Can I be serious for a moment? Q’s and A’s

Unlikely…..

He he I’ve been tagged, or rather offered myself up for this rather highbrow Meme (originated by Kerry Jean Lister and based on The Guardian’s Q&A feature) by Him Up North.

It’s going to take me a while to answer the questions because thinking may be required…

Which living person do you most admire, and why? and she stumbles at the first question.. I admire many peopleThe person who springs to mind at the moment is my friend Kez, life if piling Kez with a bucket load of manure at the moment, she has a plateful of it… yet she soldiers on being so much to so many people, dealing with it all in her special way, finding outlets which suit her…  Good on you Girl! Respect.

When were you happiest? I think this means a time in your life but I don’t much care… I’m happiest absorbed in something I love doing, watching the smalls play on the beach with Daddy last summer is a memory with halcyon quality, I knew as I watched them that it didn’t get much better than that, I would have liked to stopped time and lived in that moment for a while… Being caught up in the middle of writing something is one of those happy moments for me too…

What was your most embarrassing moment? *giggles* 17, making out in the back seat of my boyfriends car in the dark when a dog walker with a torch got too curious…

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? Ignoring the car? The Hot Tub, the best money we ever spent too!

What is your most treasured possession? My photo albums, up until we went digital in 2002 my life is mapped out in those books…

Where would you like to live? Somewhere citrus fruits grow on the trees and skiing is only a couple of hours away, not too much to ask is it?

What’s your favourite smell? So many.. Toast, bacon, fresh cut grass, petrol, germolene, pine trees, gorse bushes, washing dried on the line….

Who would play you in the film of your life? If it’s all the same to you, I don’t want a film made of my life; confident and loud as I may appear to be, I am a private person and would prefer my life to remain that way… Bi-ogs always get it wrong anyway…

What is your favourite book? I can’t and won’t pin that down to just one, not possible…

What is your most unappealing habit? Is scattiness a habit? I seem to have developed a habit of trailing havoc around with me – drives me batty!

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice? I’d love to take part in the Carnevale di Venezia – the costumes and masks are truly amazing – one day…

source - Wikimedia Commons

What is your earliest memory? Being pushed in a pushchair by my Mum in London

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Twitter and Tumblr

What do you owe your parents? My Mother once said to me (although she can’t remember it) ‘When you are about to do something consider if I would like you to do it.’ or words to that effect… It’s always been a measuring stick for me, ‘Would Mum want me to do this?’ Sometimes it pulls me up short, other times it’s ‘No, but hell I’m going to do it anyway!’ It’s the consideration of the matter that counts with me…

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? I’m not one for leaving issues unresolved, I will say sorry when it’s due and get to the bottom of any offense I know I’ve caused and sort it out…

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Children and husband aside because that is too easy! My cat Pippa, that may change, I have a lot of life left to live…

What does love feel like? Like someone shifted your center of gravity…

What was the best kiss of your life? I love to be able to tell you this; but I can’t, so I won’t… but it made my toes curl, I melted and forgot the world existed around me in that very moment…. *sigh*

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? LQTM… online and ‘Will you listen to me!’

What is the worst job you’ve done? Pot wash…

If you could edit your past, what would you change? Nothing, the journey makes us…

What is the closest you’ve come to death? General Anesthetic probably

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My Children of course.

When did you last cry, and why? Aw, I’m a right sentimental soppy date, I can’t actually pinpoint the last thing that had me wiping my eyes, happens a lot…

How do you relax? I escape into the world of laptop….

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? A cleaner!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Nobody can live your life for you, there is so much to experience and try… you might not like or enjoy it all but how would you know if you don’t try?

Now tagging again…

I’m going to tag my dear friend Moon & I don’t want to hear anything about dressing gowns!

and Mummylimited & Casslass who both like me appears to be glutton for punishment.

The One Word Meme…

I’m full of mischievous sniggering this week 😉

The wonderfully “creative”ly talented blogger Chris at Thinly Spread tagged me on this meme, then a few days later the nuturing “committed” Julia from What Will Julia Do Next? did too… Well, I’ve got to do it then haven’t I *quakes*

The idea is you write one word in the comments which you feel aptly sums up me… Now you can see why I’m quaking.

