Why, oh why...oh why, this definitely calls for 3 oh why's, did I blink and reach for a biscuit for TC??  In that split second she reached for my mug of tea and spilt it all over my trusty laptop. 

Chaos followed with me yelling for Mr J - who is in the industry so my go-to-guy for all things soft and hardware - and holding up my dripping laptop!  We tried drying it out for a couple of days to no avail, it was well and truly stuffed! 

I get really attached to some inanimate objects that go on a journey with me and when they either wear out or need updating it makes me a little sad :( and even though the laptop was over 5 years old and elderly in computer terms, I would have used it till it worked no more or until a 2 year old got there first! 

But they say every cloud has a silver lining, so on the positive side:
  • the carpet has been washed and spruced up
  • a new whizzier (however did I cope with just 1GB!) laptop has been purchased - in the sale too!
  • it was luke-warm tea (who gets to drink a hot one, hands up) and not red wine (such a waste!).
  • and most importantly, nobody got hurt.

TC probably did me a favour, the new laptop is so much faster, but it's.not.the.point, and I never did get my tea.


Book Loving - Elsewhere

I read a lot - I have books on the go all over the place - by my bedside, which is more like a book mountain, in the bathroom - every time I go to the loo I manage to read a good couple of pages, in the living room where I sit most evenings poring over my health and cookery books.

I have had a love of reading from my father's knee, he read with me and to me from an extremely early age and taught me to read and write before I started school at 4. 

A friend of mine, recently recommended a book called Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin to me, I don't have much time to read fiction and I need lighter-hearted reads rather than deep and dark so a quick read of the back cover first and this is what it said:

"When Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn.  At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, new relationships are formed and old ones sadly interrupted on earth are renewed.

Full of the most ingenious detail and woven around the most touching and charming relationships this is a novel of hope, of redemption and (literally) re-birth. It is a novel that tells of sadness with heart-breaking honesty and of love and happiness with uplifting brilliance".

.....and I absolutely loved it, the story may start with the death of a young girl but as a new beginning and is not a deep, heavy read.  I found myself nodding at some parts and wiping away a few escaping happy tears. It conjured up a very comforting picture of a place where our loved ones go and I found myself wishing that we do indeed go to "Elsewhere" where we all get younger and return once more to live again, albeit as a new soul. 

This is a feel good, entertaining and emotional read, told through a young girl's eyes and like it said on the tin with uplifting brilliance. 


Last of the Summer Days

With a gorgeously late summer week ahead of us this week we are making the most of the glorious sunshine.   My childhood summer days were very different to TC's.  I lived in central London and a trip to the seaside was such a treat.  I love London and although I lived in the centre of the city my childhood summer school holidays were still filled with bicycle rides, swimming, tadpoling in the pond and so many other free activities.  We had access to several large parks that were an endless source of trees to climb, butterflies to chase and picnics to be had and great open spaces to run riot in.  I see life back then through very rosy tinted glasses, I don't remember being bored, there was always something to do! 

TC is growing up by the sea, a small city by the sea its been called, prolific with things to do and see.  Playing at the beach cafe where there is a special man-made sandy beach for the children to play in building sand castles then knocking them down, finding shells on the real beach, endless playing in playgrounds with swings, slides and roundabouts or a walk on the pier with all its attractions.   There is still so much free stuff to do and even more when you are 2 (or under 5 in most cases) and I find myself still doing the things I did when I was a child, prolific icecream eating for one, sadly not a free pastime but so enjoyable and very necessary after running around for a couple of hours.

With the children back at school this week it felt like we were playing hooky today and I can certainly feel that the sun has caught my shoulders but finally it really feels like summer again, the longer it lasts the shorter the winter will feel!

I hope it's gloriously sunny and warm where you are, soak it up if you can, incase it's the last we see until Spring!