# Friday, May 20, 2016

The long wait is over and I’m pleased to say that the asparagus is not dead. We are just starting to get the first few spears poking through although its a little early to tell whether it’s going to be a good harvest this year. I do love asparagus.

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# Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Last weekend we had another trip to Drusilla's, one of our favourite zoos and whilst there we thought it would be good to visit the beach. For my 4 and 3 years old it was their first beach experience. We went to Seaford Beach as it was the closest and they certainly were not disappointed. I think they were a little overwhelmed by how big the sea was and the number of interesting stones to pick up. We finished the trip with ice creams and even managed to find a crab, pictured.

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# Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It’s that time of year when I nervously check the ground for the first signs of the asparagus poking through. It’s always difficult to know whether it’s late this year or whether it has dies during the winter. Based on the fact that my Facebook feed shows me eating the first asparagus spears on this day last year. I am fearing the worst. Hopefully we will see some to harvest, fingers crossed.

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# Friday, May 06, 2016

Hayfever hit me a vengeance a few days ago and so far I have found nothing to alleviate the symptoms. I have tried the usual over the counter remedies, none of which have proven to be very effective. I also have a herbal remedy called Pollinosan tablets which worked well last year but hasn’t this time. I’ve just ordered some bee pollen tablets after they were recommended to me and am hoping they will help. Update to follow once I have tried them.

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# Friday, April 29, 2016


I like making risotto as it provides a quick and tasty mid week meal. This one was made with chicken, leeks and bacon with a citrus twist of grated orange peel. It really was very good and something that I will making on a regular basis.

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# Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The weather in the UK never fails to surprise me but its not often its cold enough to get a snow shower in April. Not much snow fell but it was enough to delight the children. It’s also enough that I think I will delay planting my onions for another week. They really should be in the ground by now but the weather reports show another week of possible frosts and I don’t want to kill the delicate first shoots before they get a chance to grow.

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# Friday, April 22, 2016


IMG_1852I’m making a lot of pasta at the moment with the new pasta machine. The latest dish was this macaroni cheese. Its always great even when made with dried pasta but the freshly made macaroni certainly improved the dish. The whole family love macaroni cheese so I can see we will be making this a lot.

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# Wednesday, April 20, 2016

After several months of waiting we finally found out which primary school we had been allocated for our eldest child. Surprisingly we got our first choice which is far beyond what we expected. On speaking to others it seems a high number of people in Sevenoaks also got their first choice of school. I can only assume that this year has a low sibling intake freeing up more places for people based on the distance criteria. It will be interesting to see the figures once they are released. At least next year my son will go in on the sibling criteria so the whole process should be much less stressful the second time around.

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