In the words of the meme’s creator Michelle from Mummy from the Heart

“This got me thinking about an email I received a few years back, one of those circular things that I normally hate but this one I loved and have never forgotten.  It was about the power of positive affirmations and how knowing what positive things others think of you can boost your own self-esteem.  It talked of an inspirational teacher who got all her children to write one positive word down to describe the other children in the class and then they had to hand them in.  The teacher then collated all the positive words for each child into a special sheet for them and handed it to them to read and keep.  They learnt that their peers saw them in ways they had never imagined and it had an immense effect on them.  The story goes that one of them died and a number of them attended the funeral and it was found that they all still had their lists 20 or so years later as they had been really touched by this loving gesture.  Did this really happen?  Who knows, but I love the sentiment of this story and therefore it does not matter to me if it was real.

Well, what about if us bloggers and virtual friends did something similar?  How marvellous would we all feel to learn these new facets of ourselves that we did not know existed.  Someone may say I am inspirational (another one I have heard about myself a few times recently) and me being me I would say ‘no not me’ but what have I done there?  Rubbished their opinion and that is not right, only they know if I have actually inspired them to do something.  If people are kind enough to give us a compliment we should be gracious enough to accept it…. and why not go one step further and actually go out and ask for it?

Well that is what I want us all to do.  I am creating a meme, called the 1 Word Meme and I would love for every one of us to be able to collate all the positive words left by our real life friends, virtual friends and fellow bloggers so that we each have a sheet of positive affirmations to treasure and boost our self-esteem.”

So, here we go.. play nice and leave a word, any *clean* word you like which sums me up… and as per I get to tag some other bloggers to do this so I pass this task onto

Gemma from Hello it’s Gemma!

Kerry from Life through a Sippycup

Sian from Fishfingers for tea

Julie from The Sardine Tin

 

So.. Get to it, everyone is welcome.. Unleash the insults compliments… I will help you start off…

Julie from Allaboutus is………………..

The Totally Truthful Memetastic Award

I remember Meme season last year and as I didn’t start the blog until April I’m surprised at all the tags in January but more surprised that they all seem to be coming from @tiddlyompompom who is now no longer on my blogroll lovely.

Well, I’m always up for a good Meme – but this is not a good meme – I have been awarded the Memetastic award, perhaps appropriately as it’s a load of interesting facts drivel….

“What’s the memetastic award and how does it work I hear myself you cry? Well, in the words of it’s creator jillsmo this is how it works…

1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic that I have created for these purposes (put it in your post, you don’t have to put it in your sidebar, I think that would seriously be asking too much). It’s so bad that not only did I use COMIC SANS, but there’s even a little jumping, celebrating kitten down there at the bottom.It’s horrifying! But its presence in your award celebration is crucial to the memetastic process we’re creating here. If you need a higher resolution version… I totally have one!!

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be bold-faced lies. Just make some shit up, we’ll never know; one of them has to be true, though. Of course, nobody will ever know the difference, so we’re just on the honor system here. I trust you. Except for the 4 that you lied about, you lying bastards! But don’t go crazy trying to think of stuff.

3. You must pass this award on to 5 bloggers that you either like or don’t like or don’t really have much of an opinion about. I don’t care who you pick, and nobody needs to know why. I mean, you can give a reason if you want, but I don’t really care.”

Here is the badge…Please skip it, it’s truly grueling I suggest you scroll sown without looking…

So, drivel -o-meters at the ready, here are my 4 blatant lies and one truth….

1. I own EVERY book Terry Pratchett has ever publish.

2. I once took David Frost his room service breakfast and he was only wearing a dressing gown…

3. I relish the thrill of being stopped at the top of a ferris wheel.

4. I once performed the Can Can at the Royal Albert Hall

5. I once stole a not inconsiderable amount of shrapnel out of the Trevi Fountain

 

Now I get to dish out this punishment nominate 5 other bloggers to make up some drivel too because actually, it’s a complete waste of time illuminating!

The Sardine Tin

Bod for Tea

New Day New Lesson

It’s all good if you can laugh

Random Musings of a Tattooed Mummy

Strangely, I actually like these bloggers and their blogs, so have now lost 5 friends 😦

The Stylish Blogger Meme…

Three times this week I have been tagged in the Stylish Blogger Meme. Three Times!!! Am I stylish or what!!  Well no, actually not at all, I don’t so stylish I do aged beach bum on a budget…  but hey…

In response to this tagging I’m supposed to tell you seven thing of interest about Moi. *yawns* all I ever do here is talk about Moi…  in fact just the other day I had a bleat tweet at @jennypaulin that went thusI’m going to have to change the name of my blog soon to “AllaboutMe Me! Me! damn it!””

