Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Goldfish Boy - A Review


Paperback: 400 pages
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1407170996
ISBN-13: 978-1407170992
Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.6 x 20.1 cm


I bought this book because the theme called out to me. I thought it would be a good read for my 11 and 9 yr old daughters.
There are always those kids at school that behave a little differently and are hard to be friends with. Maybe they are bullies, or maybe they are just too unlike anyone else. Maybe they are just like the main characters in this book.

The Goldfish Boy is a story about Matthew, a twelve year old boy stuck in his bedroom because of debilitating OCD. But what is OCD and why does Matthew have it? Spending so much time in his room means that he gets to observe the goings on his neighbourhood. The characters are so well described you feel like you live their too. As you are drawn into the goings on something terrible happens. The little Grandson of Matthew's next door neighbour goes missing from the garden and Matthew is the last person to see him.

There are two other similar aged children living in Matthew's neighbourhood, both with their own issues and problems. The three children team up together to try and find out what happened to the little boy.

The book is a real page turner as you can't wait to find out what is going to happen next. When I read it I couldn't put it down and one of my girls has read it too and thought it was brilliant. There is humour, suspense and sadness in the story, all of this is delivered perfectly and with compassion.



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Monday, 24 April 2017

Out of the Cave - My Journey with a Paleo Diet (week 6)

I'm now in my 6th week of a Paleo diet but I have some confessions to make.
I was doing really well but the last two weeks while the kids have been on holiday from school I have really slipped, or fallen from the Paleo path.
I think having the kids around all day hasn't helped because I'd got into a really nice routine. I'd not have breakfast until the kids were at school, which meant I could spend some time preparing it. Then at lunch time I'd be making lunch just for myself so it was ok to spend time preparing something healthy and delicious. With the kids at home I'd be making lunch for them, and by the time I'd finished I'd end up grabbing myself a sandwich or another unhealthy snack.

It wasn't all bad though. I still kept off the sugar and dairy (apart from a little cheese on a couple of occasions.) And for Easter I had just one small dark chocolate egg (72% cocoa solids) with no extras. I have to be honest, I hated it and salivated over the kids Cadburys eggs. But I was good.

I know I said I wasn't doing this for weight loss but I had a bit of a shock today. I had a hospital appointment and the first thing they did was weigh me. I've put on a total of 3 stone since I first got sick, January 1st 2016. That's 3 stone in just under 16 months! That's heavier than I have ever been in my life, even when pregnant. My consultant said a lot of the weight gain is due to the steroids that I've been on, and I have to admit I do feel so much more 'swollen' since taking them. Even my face is fat, so is my neck. He said that once I come off the steroids then the weight should start to come off too. But that much weight is going to need a helping hand surely? The good news is, I'm starting to come off the steroids now and it should only take a couple of months.

I've yet to check if my next course of treatment will cause weight gain, I hope not. I really want the next treatment to work, the steroids haven't. If I can help in any way then I will, that is why I'm determined to get back onto this diet full swing.

Now the kids are back at school I can take my time over preparing my breakfast and lunch again. It's six weeks until they are off again so plenty of time to make a difference and hopefully I'll be more prepared for the next holiday so I don't slip so much.

I'm collecting recipes via Pinterest and various other places.




I'm looking forward to trying some new things in the coming weeks. I'm also hoping that I can shed a few pounds (or stones) too. The goal posts have been moved after today's shock.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Sunday Photo - 23rd April 2017

packwood house gardens yew tree garden













As you may have gathered from yesterday's post, we had a trip to Packwood House during in the Easter Holiday. I took so many photos and I still have more to share. So this weeks Sunday Photo is of the yew tree garden. I couldn't get any close because there was no way I could climb those steps *insert sad face*  I will go back one day when I'm better and do it!

Someone who visited Packwood House described it as 'A house to dream of and a garden to dream in.' The house is indeed lovely, but the gardens are truly beautiful and with the spring flowers just starting to bloom it gives you a promise of a garden of summer colour. I will definitely come back in the summer.

There was this lovely tree in the garden at the back entrance to the house. Our visit was coming to an end at this point which was lucky as it was just starting to rain. I love the blossom on the trees in the background too. And how fabulous is that lovely stained glass round window.



Photalife

Sunday Snap

Friday, 21 April 2017

Packwood House - Our First National Trust Outing.

