Thursday, 23 April 2015

Why I'm Doing the Race For Life

I've signed up for the Race For Life. Part of me is thinking 'what the heck have I done?' but I know that it's something I really want to do. I can't run, some days I have difficulty walking, but I want to do something now, raise some money, make a difference, just do something so I can say that I did it.

My walk/race is on 28th June and it's only 5k. I can do that, if it's a good day I might even be able to jog a little. I'm giving myself eight weeks to train, that's plenty of time.

So why am I doing it?

In 2008 I lost my mum to cancer. She didn't stand a chance, from diagnosis to death was a matter of weeks, not months or years. Despite already being ill and having regular check-ups and x-rays, her cancer was very aggressive. Thankfully it's not always like that and a lot of people have a fighting chance. More and more are surviving cancer and with more research that number will keep on increasing.

My Twitter and Facebook friend Gavin went to the dentist to have his wisdom tooth out. It turned out something wasn't right and he was sent for more checks. He had cancer. He fought but lost his battle.

My next door neighbour Marie also lost her battle with cancer a few days after we moved away. She was not much older than me.

My friend Clare found out she had cancer when she found a lump after having her first baby. She fought her battle for five years, all the time knowing it was going to take her one day because it was so aggressive.

My friend Alexandra is currently winning her battle and my friend Maggie has just begun hers. I wish I had a magic wand for them but I don't. Doing this race gives me the chance to give a little bit towards their battles.

So many people. I do remember when I didn't know anyone who had battled cancer, but now, not only do I know all these, practically everyone I know knows someone. It's scary. We have to do something, anything, we have to find ways to beat this awful disease.

So over the next couple of months I will be giving you updates on how I'm getting on. I will be telling you about my own battles that I have to face to do this. I do hope you will support me along the way.

I'm not very good at asking for things but I'm going to pop my JustGiving page link wherever I can over the next two months. If you see it and you can spare a little to sponsor me then that will make it all worth while and I will thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Going For Gold

Last Friday I attended a special awards assembly at the littlies school for attendance. Now Boo and the Little Man are no strangers to receiving 100% attendance awards despite their sister having so much time off sick and in hospital, we have tried really hard to keep them in a routine of attending school regularly.

This was the first time for Star though, her first term back at school after thirteen months off and she gets a gold award. Truly an amazing achievement.

I'm proud of all three of my little ones. We don't always have an easy time with school, but we all try really hard and it shows.

Star and the Little Man wouldn't pose for photos with their awards so here is my beautiful Boo showing off hers.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Kids the Kitchen - Pear Tart Tatin

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Pear Tart Tatin

I've never made tart tatin before so I decided to ask Boo to help me make one. We chose pears for our fruit. There is some hot pan cooking to do so it's probably not a good recipe for little ones, but Boo is getting very good at stirring hot pans. If the Little Man had been able to tear himself away from Minecraft to help he could have rolled the pastry, all kids love that job. 

So, after looking up loads of recipes I was surprised at how easy making a tart tatin was. Basically you cook your filling and put it in a pan and then cover it with puff pastry and cook it in the oven...upside down. Then you turn it over to serve. This keeps the fruit nice and juicy and the pastry dry and puffed.

We kept ours quite simple, but now we've made one I'm sure we will be experimenting more.


100g butter
100g caster sugar
3 pears, peeled, cored and cut in half
1 cinnamon stick
1 packet of puff pastry


roll out the pastry and use the tin to cut around a circle 
put the butter and sugar in a large frying pan and cook until hot then add the cinnamon stick
add the pear pieces and stir until covered
turn down heat a little and cook pears until soft and caramelized
arrange the pears in the bottom of the tin
cover with the pastry circle
bake for around 20 minutes until pastry is golden
leave to cool for about 10 minutes then put a plate over the tin and turn upside down until the tart comes out onto the plate.
serve warm with whipped cream

Not the prettiest of desserts, but very tasty.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

My Sunday Photo

This week I bring you the Bell Tower of the wonderful Bournville Carrilon

The tower is actually the entrance to a primary school.