But the ladies who have tagged me are super tweeters and wonderful bloggers and you follow the links to find Hello it’s Gemma Bod for tea and Where the brass bands play I have a sneaky suspicion that Knees up Mother Brown may have tagged me on this too a while ago – sorry Dawnie!

So I’m willing to give it another go and just in case you think I’m cheating and rehashing old posts here are the old ones Kreative Blogger one & two

So another 7 things you don’t know about me….  Twitter and  Facebook helped me out with a few points, although circumnavigating the globe whilst sitting on Clint Mauro’s Abs is a pleasure I have yet to achieve and some subjects are best not discussed on an open blog, I hope I have made it a little more interesting than my last two attempts but a tag is a tag and nobody reads my drivel anyways so I can make it all up – right? *sigh* alright I will try and behave…  Here we go, be prepared to be amazed… *cough* not.

1) I am a qualified Reiki practitioner…  You can find out everything you never wanted to know about Reiki here.  I stopped practicing when I fell pregnant with the little lady and decided not to pursuit it any further, perhaps one day I will do my masters but my 2 small tearaways are not making it easy to create a calm environment…  I do use it most days still..  I wonder if Reiki works on Twitter…..  Mmmmm?

2) Similarly, I am also qualified in Indian Head Massage, I chucked in the almond oil and towel at the same time with this one too…  I expect I could brush up on it though if I had to – form an orderly queue… and bring your own oil of choice.

3) My favourite poets are Philip Larkin and Robert Frost, my favourite poems of theirs are Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings and Frost’s Road Not Taken, I’m also very fond of Keats…

4) and while we are on the subject of literature my favourite Shakespearean play is The Tempest…

5) I am having and will probably continue to have for many many more years with any luck a mad passionate and exclusive affair with vinegar (thanks to Chris for still remembering this passion of mine after all these years 😉 ) It started off just as a normal romance but over the years has been cultivated into refinement, at the moment in my kitchen I have malt, sherry, 3 types of Balsamic, cider, red and white wine vinegar…  obsessive, yeah a bit…

If you would like to discuss points 1 & 5 further you had better Tweet me, everyone else WAKE UP WILL YOU! I still have 2 points to go!

6) I thank a fellow tweeter for this suggestion (although I’m keeping it tame lovey)…  My Guilty Pleasure Crush… any excuse to get a picture of Taylor Lautner on the blog…

Woof! and then some…  and guilty why? Because I’m firmly Team Edward!… (and bless Taylor he’s only 18! Well almost 19 and I’m still 26 in my head, that’s not so bad is it?) but it’s not really right for a 40 year old woman to get flustered over a young lad wearing cut off jeans with a stomach you could do your washing on, shoulders as broad and beautiful as my best imaginings  and a voice like velvet is it? Yeah, right… Like I care. *drifts off into a daydream*


7) and finally… Something you really didn’t know…  I’d like to thank my dear friend Jo for reminding me of this occasion…  sort of, it’s obviously been etched deeply in her memory for some reason…;-)

1997 – Jo’s now husband Darren invited my good self and my partner in crime friend Lisa to his graduation ball at Bath University, lord knows why…  He must have thought the place needed spicing up a bit…  Anyway, I’d spent a weekend in London with another pal trying to find a dress for the occasion to no avail, back at her flat she opened a trunk and pulled out a dress. “try that on” says she, a thin whipper snapper of no size “I can’t wear your dresses Dawn!” Says I , but she is Scottish and I know better than to argue when she gets a certain look in her eye..

Well, I have never in my entire life before or since worn a dress so small…  but it was fab so I took it home. And what does a girl do with a new dress she needs an opinion on? She goes to see her Mother… Who’s husband is a photographer… Who took one look at this dress and I could see his eyes get that excited “Oh my… the possibilities!” look… I remember to this day him saying “Stop pulling it down! Let it ride to where it wants to be and leave it!” So I did, but I don’t think he ever considered this….

Yes. I was wearing tights… and I am sensible enough to wear black knickers no matter how skimpy but by the time the man operating the darn beastie had finished having his jollies there were rather a few more people watching than appeared in this photo!  Well, hell…  You are only young once are you not!

And just in case you wondered…. here’s me in that dress….

12 days of Christmas (a wish list)

On the twelve days of Christmas my true love gave to me

A potty trained toddler
An afternoon at Bath Spa
Child free time for writing
Several bottles of Champagne
A barn conversion in Dorset
A daily cleaner
A side of smoked salmon
water from the fountain of youth
A holiday home in Portugal
an Iphone 4
2 weeks away skiing
and a ticket for Cybermummy

Yes, unrealistic I know 😀 I am getting one of the above for Christmas, bet you can’t guess which one!