We decided to join the National Trust this year for the first time as an incentive to get us out and about. We have already researched all the places we can visit nearby and plan to visit as many as possible as well as venturing further afield during the school holidays.

We always have the problem of not knowing where to go or not having enough money. We love visiting places of history and information so the National Trust properties should be great for us. Then you have the wide open spaces and gardens which will be great for the kids to run around and explore.

We ventured out on our first journey last week to a fairly local place, Packwood House. We pre-booked as it's busy at Easter Time and the kids were excited to do the Cadbury Egg Hunt.

Packwood House is a Tudor House originally built in the 16th Century but much restored. It is in Lapworth, Warwickshire. There are other National Trust properties to visit nearby if you are travelling far.
front of Packwood House in Warwickshire




























 Before we looked around the house the kids embarked on their Easter Egg Hunt in the welly walk.
I had arrived in my wheelchair, but on entering I was asked if I would like to use the 'Stomper' which was a four wheeled mobility scooter! Hubby Graham said yes straight away, it's hard work for him pushing me around. It's good when I can get around by myself because it leaves Graham free to run around with the kids, and keep a closer eye on them. As it happens, it worked out even better for us because I couldn't get through into the welly walk Egg Hunt as the entrance was a 'kissing gate.' It wasn't just the scooter, I wouldn't have got through in my wheelchair either and we probably would have had to abandon the hunt altogether. So, Graham was able to go on ahead with the kids while I went back to the other buildings with Star who wasn't feeling very well. We rested and waited for the others to catch us up.

Then we had a picnic before continuing on to explore the house and it's gardens.

I think the house is best described by the photos I took, so here are some collages.

Packwood House, interior photos

Packwood House, interior

Packwood House





































The kids enjoyed looking around the house and were excited at finding the carrots which earned them a special sticker before they left.

I didn't mange to get upstairs, so I'm afraid I've no photos of the bedrooms myself, but here is a college of the ones my hubby took.

Packwood House, interior, upstairs





































The kids were mostly in there element while out in the gardens of Packwood House though. They loved running through the giant Yew Trees which were really impressive and I was so jealous that I couldn't get up the steps to them.
They also enjoyed walking around the lake and viewing the gorgeous bluebells which where everywhere. Really exciting was the Inside Out House, which was built from bits of furniture from inside the house.

The kids in the Yew Tree Garden
Hubby was rather proud of this photo as he was trying to recreate an album cover from one of his favourite bands, Ocean Colour Scene. 

The Inside Out House
 What a great idea, building a house from old furniture, I wish I could do something like this!

The Inside Out House






















We had a lovely day out and will definitely visit again, maybe for a picnic in the summer, and hopefully Star will be feeling better too.

bluebells






















Country Kids

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Word of the Week - Holiday

I didn't manage to link up to Word of the Week last week. It was a combination of having the kids around and not being very well. We didn't really have a bad week though. I enjoy having the kids home and not having to get up and ready early each morning. We managed a trip out on Good Friday with an Easter Egg hunt at Packwood house. Í'll be posting about that tomorrow. Then on Saturday we did some chocolate crafts by making chocolate bark and chocolate bunnies. Eldest son joined in and managed to make a solid chocolate bunny rather than a hollow one. It took some eating!

chocolate bark

chocolate shapes


We had our own Easter Egg hunt in the house on Easter Sunday, I named all the eggs to save the kids arguing.

We've had another week of holiday this week and Star doesn't go back to school until Thursday next week. When she does she'll be moving into a brand new building.

The weather changed this week which means we haven't been out so much. Hubby Graham managed to have a trip out with the Little Man to the Bluebell woods we visited a few weeks ago, and the bluebells were out in full bloom this time. Then yesterday we went out to a Brewer's Fayre restaurant for a meal. The food was ok but it took so long to get served and we waited for nearly an hour between our main course and desserts. The kids didn't get much time to play in the play area, but they did blow off some steam outside with their Dad.

I'm not looking forward to the end of the Easter Holiday but it's exciting to think that the next school holiday we will be going to Weymouth for the week.

Also, next Monday, I'm going to see my consultant at the new Rare Diseases Clinic and hopefully he will put me forward for Intravenous Immunoglobulin which I've heard can really help my symptoms. There are also very bad side effects that some people experience but I'm willing to give anything a go if it will ease my pain, even if it's only for a week or two. I'm hopeful at least.



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