And Just Where Have You Been ??

Please forgive me for I have not posted in FOREVER  *hanging head in shame* So just what have I been up to you wonder while shaking your head in my direction, possibly thinking “Do I even remember this woman?”  Have I spent may a moon crafting?? mmm that would be a NO, obviously I haven’t been traveling the world or having adventures either.

A year ago I had the mad wonderful idea that how great it would be to start running… nope not sure where that little nugget of intention came from either

Lets try running
Obviously this image is a total lie … I couldn’t actually hack 2 minutes of running

Undeterred I downloaded the free NHS Couch 2 5K  app and set off once more ~ now I can just tell you are perched on the edge of your seat wondering how on earth this all panned out , well fast forward 3 months later and in November 2019 I ran my first race

night run
If you are going to run your first 10k race, why not run it in the dark, with no one you know, in a place you have never been to before!!

Then in March this year 1 week before lock down I ran a HALF MARATHON … get me, a runner, someone who can actually run & breath at THE SAME TIME!!! a slightly deranged personage of a certain age  in the prime of her life who decided instead of just thinking / wondering could I, should I, to someone who did

Finish line Sleaford half
Yes it might not be the most elegant finish line photo and I do have some sort of mad hair day going on but I’m ridiculously proud of myself

I do now solemnly swear not to leave it too long before I post again

 

 

 

Training And Toilet

Helooooooooooo and greetings to my follower, NO I haven’t fallen off the edge of the world … although at one point I was beginning to think it might be an option ~ let me explain I’ll begin with the ambiguous ‘Toilet’ in the title, feel free to skip right on past this entree of the happenings in my little world should you wish

Soooo I shall begin

funny-pictures-id-love-to-hear-your-long-story
I’ll just give you the edited highlights … you know just in case you loose the will to finish reading my post 🙂

Lost tons of weight, went to DR’s, blood tests, slightly unpleasant colonoscopy (full biopsy results next month) assured by consultant he saw no nasties (as I obliviously envisaged at 3am in the morning) turns out I have Diverticulosis, change to super healthy, diet drink loads of fluids, take care of myself, sometimes I feel great, sometimes I feel rubbish.

Now for the much more interesting ‘Training’ as you are possibly aware I’m forever advocating education (as you would  possibly expect from a Training Coordinator) well I’ve taken my own advice completed numerous course and am now officially …..

me
Yes indeedie I’ve now been promoted to Compliance Officer, which means I know lots of awesome & sometimes vaguely interesting stuff

I have a new ID. badge and everything, I’m second in command to ‘Boss Lady’ although I have yet to secure my own mug in the kitchen which perhaps interprets that I’m not that high up in senior management as I presumed LOL

Anyhoo Beloved, Moo, The Twonk That Is The Dog, Neurotic Cat & I still have loads of fun times together ~ I’ll save the story of ‘The Tree House’ for another time.

Look after yourself and follow your dreams xx

 

 

 

 

Dessert, Big Skies And Making Memories

Isn’t it funny how something catches your eye and you immediately think of someone ~ let me explain, Beloved took me to a local Antique/Flea market where by sheer chance my gaze fell upon a pair of Knickerbocker Glory glasses … I snatched them off the shelf like a woman possessed, they were a perfect impromptu gift for Moo, the poor boy was a little bewildered at first ~ until I explained that they were designed to hold a dessert of ‘anything goes’  where all your post dinner delights dwell

Healthy knickerbocker glory
Moo’s version of a not quite healthy Knickerbocker Glory~ jelly, fruit, yogurt, nuts and a couple of dark chocolate pieces

If the truth be told we had to make the jelly twice, unbeknown to me it turned out Moo had eaten a few of the jelly squares from the packet the first time round~ no wonder it didn’t set !!

What better way to spend an afternoon post pudding than going for a walk ~ one of the joys of living in rural Lincolnshire is we have ‘Big Skies’ … this is because the land is soooo very flat

winter sky
Just look at that sky. Moo & I were convinced we were going to get soaked but nooooo we destined to stay dry 🙂

Of course it being winter time before long the sun began to set and the sky changed once more

sun set in winter
At this point we decided what could possibly be better than to head home for hot chocolate and cake

I wonder in years to come when Moo is a young man if he will catch a sight of clouds in the winter sky and think of me and laugh at how Knickerbocker glory glasses made me think of him ??

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Wonderful Of Times

Sooooo we surprised Moo with a holiday of a lifetime ~ do you know he was so excited he never slept of 24 hrs !!!!!!!!!

Although we have been back a week from our trip I’ve been absolutely shattered we had very little sleep while in Bangkok lots of late nights and lots of very early mornings … just like every good holiday LOL this will be a photo heavy post SORRY

The floating market

Fried banana time
Apparently I was a bit of a ‘looser’ according to Moo as I wasn’t quite able to eat my own body weight in fried bananas

 

The old Rabbit ear photo never ceases to make me giggle

Ayutthaya
Moo and I at the UNESCO world heritage site Ayutthaya you will notice I had to wear long trousers as we were visiting temples as it is a sign of respect

The bridge on the River Kwai was somewhere Moo was eager to visit due to his interest in military history

Bridge over the River Kwai

Some of our days were spiritual

Lying Buddha

Others we admired the artistic works dotted around the city

dog outside MBK center
Loved this dog sculpture outside the MBK centre

Last photo as you must be bored stupid by now

Lizard in Lumpini park
A monitor lizard in Lumpini park ~ taken with a zoom lens I hasten to add

The memories made by us all were priceless, I’m sure Moo will treasure the time spent with Grandpa & I for years to come

 

 

Shh ….. Don’t Tell Moo

Beloved & I have been planning and saving I hasten to add to take Moo on an adventure of a lifetime and ‘Little Man’ had Noooooo idea of what we have in store.