I actually struggled to come up with 12 realistic things that I might like so I let my mind  wander a little.

Many thanks to Karin at It’s all good if you can laugh for including me in the challenge, you can find other writings on the same subject at Juliette Terzieff’s blog.

You know you are a Mum when….

Continuing the meme theme, this is a great one started by my friend Chris at Thinly Spread, I meant to have a good go at this a while ago and, you guessed it, forgot…  So lets start right there!

1) ….there is so much to remember and so little brain that things that you enjoy as a person get side lined or forgotten, if only for a little while.

2) …. conversations about poo, it’s quality, quantity and location are a regular occurrence and significant. Also when with friends, the poo radar works so well, you know it is not your child who has a full nappy because it doesn’t smell right…

3) …. You have a natural ability to step gracefully over every brick, doll, car or train left scattered across the living room floor, my living room often resembles a war zone of toys but it’s a rare day when I step on any of it, even when I’m not looking.

4) ….Your kiss takes on mystic and supernatural healing properties.  There can be tears and screaming, blood and grazes but a kiss will make it so much better!


Image Kiss me by Lexnger

5) …. you can shut out the noise of the TV enough to concentrate on what you are doing on the lap top..  Our TV is not on all the time, don’t get me wrong! Some how shutting out kids TV is much easier than say..  motor sport or pimp my ride etc… (yawn)

6) … you just know that if you ever get out for a night and were unfortunate enough to get suckered into a karaoke your most practiced song after twinkle twinkle little star would be Nellie the Elephant (I have that ditty really polished now!)

7) … you can no longer read a fictional novel if it includes dead, abused or stolen children, or watch a TV show with the same content and the news takes on horrific qualities.

8 ) ….You answer the question “why?” three times with the same reasoning explained a slightly different way before you cotton on to the fact that you are only being asked in order to have your attention retained and your darling small is not a) interested in your answer in the slightest or b) just not listening.

9) …. Flyladies “put a load of washing on every day to keep it under control” does not cut it, that would leave me with a full laundry basket still most days…  Where does it all come from!!!  And all those odd socks??

10) …. You would walk over desserts, climb mountains, ski off glaciers, fight hungry Lions and even worse, let your daughter wear baby pink in order to see one of those truly happy smiles that make your heart explode….

I’m tagging these bloggers to have a go at this one…

Kez , Life through a sippy cup

Heather, Notes from Lapland

Pippa, A mothers ramblings

Kreative Blogger 2

I have been tagged for this one again by Aly at Life’s Laundry, I don’t mind at all, the leetle grey cells need a wake up call most days, I’m sure someone else tagged me again for this one too but in true me fashion, I can’t remember who – sorry!

So here we go, 7 new things I can’t remember if I have told you before 😉

1) When I was a teenager I collected milk bottles with the adverts printed on them, they took up so much space!

2) I used to do cross stitching, since the smalls I haven’t had the concentration power to do it but I hope the baby brain will subside sometime soon and I can do it again.

3) My favourite colour is green, it doesn’t suit me much to wear as I am an “Autumn” but I don’t care…

4) I hate the way wordpress checks spelling in American English, take no.3 for example “favourite colour” has squiggly red lines under it (until published) but it is right!!!! hurumph!

5) I still have my first Teddy and the doll my Nana Kit made me when I was a baby and anyone that tells me I’m wet will be in deep doo doo….

6) I have developed an ability to shut out the noise created by childrens TV but I’m still unable to do that with husbands tv, he has it louder then them…

7) I have very wide feet an eee fitting with a high instep, I couldn’t wear those glamorous fashion shoes if I wanted too (and I often do…) zip up boots are a no no and ski boots are agony… I hate my feet…

Well there we go, that was reasonably painless….

This was my second go at this one so no excuses!

I’m tagging

Trish @ Mumsgoneto…
Her Madge @ Queenie’s blog
Sam @ How we laughed
and that will have to do for now 🙂

Forgot to add the rules…

The rules are as follows:

Copy the award to your blog. Insert a link to the person who nominated you, share 7 things about yourself you haven’t told before, nominate and link, inform the nominees….

