect parents to pay so much?

I understand that uniforms are there for a reason, they are designed so that everyone looks smart and they help prevent bullying for students whose parents maybe can’t afford the latest designer wear, but this doesn’t quite work when they become so expensive that parents are now trying to get as much use out of them as possible meaning that children are wearing clothes that are too small or tatty looking.

My children’s school have gone even further in the fact that they have managed to prevent you from being able to pass down the uniform to siblings. How you may ask? Because their P.E Kits have to be embroidered with their initials on meaning that they can’t be passed on unless your child has the same initials as their sibling.

Ellies P.E kit got stolen just before they broke up for the holiday. I was and still am more than a little peeved about this as they were quite new to the school and the uniform was only a few months old not only that but now I have to fork out again for a new P.E kit. As I mentioned above at their school the uniform has to be embroidered so I can’t even get away with getting her a replacement from somewhere cheaper.

Here is an example just of her P.E Kit, not forgetting her blazer, jumper, shirt, trousers, bag, stationary, shoes, coat , trainers.

P.E T-shirt – £17.50

P.E Shorts – £15.95

P.E Skort – £22.95 ( A SKORT!!! I CAN BUY A WHOLE NEW OUTFIT FOR THAT!)

That is the very basic of a P.E Kit they also have fleeces, joggers, socks.

Why do I feel its unfair?

I don’t think that its unfair children have to wear uniforms. I think they look smart and I can see why there is a school uniform however I don’t agree with the fact that it is so expensive. If I was in a position where I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter or son a blazer for example, My child would then be punished with a detention even though it was no fault of their own. For some children the meal they get at school is the only hot meal they get because people are becoming too poor.

Imagine how much those same parents struggle to get the uniform money together. Now I know there will be some of you out there with the whole “Shouldn’t have kids if you can’t afford them” attitude but situations change and as hard as you try to plan for the future you can’t guarantee whats ahead and everything can suddenly change. When Harry was born I was working in a high paid job, married to his dad who also had a very good job and we were comfortable. I couldn’t foresee the health issues and marriage breakdown that would follow. Not everyone who is at home and not in work is lazy some have very valid reasons for it.

Schools keep your uniforms but for everyone’s sake lower the cost or be a bit more lenient on what you accept.

 

Christmas Traditions – What are yours?

Christmas is fast approaching and if you are a keen follower of my blog or know me personally you will know that I am completely and utterly Christmas obsessed, some people would even say I live and breathe Christmas ( though I haven’t quite got to the point of leaving my decorations up all year round just yet!)  I was thinking about our little traditions and was wondering what do YOU do for your christmas tradition?

Our Traditions

Every single year without fail our Christmas Eve has a series of events that we follow. If we have a car then we take a journey to Haughton Village to see their Christmas lights. Haughton is around half an hour from our home and the whole little village decorate their houses with incredible lights and things to see all whilst collecting for charity. The kids absolutely love watching all the lights and animations and ever single year it just gets better and better.

We then come home where there is always 1 present each and ever single year it is brand new pj’s. Everyone has a bath and gets into their new pj’s then we sprinkle reindeer food outside to show the reindeer where to go before hanging up Santa’s key and heading back inside. We sit and watch a Christmas film ( usually whichever one is highlighted that year) with hot chocolate with squirty cream and marshmallows.

Tracking Santa on Norad Santa tracker is an absolute must and we do this from it starts until he hits the UK ( yes even when the kids have gone to bed , what can I say I’m a child)

For us Xmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas day as it’s all about the magic and excitement and build up. We LOVE IT!!!!

Christmas morning the children wake up to a parcel at the end of their beds and every year is colouring book and felt tips. This is something I intend on carrying on until I’m no longer around so they could be 30 and married and I will make sure that they somehow still get their colouring books and pens!

We also get visitors in the form of elves who get up to mischief every year and its very exciting waking up during the days of December to see what they’ve been up to.

My Blogging Friends Shared Their Traditions

Rebecca from I Always Believe in Futures – “We always let Jack choose and buy a new decoration for the tree. We will be doing the same with Olivia now too”

Katy from Katy Kicker –  “We always put the star on the Christmas tree together – the three of us!”

