The Best Swing Ever 

Today, I arrived in Dublin for a short break with my son.

We had a few hours to kill before checking into our hotel and came across Trinity College . To my surprise it’s a huge tourist attraction, full of guided tours and every inch being explored by tourists 
Then I spied a sign pointing to a science gallery, I love these type of things and this little gallery didn’t let me down.  It was full of things to do,  push, pull etc all resulting in noise. 

Now, call me a big kid but they had swings that when you sat on them and used  them to swing they made noises. ..oh yes, I was swinging on a swing that played music.’s the small things that make you happy and I loved this …

RIP Scooby Doo

6 years ago Scooby Doo died 

No I don’t mean the cartoon dog, I mean the family dog that was named after the cartoon dog.  My young daughter who was two at the time wanted a dog, so we got a family dog…Scooby Doo. 

She was a lovely dog, so scared of water, she walked around puddles, she wad happiest when she was carrying  everything around in her mouth and also she was incredibly maternal.  On one occasion, she had a puppy who was born dead, we buried the pup in the garden.  Not long after,  Scooby had dug the puppy up and was trying to lick the pup alive. 

Scooby also gave birth to Buddha, the wonderful dog we still have. ..and so I guess
 a little bit of Scooby is still alive and happy 

Big News 

Yes, today I have heard big news. huge news.  On a world wide scale it’s tiny news. 

“What’s the news? ” I hear you ask 

I am going to be a nanny, my very first grandchild is on the way.  Today my youngest daughter Elle,  phoned me to announce in excited delight that she is pregnant. 

What a funny world it is, I have four children and it’s my youngest that is pregnant first 

Where’s that? 

I have lived in the West Midlands for over 20 years, when my children were young I was a member of the Nation Trust and we explored all the local manors and attractions they had.  

But I have never heard of   Wightwick Manor  and it’s only in Wolverhampton. ..where has this little gem been hiding? 

Yesterday my daughter and I added it to our radar and took a look,  it lovely.  A huge manor in delightful gardens and incredibly welcoming with croquet in the gardens, billiards in the home and lots of interactive stuff to become involved with

You see.’s not just children who like to play 😉

A conversation 30 Years From Now

I am 80 years old and I am talking to my great grandson, ” yes my dear boy, mobile phone battery life really didn’t last all day.  We had to charge our laptops, ipads and mobiles on daily basis. ..sometimes twice a day. 

I remember one year when I went camping in had to take a battery charging unit with me, it was like a small black heavy brick, just to give me 3 days worth of charge to use my mobile phone. ”

Grandson, “what’s a mobile phone?!”

The Lambeth Walk

8 years ago, my son turned 15 and we went to London for the day to visit the imperial war museum. 

It was a lovely day and the weather was  perfect. To my delight to get to the museum we entered Lambeth. ….
.to my sons horror I obviously started to do the ,”Lambeth Walk” singing and dancing.  No matter how hard I tried he wouldn’t join me.

15 year boys really can be stick in the muds 😉😉

A Local Beach. .Really? 

I read an article in the local paper of a beach, quite close to where I live in Birmingham. 

I needed to check this out,” How did this escape me? “I wondered . So I picked up my daughter yesterday and drove to the Beach, in Market Bosworth. 

Yes, it was close,  yes it was a beach, yes people were paddling, inflatables in abundance, yes it was also very very very busy with children on school trips!  

A beach, close to major Midlands cities. .it was bound to be,  only this important little fact has slipped my mind 

Words I never knew existed 

My first day at the fun salsa weekend was huge fun, I have loved dancing since I was a child and started ballroom and Latin American Dancing.  I did quite well too and passed medals up until silver, when for some reason you have to dance male steps to advance to gold. Being a little girl I objected to this and stayed at silver.  Dancing  is in my blood. 

But despite this,  i am learning another language, words like Son Cha, Reggaeton, Rueda, Orishas are now popping up in conversations….really?


I actually thought I knew a little about Dancing but it seams I have still got a long way to go.

Ten Years On 

Ten years ago I decided to end my marriage to my husband, the reason being is for another blog.  But what is for this blog is the list I wrote.  Yes, I am a big list writer.

This list included things to do in my new life, one of the items was learn salsa.  … so ten years ago, off I toddled with three of my four children to the local salsa classes.  The lovely people running it were surprised,  actually very surprised.  It’s not normally considered a family event, but from then on we were called the family, I was even given a family discount! 

 We continued going for years.

 Ten years on, 

I am at a salsa weekend in Daresbury with my eldest daughter.  She never stopped going and at 26 yrs now has 10 years salsa experience. 

It’s one of the things that defines our . ..we love to dance 

Run Around 

My partner came home from work yesterday to find me frantically running around the living room.  Yes, I am preparing for a 10k run and it was cold outside! 

Why am I doing this madness I am asking myself?  Because when I was 10 years old, my step dad said to me I would never ever be able to run a marathon.  Ok, running around the living room is a long way off a marathon, but then again it was only a couple of years ago I started practising for my Himalayian  trek my walking up and down stairs over and over again