The Inquisition

I did expect the Spanish Inquisition because I checked it out before I agreed to it *giggles* so, I have been tagged by Kelly Brent (@moolboots to those of you on Twitter) to answer her questions, think of some of my own questions and tag 5 bloggers myself…

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1. What do you like most about where you live?  We picked where we live purely on location it is exactly half way between where my husband lived and where I lived when we decided to move in together, we never expected to be here 12 years! We live close to Bath which is great for shopping and rare nights out and very close to Longleat Forrest which is awesome for dog walking and getting a tree fix for my soul… 🙂



2. PC or Mac? Never used a Mac so what can I say “I’m a PC but windows 7 is very annoying…”

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3. What smell reminds you most of your childhood? Tough question, cut grass reminds me of my Dad cutting the lawn, petrol reminds of days out in the car, strong soap reminds me of visiting my grand parents in London, I’m not sure I can pick out just one…

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4. Who’s poster did you have pinned up on your teenage bedroom wall? Easy – Durran Duran, Bryan Adams and Corey Hart (the latter was hard to get hold of in the UK, he was huge in Canada)

5. Favourite Book to read to a child? Easy again, my favourite book to read to my smalls is Tiddler by Julia Donaldson  I would read it every night if I was allowed!

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6. Crisps or Chocolate? Crisps, Salt and Vinegar – dipped in a Bloody Mary! Yum!


7. What size are your feet? 7, almost 8 and extra wide fit, no lovely fashion shoes for me! I have a high instep too so no zip up boots either (my feet are a pain in the …)

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8. What did you want to be when you grew up? Happy, yes honest! I never had aspirations to have any real career, with very turbulent teen years I just wanted to be settled, happy and content…

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9. If you were given the opportunity to go to the moon would you go? No, no way! I like my feet to be on terra firma thanks, leaving the Earth is a scary prospect, if there was another planet with air to breath and gravity I might consider it.

10. Why do you blog? Big question, huge! How many words can I write here – LOL!   I love getting things out of my head, a bit like Harry Potter and the Pensieve, posts brew in my brain and I let them stew for a bit and when they can’t stay there any longer they kind of spew themselves into the keyboard, not necessarily any good or well written but out there in my own space – it’s liberating.  I also love the sharing and joining in, visiting other blogs and commenting, it’s a whole community of bloggers of different ages, countries and backgrounds. Wonderful 🙂

Here are  my 10 question to pass on to five lucky bloggers.

1. Which (in)famous person (alive or dead) would you like to take out to dinner, where would you go and what would you like to talk about?

2. What is the best gift someone could give you (tangible please)

3. Where in the world would you most like to live?

4. What do you most enjoy cooking?

5. What is your favourite Novel?

6. You have your own personal Tardis, where do you go first?

7. How old is the inner you?

8. Theatre or Cinema?

9. Would you be famous, with all that means?

10. You are able to learn anything at all, a skill, a language, whatever, what would it be and why?

and now the very hard bit, I’m tagging some male bloggers *waves*, I have looked back and not many chaps have been tagged for this one – if you have – well, my questions are different anyway! That is the beauty of this Meme!

The Blog up North

Bringing up Charlie

Urbanvox

Dropped

Just a Typical Dad


IMAGES

Woodland Scene by Snackhappy on Flickr

Bloody Mary by *one* on Flickr

Wolf Moon by Sky Noir on Flickr

Kreativ Blogger

This Meme was a bit harder than the last one – also tagged by Susie at NewDayNewLesson 🙂
7 things you may not know about me – here goes….

1) I have lived in 9 different counties

London, Avon, Northamptonshire, South Gloucestershire, City of Bristol, Lancashire, Cambridge, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire.

2) I was packing a parachute when I met my husband to be, I had a particularly bitchy boss at the time and I used to imagine it was her head and bash it into that bag realllly hard!

3) I have a Higher National Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management but still manage to burn water… I did learn some particularly useful napkin folds 😉

4) I am a huge fan of 1970’s childrens TV, I love Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss, the Clangers, Mr. Ben, Chigley, Trumpton and Camberwickgreen and others and try and get my smalls to watch them too.

5) I’m a Sims3 player, I love platform games but none so much as the Sims, I started playing steadily many years ago with The Sims – usually when the grand prix was on, when Sims2 came out I was still pre children but when Sims3 came out I had the little miss already – no excuse! It’s on my laptop now so it’s easier to play LOL!

6) My Gramp once took me on a tour of London trip when I was about 9, it was awesome, we took a boat down the Thames and rode on the tube and trains and busses.

7) I have placed 13 Geocaches and found 605 (at time of writing). My Caches are in Dorset, Wiltshire and South Glos and we have cached in England, Wales and Portugal. My favourite are virtual caches because I like the icon which is a little ghost. You can find out about Geocaching at www.geocaching.com

I have only just tagged 10 other bloggers in the 10 things that make me happy Meme and I’m so new to this game I’m not sure who else has done it so once again, I don’t want to make a nuisance of myself so I’m not going to tag, if you fancy a go – go to it!