Kerry from Kerry Louise Norris – “We always take a night-time drive with hot chocolate in flasks and look at everyone’s outdoor lights ”

Erica from The Incidental Parent – “I insist on watching A Muppets Christmas Carol while we decorate the tree”

Emma from Our FairyTale Adventure –  “We always have a Christmas Eve buffet / picnic on a blanket, while watching a Christmas movie. We normally eat incredibly well, so the boys have a field day with lots of pizza, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, chips and chocolate. We do at least attempt to balance it though and add a bowl of fruit in as well. We also make a point of doing a charitable act in the lead up to Christmas, last year we did Christmas shoeboxes”

Nadine from Then I Became Mum – “We always buy a new bauble for the tree and we put snacks out for Santa and his reindeer, even as a childless adult (luckily I have my little one now so I don’t look so crazy!)”

Eileen from 2 Nerds & A Baby – “We do the same opening pyjamas on Christmas Eve, there’s always small presents in a stocking and a mandarin to make sure we ate something before the madness. My dad used to tape the door shut so we couldn’t sneak in to open presents”

Tracey from Pack the PJs –   “Every year, on the evening of the day the children break off from school, we pile in to the car (dogs as well) and head off on an ‘adventure’. One year it was a road trip to Germany in the quest to find a genuine Black Forest Gateaux. One year it was to visit as many Christmas Markets as we could. Last year it was to make a snowman in Chamonix, France and this year – well, we tend to decide last-minute. We head back to the UK on Christmas Eve, ready for the festivities to kick in. I hate the build up to Christmas – so many adverts trying to convince you to buy items you don’t need – so we go away and chill out/have fun instead!”

Lianne from Anklebiters Adventures – “Go on a boxing day walk up the mountain and come back and have turkey curry and watch Xmas movies ”

Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo – “We walk around the town where we live to look at the Christmas lights, have a hot chocolate and come home to open a Christmas Eve hamper. We then order takeaway of choice and watch a Christmas movie.”

Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings – “We get our whole family together on Christmas Eve. Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and have a big party and exchange presents. Then on Christmas Day it’s just our little family at home.”

Lisa from Mummy Gummie – “Going to pick a Christmas tree together, stockings at the end of the bed/outside bedroom door in the morning of course with obligatory clementine in the bottom too! We always have ‘Santa’ presents for first thing in the morning and then the rest of the presents after lunch to space it out. Buck’s Fizz first drink of the day! Christmas breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled egg and croissants”

Jessica from Beauties and the Bibs – “We always go to my friends moms house and she makes roast pork sandwiches with stuffing and gravy”

Jade from Mummies Waiting – “We read the same Christmas story on Christmas Eve. My mum read it to me and my sister every year since we were born and now me and my sister read it to our kids every year. It’s Judith and Jed, 2 mice who are hungry.”

Kerry from Kerry Shaw Mummy of Four – “We always go on a steam train on Christmas Eve, the kids get a gift from santa and the adults have sherry. We come home to open the Christmas Eve boxes that the elves have left under our tree, put on our new pyjama’s and watch a Christmas film before the big day”

Lucy from Momma Mack -” We aren’t allowed to go downstairs to see our present until everyone is awake and then we have to go downstairs in age order, youngest first. There are now 16 of us that do this in one house ”

Suzanne from Meandering Wild – “We go to our local beach whatever the weather, put glow sticks on the kids and dogs and walk along the dark beach to town for a chip supper, then back to a warm fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows.”

Emma from Emma Reed – “My son was born on Christmas Day 2013 so our day is now very different! We spend the morning celebrating his birthday and doing his presents and then the afternoon is about Christmas. I think if anyone has a birthday on this day you need to get the balance just right.”

Emma from Ready Freddie Go –  “My husband and his family always have pork pie and mustard for breakfast and so that’s what we do now too!”

Jo from Mummy Needs Wine –  “We always have Buck’s Fizz on Christmas morning and whatever festive film is on the tv at the time”

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie – “We have Christmas Eve boxes that our Elf on the Shelf leaves for them on Christmas Eve – inside they have Christmassy PJ’s, a Christmas film and popcorn/candy. That’s Christmas Eve evening sorted . ”

I have absolutely loved diving into other peoples traditions, some of them are so cute!! Thank you for sharing them with me… What’s your tradition? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

Potty training has started AGAIN!!!

Freddie turned 3 in July and STILL isn’t potty trained this is because of us moving home at the beginning of the year. Before we moved he was almost fully trained.  This time I’ve been a sneaky mummy and made him think it is completely his own idea.  We were talking about nappies and how nappies are for babies and big boys wear pants. He then had his nappy changed and I asked him if he wanted a new nappy or pants and he chose pants because he is a big boy!

Reward charts aren’t for us

We have previously tried reward charts for different situations including his behaviour and they work fantastic for a few days and then he gets fed up, bored with them and they no longer keep him engaged so this time I am going with the treat approach.