The copper cupola above the tower houses 48 bells, but this is no ordinary bell tower because the bells are not rung by ropes but by a carillon. The bells are fixed and don't move, the sound is made by the clippers or tongues of the bells and these are worked by a kebyoard called a clavier.

Here is a short video of the Carillon being played. The sound doesn't really do it justice as it's much nicer from the outside. It's an amazing instrument though, I'm sure you will agree.


I am very lucky to live near the Bournville Carillon and on a sunny Saturday afternoon there is nothing nicer than sitting on the village green opposite and listen to it being played.

If you ever visit Cadbury World in Birmingham be sure to take a look, it's just across the road.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Gadget Show Live 2015

I've always been a big fan of the Gadget Show and was thrilled to be able to attend the Gadget Show Live this year at Birmingham NEC. The Gadget show is filmed in Birmingham and aired on Channel 5. It's been around since 2004 and each show offers advice on the latest consumer electronics to hit the market and the latest development in gadgets. The Gadget Show is sponsored by Currys PCWorld.

As well as visiting the exhibition and having a nosey at all the latest new technology I also got to see the Live Show in the Super Theatre, get to take a look around back stage and meet and greet with the stars of the TV show. Truly a day to remember.

The show was really good fun, there was some audience participation with some chosen kids in the audience being asked some very difficult questions in return for some nice prizes. (They were given a lot of help with their answers!) We also had a race which was noise activated and we had to shout at the microphones to move our cars into different lanes on the big screens.
There was music provided by Afishal, a visual DJ...check him out,he's brilliant!

and dancing by Feeding the Fish, also brilliant, a visual treat.

Throughout the show prizes were being added to a golf cart for one lucky audience member to win at the end.

Then they had feature on Back to The Future. In the films the main character travels to the future...2015, so they talked about the thing that were mentioned in the film that have been invented now, and those that haven' the hoverboard!
Then they brought on Jason Bradbury's brilliant DeLorean made up just like the time machine from the films.

The show finished with more music and dancing and the winner of the prize bundle was announced.

After the show I was able to get a closer look at the DeLorean which was a thrill as I am a huge fan of Back to the Future. Then we went back stage to see how things worked which was all really interesting. I've never been backstage before.

Finally we had a meet and greet with the presenters of the show.

All the presenters were really lovely. I didn't get a photo with Amy Williams M.B.E. but my daughter did. She was thrilled to meet a female group and stated that most females that turned up were either dragged along by their partners or their children. Then she seemed to assume that my daughter had dragged me along when actually it was the other way around. So, yay for female gadget geeks, but don't forget they can also be middle aged female gadget geeks.
We also had chats with Jon Bentley, who has promised to read my blog, Ortis Deley and Jason Bradbury. It was really nice to meet them all.

Then it was time to take a look around the exhibition. I do love going to exhibition and the Gadget show is great in that it's not all focused on buy this buy that but there is so much more to see and do. We watched a great round of Robo Challenge where we watched Little Hitter, Mini Mighty Mouse and Wedgie battle it out, with Little Hitter winning the round.

There were retro games consoles and retro computers you could take a go on. Nothing I'd not really seen before, but nice to see again.

I was fascinated by the 3D printers.

I'm sure that these will soon be quite the norm in many households in the future.

At the Gadget Wheels Race Track you could take a turn on a Segway, a Hovertrax, an Airwheel or an Evolve Skateboard. It looked fun but queues were long.

For the younger kids there was the Kids Tech toy Trail which included Crayola Colour Alive, Real FX, I Que and My Friend Freddy Bear.

The show was a real treat with so much to see and do, and things to buy as well. I'll definitely be going again next year.

Super Busy Mum

Disclaimer: I was given tickets to attend the Gadget Show Live, all thoughts and opinions are my own.