So what do you think?

10 things that make me HAPPY!


I was tagged for this meme by Susie of Newdaynewlesson she has done it 3 times so I’m guessing it’s been around a while, so I have been trying to think what makes me happy besides the smalls, the husband, the cats, vinegar with lashings of chips and chocolate and I’m not really that surprised to find out that the thing that makes me happy in a variety of forms is WATER!

Hot showers:- Standing in the shower cubical with a steaming hot torrent of water beating down on my head and shoulders is like a small corner of heaven, I can almost forget that the smalls are usually tearing up her bedroom or ignore the crys of anguish as he gets a toy she wants or vice versa.

The Sea:- Some of my happiest memories involve the sea, I love the beach in spring and autumn when it is warm but not hot and fairly empty, jumping away from the waves and splashing is such good fun.  The sound of the waves is so restful as they lap back and forth.  Body boarding is as exhausting as it is exhilarating. I’m sure surfing is too although I have never been able to stand up myself.   The sea can be so romantic, sitting on the beach watching the sun go down below the horizon, she is a seductive mistress as she can also be so dangerous, it is also a mysterious place worthy of investigation which leads me to…

Scuba diving:- I obtained my PADI open water in Looe, Cornwall in my twenties, sadly I never kept it up but it’s on the list to revisit.  It was a very happy time for me. Two girl friends and I rented a caravan on a park for a week and did our open water on the seafront in Looe, it was a great experience.  My most striking memory was the way the freshwater of the estuary mixed with the salt water of the sea creating patterns and distortion, beautiful.

Rain:-  There is nothing quite so cleansing as the rain, the way the world smells after it has rained all fresh and somehow green is very special. Shutting my eyes and breathing the scent fills me with a centered contentment, it talks to my soul somewhere in the part of me that is still a cavegirl 🙂

Swimming:- Total suspension in water is a really great feeling too, not quite weightless but somehow supported as you push against it and feel it rushing about your limbs, a fabulous way to stretch and work out.

Hot tub:- This is my escape after a long day of smalldom I often feel like I’m sneaking off to the garden to chill out in the bubbles, of course the smalls often do get to go in too, it’s great to see their faces as they play and splash or mess about with balls.  Daddy and I get to talk in the tub, better then anywhere else because there is no TV or laptop, nothing to detract from the conversation – it’s a place to catch up and make sense of stuff, to plan and to dream.

Steam room:- You can keep your saunas the steam room is the place for me and the ultimate in steam rooms is at Bath Thermae Spa
Each steam room is made of glass and has a different essential oil, my favourite is the jasmine and lavender, so restful and the mountain pine is really invigorating – almost cold somehow, there is a waterfall in the middle of the room which will make you feel washed away with force in seconds – it’s paradise on earth. I took Daddy to the spa for his 40th birthday, we had a great time.

Koi pond:- A lot of effort went into creating our Koi pond, it is kidney shaped and 5ft 8inches deep, Daddy designed dug and constructed the pond and filters himself, there is a smaller pond to the left for goldfish, lillies and frogs. The pond has made our garden a happy place to sit and watch the children play, the sound of the water bubbling and the fish splashing are very relaxing, we are very pleased with it. The neighbours were very pleased to see me out and about after all that digging ;-D

Snow:- As Lola would say “Snow is my favourite and my best” Going on a skiing holiday makes me very happy indeed, there is nothing like a wide piste with freshly fallen powder. You push off and ski through marshmallow snow and it makes a swoooosh swooosh sound as you glide down the hill. We had a stunning fortnight in Copper Mountain, CO before the smalls arrived, I think they will be big enough next year for all of us to go – start saving!

Ice:- Ice really is so very civilized, the lovely clink clink noise it makes as it drops into a glass or the plop as it drops into a Baileys.

So there you have it, 10 reasons water makes me feel happy. Now the hard bit, I have to nominate others to do the meme – I’m really sorry if you have done it before…

Yummy Mummy No.1
Mummy musings
It’s all good if you can laugh
Barenakedmummy
Mummywalker
Marianneparis of Paris-Ankara Express
Utterly Scrummy
TattooedMummy
Little green fingers
Blogswallop

All of whom I think will have interesting things to say on the subject of happy….

Photo Credits
Bath Thermae Spa – Steam room