If he has a wee/poo then he can have a treat, thankfully he is a fruit bat and absolutely loves every fruit in the world so the idea of getting strawberries for a wee is very appealing to him.

Today is the first day and touch wood so far no accidents but I am sure that we will have it nailed before he goes back to nursery in September.

Have you potty trained? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share… below you will find my list of tips that I found useful when potty training my brood.

  1.  Don’t put on too much pressure, if they don’t want to do it then don’t force them they will all do it eventually, I’ve never met an 18-year-old in a nappy.
  2. You are not a bad parent if your child is almost 4 and not trained. All children are different and develop at different rates. Annabelle was trained VERY young as was Ellie but my boys took a little long, In fact Ellie was trained young then had a kind of relapse and wasn’t interested again until she was 3 and a half!
  3. Reward charts DO work for some children. I know some parents that have used a very successful chart where they get so many stars for a wee and so many for a poo and once they’ve collected 10 or 20 they get a toy from the shop and this has worked absolutely brilliantly for them.
  4.  Distract them. Some children hate the potty with a passion. Try reading them a book or singing nursery rhymes whilst they’re on the toilet to take their mind off it. Failing that go straight to the toilet ( 2 of mine went straight to the toilet and weren’t interested in the potty)
  5. Try not to emphasise so much when they have accidents, yes it can be frustrating but toddlers respond very well to praise, attention and excitement so if you make more of a big deal over the fact they’ve used the potty/toilet than you do when they have an accident they will learn the attention is there more when they do good.
  6.  Don’t waste your money on big expensive potty’s they use them for such a short time there really is no need, Not sure about you but my toilet doesn’t sing or dance or play me a tune when I wee 😉

Thank you for reading and good luck Freddie!!!

Relationships : If it’s meant to be then it will be

Some things are meant to be and some things just aren’t meant to be. When myself and Gareth decided to split recently we thought that it would make everyone happier. We were constantly falling out and it was causing tensions. We decided it would be best if we just called it a day to take the pressure off everyone. Despite knowing how much we cared for each other it just seemed like no matter how hard we tried it just wasn’t working out. 

When Gareth went back to his mums it gave us both space to think and decide what it is that we truly want. We began to open up to each other and learnt things that neither of us really knew before. We began to support each other better and communicate more.

Where are we at now?

We figured despite thinking we were miserable together we were a lot more miserable without each other and we really do love each other a great deal so we’ve agreed to try this one last time and to get it right this time! Gareth is back home exactly where he belongs and everyone is a great deal happier.

We both realise that we need to spend more time communicating with each other. One massive thing that has changed is we are spending time together, not only with each other but also with the kids. We have been swimming , on adventures, played family games and generally just had fun instead of just arguing and being miserable.

I hope one day we will be at the point where we are dancing in each others arms to our song ” I won’t give up ” and becoming husband and wife but until then we will just enjoy being an US instead of separated.

 

My Dream House

When we are little, we sit there and dream up how our future will be. How many children we will have, who we will marry. What our wedding dress will be like and who will be bridesmaids. We also think about what kind of house we will be living in.

I was sat the other day thinking about if I was to ever win the lottery ( this is never going to happen I don’t play!) but if I did what kind of house would I want? Would it be in a big city surrounded by shops? A big country manor on a posh estate? A giant house on a busy street full of children and with my own pool? Maybe even one of those posh flats at the top of a high-rise building where everything is electrical and you only have to clap your hands to shut the blinds?

My Dream House

After quite a while thinking about it I came to the conclusion that as nice as all of those things would be my perfect and ideal house would be a little cottage. Set in a village with only a few neighbours. Like the kind of place you read about in a book. The shop would be quite a drive a way. In the front room would be beamed ceilings and an open fire with a big thick fluffy rug. The walls would be brick rather than modern , wallpapered or painted. My kitchen would have a big old Aga stove in it and pans hanging from hooks on the ceiling or wall. The back garden would have a swing set in for the kids and I would have a big tree house built for the children to play in and make memories. Maybe one of those old tyre swings where they can sit and day-dream.

I wouldn’t need anything majorly modern and I would spend my nights all cosy in the front room with the fire on under a blanket reading a book or watching TV. I might even treat myself to a little glass of wine as well.

It’s never going to happen

But just think how perfect that would be! Instead I will sit here, drink my coffee at my kitchen table in one of the most run down areas of my town but be very grateful. After all some people won’t be sitting in a house tonight. Some people aren’t that lucky.

Thank you for reading

If you enjoyed this why don’t you check out my post about songs and what they mean to me   and also my thoughts on the scary world we live in