17/10/18 we are picking him up straight from school and taking him to the capital

londoncalling
Of course this isn’t of the slightest interest to Beloved as he works in the city ~ but I’m super excited

After a nights stay in a hotel, off to the airport we go ~ then Moo will be taken on his first ever plane flight …goodness I hope this goes well

So where are we off too ??

Bangkok
Beloved have been here several times before so know our way around

I have an itinerary arranged that would make a travel agent envious, this includes the railway market, floating market plus something I think Moo will love ~ a long tail boat ride under the bridge on the River Kwai

Anyhoo must dash

adventure calling
I’ll fill you in on all the tales of our travels when we get home Bye ❤

 

 

 

 

All Dressed Up …. And Yes We Did Have Somewhere To Go

Last Wednesday 12/9/2018 was one heck of a day !!  firstly it was Beloved & I’s wedding anniversary … we have been together … well since forever LOL

If that wasn’t enough of a celebration it also happened to be a very special day for 2nd Born ~ his graduation, it took place in the amazing Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
An artistic shot of Lincoln Cathedral at sunset just moments before the start of 2nd Born’s ceremony

Sorry to bore yo but I’m now about to subject you to a ‘Proud Mummy Moment’ captured for prosperity

Jacob and I 12 9 2018
I was fighting back emotional tears during this shot PS. note my awesome vintage dress 🙂

Sorry for the photo heavy post …… NOT

3 generations
3 generation of the Von Parry family ~ even though baby ‘Fox’ is sooo totally over this photo taking business

I had to smile to myself during the ceremony ~ the graduates from the School of Education were first to grace the stage and everyone clapped politely, yet when every single one of the nurses graduated there were huge cheers & shouts from their peers and family members ~ what a awesome feeling to know my boy and his cohorts are sooo supported as they enter the big wide world

If you jump right over to here and skip to 50 mins 31 seconds (approximately LOL) you can see 2nd Born’s ‘moment’

PS Moo asked me to include this photo at the end of this post

Moo 9 on 12.9.2018
A future graduate in the making I wonder ?

Thank you for bearing with me through out this post … you may now return to your everyday life 🙂

 

A Surprise For Moo

Would you believe Moo is 9 next week?? for a few weeks now Beloved & I have been harbouring a surprise for him. Last night was the night for project ‘Amazement’ to commence

August 2018
For a boy who loves dinosaurs only one thing would fit the bill the superb show ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’
Walking with Dinosaurs
These bad boys are LIFE SIZE ….. just wow

 

T. Rex
Moo’s absolute favourite the magnificent T. Rex

At the end of the show Moo burst into tears …. Beloved & I were mortified until Little Man uttered the words “This is the best day of my life” Awwwww bless him ❤

A Special Guest Blogger

Grandma lets my big brother Moo write on her blog now and again & she said at the grand old age of 2 months I could do my first guest post … obviously she will be doing the typing I’ll be just laying here looking adorable 🙂 Sooooo what does a babe have to post about WELL …

Lets talk sleep

no sleep
Who needs sleep ?? not me that’s for sure

Daddy has been studying for y e a r s, he’s done lots of procedures, work experience in Africa for a month and just lately been doing 3 months experience at a prison !! and now guess what ??

daddy nurse
Yep he’s only gone and done it …my daddy is now a fully qualified nurse and in a couple of months mummy will qualify too

He tells me if there is something I really, really want to do when I grow up and that if I work hard I can do it ~ isn’t that cool

Fox 2 months old
I’m listening honestly daddy, but come on, how can I take you seriously when you talk to me in that babyish high-pitched voice, even if it does make me giggle

That is my first guest post over

All my love

Fox

 

Where Have I Been? … Well

In my wisdom rather than coughing up a lung each month for an expensive internet charges I thought I’d change providers …. BIG MISTAKE as you may or may not know I live in ‘The Tangled Backwoods’ ~  it transpires not all internet providers are equal, the new provider had a download speed something akin to the light a penny candle gives off in a hurricane

slow internet
Let’s just say it’s a good job Beloved and have been married for 72 million years ~ he already knows I have the patience of a 2yr old in a sweet shop

Anyhoo back to the old provider it is …. I’m currently booked in for surgery to remove a kidney for this months charges,

What was I going to tell you ? oh yes a few weeks back Beloved & I took Moo to Woodhall Spa’s 1940’s festival ~ I love it we get to travel hold up all the traffic in Millicent Morris while we pootle along at 35mph (45mph downhill LOL) while we are dressed in our finest 1940’s gear.

We discussed with Moo the importance of good manners and decorum while out & about and how discipline had changed over the years …. I don’t think he believed us UNTIL

Moo 2018
It was demonstrated just how a policeman would take an unruly child by the ear and give it a good darn tweak !!

No child was harmed during this photo shoot (although political correctness may have taken a bashing)  many a passer-by was heard to be chuckling and stories being told of how the very same thing had happened in their youth….. listening to some of tales I’m not  surprised some of them had their ear tweaked 🙂

 

 

Bragging Rights

Just a super short post as my broadband in pants – changing it next week so I can access the internet without pulling my hair out …. anyhoo look who has made into the final 3 in the Oscar Pet Food Company monthly Pet Idol competition ~ our very own D4

Otter 4 months
 Mrs P says all 3 pets are winners -Beloved was duty bound to vote for me though because I know how to get into the shoe cupboard and his new boots would have been history if he hadn’t 🙂

I’ll let you know how I got on at the end of the month when the votes are counted ….