Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Reader, it's been too long...

Well hello there... It's been far too long... Yes, I know I've had one or two tiny problems, but things are on the up at last. And I'm in the mood to celebrate - yay!

My good friend Andrea over at Reading Towards the Stars is celebrating too. It's her 2nd bloggy birthday and she's having a party! She is holding a huge Rafflecopter giveaway with gifts from over 40 fantabulously creative bloggers. Gifts include teaching resources, clip art, vouchers for Amazon and store credits.

Don't miss out - pop on over to Andrea's place now, wish her a happy bloggy birthday and join in the fun.

I admit that things have been a little pushed on the time front, but all that is set to change. My Easter break starts on Monday and I have BIG plans for this blog. I hope you'll join me for a peek next week.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Oh my....!

Oh my...! just look how long it's been sine my last post! I'm so sorry, peeps. I hope you'll forgive me once you've heard the reasons for my silence..

As you know, last year I split with my partner and bought a house. Moving house is always stressful, but I've had a bit of a roller coaster ride. We moved in on 13th December in a bid to speed up the builders... They soon left, but on 18th December catastrophe struck. You see, we've had rain here almost non-stop since the end of November. At its worst, we had the most terrible storms with driving rain and gale force winds, all of which took its toll on my little house - and my sanity! We had water coming in everywhere, including down the flue that was to service my new wood burner... Christmas was bleak. New Year was bleaker. But I'm pleased to report that things are looking up. After spending an additional £2500 (on top of the £12,000+ it took to modernise the place - phew!) to repair the roof and guttering, and having removed one of the leaky chimneys (I need the other one for my wood burner, so that's been repaired), we are now officially watertight! Yay!

So here's what I've been up to:

Lounge before

 Lounge after
Kitchen before
Kitchen after

Kitchen after

As I've been away for so long, I thought that now would be a good time to clear out the cobwebs and re-invent my blog. I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but watch this space...
By for now :)

Saturday, 4 January 2014

2014 - I'm back!

Hi all. Happy New Year! I hope this year sees you all well, happy and ready for whatever comes your way.
I've been away for some time - well actually not away but just MIA. My regular readers will know that we bought a house. The builders moved in in November for what should have been a relatively straight forward and quick job (fitting a new kitchen and bathroom, new gas boiler, wood panelling in the bathroom), but they dragged their heels (something to do with being paid by the day perhaps...?)
We decided to move in on 13th December (!) The builders were still here but just finishing up so our presence was meant to serve as a kick up the proverbial. Just 3 days after moving in we were hit by heavy rain storms which lasted all over Christmas and New Year, with more expected tomorrow. On day 1 we found that both chimneys (mine and my neighbour's) were leaking like sieves. All this while I was having a wood burning stove fitted. You can just imagine the chaos, mess and heartache this caused.. We had some fantastic water features - running down the bedroom walls! Mia's bedroom was particularly badly hit after she spent so long decorating it herself and making it her own. Anyway, crossed fingers we seem to be over the worst. I'm waiting for estimates from roofers to replace rainwater goods etc that should finally make the house watertight.

So with things up in the air I'm sorry to say that I've neglected my Google and Blogger friends. My New Year's resolution is to put all this right - and soon. I have been keeping up to speed with all of you though, and tonight I started to catch up with all the fantastic things that have been happening over Christmas. I've found some fantastic new blogs and made some wonderful new friends through Tori's Teacher Tips - she is hosting an exciting Facebook Freebie hop with tons of great products from lots of very talented and generous blogger friends. Do pop over and check it out for yourself https://www.facebook.com/toristeachertips

Also, make sure you check out Teaching Blog Addict this year - probably the best site for teachers out there
Every best wish for 2014!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

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