The Brainstorms Award was created by Nabeeha Jameel over at Brainstorms. This award is basically for all those bloggers out there, new, or old, who do a lot of work to keep their blogs alive and an interest for other people!Brainstorms Rules Thank the person who nominated you.Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow https://brainsstorms.wordpress.com/ if you’re… Continue reading Brainstorms Award
I think we've established by now that my only claim to any goddess-like levels of domesticity is my habit of making gin, jam, and chutney. Last year (2020) featured a ridiculous 6 gins but just one jelly. The year before (2019) I just did a couple of gins and three jams. This year, the focus… Continue reading Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021
I'll be honest, not much has changed for me in terms of my reaction to Baby Loss Awareness week since last year. I'm not going to be active on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram talking about miscarriage and baby loss. All I want to say on social media is that I don't want to.... https://www.facebook.com/andsmellysocks/posts/406351987805420… Continue reading BLAW: What does coping look like?
So, earlier in the year I decided to take a little break from the blog while we went on holiday. It was lovely just enjoying some family time and not doing any promotion - either through Twitter threads or Facebook groups. When we came back I decided not to return to the way I'd been… Continue reading What happens when you blog less?
As I said a few weeks ago, we're hosting Christmas in 2021 - my parents are free to travel at last (after my Gran died in April, previous years they always stayed at home so that she could visit them for the day) and my brother and his wife have booked a room in a… Continue reading Christmas Prep: Roast Beef
I do a monthly round up for everything we've read each month. Himself focuses on science articles and forums and news, so he's not getting a section - books only! Large boy Large boy re-read a whole bunch of David Baddiel books this month so that he could do Accelerated Reader quizzes and got points… Continue reading September 2021 Reading
I can't even figure out what to call this post, I'll come back to it. [I came back to it and titled it with my final thought.] So I started my blog a bit over two years ago, to have an outlet for my thoughts and feelings that I'm not comfortable sharing in real life.… Continue reading Any advice for entering a new phase?
I do love to look back on how my veggies have gone each year (well, I did in 2020 at least). After my progress report a couple of months ago, the subsequent reset, and as we're nearing the end of vegetable growing season for us, I figured its time for a report on the harvest.… Continue reading Veggie harvest report 2021
I might do a bit of a series of how I'm preparing for Christmas - I might not, this might be the only thing I can think of to write about. We're hosting Christmas in 2021 - my parents are free to travel at last (after my Gran died in April, previous years they always… Continue reading Christmas Prep: Mincemeat
The last couple of years have been varied holidays and I've managed to keep lovely diaries of what we got up to (see 2019 and 2020) as well as during our break in Whitby in May 2021. This summer though, I didn't try to do that. I didn't want to be blogging in the evenings… Continue reading 2021 Holiday Highlights: Lincolnshire