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Boo! It's Halloween

24 October 2016
By Sarah

Do you celebrate Halloween? This year I’ll be carving out a couple of pumpkins in the Jack-o-Lantern style - and leaving Haribos in a bucket on our doorstep, with a sign saying ‘Help yourself’. Then I’ll be bolting the door, turning the lights off and watching TV this All Hallow’s Eve, and letting the trick or treaters celebrate this holiday to their heart's content!

As a child growing up in the Seventies and Eighties, I can only remember trick or treating once and it was more Knock on Ginger as we weren’t sure what we going to say if anyone did answer, so ran away!


Grandparents Day

30 September 2016
By Sarah

A revolving windmill that played ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’, a menagerie of hamsters, rabbits and tropical fish - and a huge fry-up cooked in lard, take me back fondly to the days I used to spend with my Yorkshire-based Nanna and Granddad.

Because we lived some 200 miles away, it was extra special to visit them - it only happened once a year because it took forever to get up the A1 in my mum’s Morris Minor. Between visits my Nanna used to send me knitted dolls’ clothes beautifully displayed on cardboard, PG Tips cards and Ribena records that played whale song.


Amazing autumn

20 September 2016
By Sarah

I’m always glad when we move into autumn. Each year we have such high expectations of summer, but it inevitably rains a lot and our heatwaves last a day - and in that fleeting 24 hours, we complain it was too hot and sticky anyway. I’m not sure why we think the British summer will be any other way.

With autumn, we know where we are. Colour wise, it’s our most spectacular of seasons with the leaves turning every shade or brown, orange and red. In my garden is the most gorgeous dark-red Japanese maple which turns vibrant pinky-orange in autumn before shedding its leaves.


Back to school!

7 September 2016
By Sarah

I haven’t had much time to write my blog as I’m panic-buying shoes and attempting to get the iron-on name tags to iron on to my daughter’s new upper-school uniform before term kicks off. You might say I’ve had six weeks to get organised, but no sooner have they broken up, they’re back again.

This time round, I don’t know the new school’s rules and what I do and don’t really have to buy, so like a good parent I’ve bought the lot - until my daughter realises none of the other kids have it/wear it/use it/will give it the time of day - so it gets discarded on day 2 at major expense to me.

Get set… BAKE!

31 August 2016
By Sarah

Soggy bottoms, squirrel’s nuts and star bakers. It can only mean one thing… the return of the Great British Bake Off! I’m with respondents of a recent Yale survey who said it was their top TV show for a perfect night in. I’ve been on a countdown for its return.

I can’t get enough of presenters Mel and Sue’s innuendos; “You’ve got two hours to pop Mary’s cherry” being my favourite. I love Mary and Paul’s iconic partnership with Paul’s directness and Mary’s more understated, left-hanging remarks!