My Sunday Photo 24th February 2019

The Think Tank Science Museum, Birmingham

As a special treat I took the kids to the Think Tank Science Museum and here are a few of my favourite photos.


The day didn’t start too good when the kids decided that they didn’t really want to go out. Star said she only wanted to go to Mc Donald’s and wouldn’t go anywhere else. This caused tears and tantrums, until we came to a compromise and agreed to go to the Sea Life Centre instead.

So, first we had an early lunch in Mc Donald’s and then set off into to town for the Sea Life Centre.

The Sea Life Centre was fully booked!


We went back to plan A and ended up at the Think Tank. Star had no idea that this was where we had meant. She hadn’t asked and we hadn’t explained. We’d just said ‘the Think Tank’ and assumed she knew what we meant. We have been before, but it was a long time ago. Sometimes we forget that she needs a little more explanation. Especially as she doesn’t ask.

Fun and Learning

The Think Tank is essentially a science museum so there is lots of learning to be done, but it’s also lots of fun.

Animation Studio

You can take a kid away from the screens, but…you can’t take a kid away from the screens. They were everywhere, information videos, quizzes, and a rather fascinating animation studio which they loved.

There was lots to see and do though, and they had great fun. We finished the visit in the outside area which was great, especially as it turned out to be a really nice day.

Outside Science

It was a bad start, which got worse when the Sea Life Centre was shut, but it turned out to be a really good day. Thankfully we didn’t give up at the first (or second) hurdle.

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My Sunday Photo 4th November 2018

A Celebration of Autumn

Autumn trees at the bottom of my garden losing their leaves.

This weeks selection of photos are a celebration of Autumn. The trees at the bottom of my garden are fading fast, the once green leaves have been through stages of orange and red and are no a pale brown and yellow. Apart from the ones that just refuse to change, even leaves can be stubborn sometimes. I took this photo because I could see a reflection of the moon. But it’s hard to see now. Isn’t it strange how a blue sky like this a couple of months ago, set behind a row of bright green trees would paint a much warmer picture. 

A pumkpin carved with the Pokemon Salandit, a kind of salamander crossed with a dragon.
Salandit pumpkin

This year we went back to Pokemon stencils for our pumpkins. I’ve already shown lots of pics of them but I thought Salandit deserved a second showing, maybe because it’s the photo that came out the best. The others looked just as impressive on our front doorstep on Halloween. 

A dark image with the sparkle of a firework
A Firework Fountain

Finally, Autumn would not be complete without bonfire night and fireworks. We went to a friend’s house for a garden display last night and although we had a lovely evening I think the decision is made that  we won’t be doing this again.  I have never really been a fan of garden fireworks although I like big displays. Last night the cold was too much for me and the noises set of my startle reflex. The Little Man and Boo lasted for a couple of fireworks but really didn’t like the noise and ended up going inside. Star, surprised me by lasting a little longer but she was with a good friend so I guess that helped. 

a bright sparkler against a dark background

One thing all the kids really enjoyed though was the sparklers. I think we would have been better off buying a hundred packs of these and letting the kids run around with them. It probably would have been cheaper too! 

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My Sunday Photo 28th October 2018


my two girls dressed up as witches when they were much younger, the photo has been turned to black and white and distressed.
Hubble bubble toil and trouble

It’s Halloween week and we are on half term, yay! On Monday we are going to a local farm to pick our pumpkins and carve them in a special workshop. Here is our photo from last years efforts.

a line of my three children with their carved pumpkins with a purple witch.
Pumpkin carving at Becketts Farm

The kids are planning to take their own templates this year to carve. I think last year was the first time they carved alone, I’ve usually done most of the work. I don’t mind but it can be hard work and the mess is horrible. So I’m glad we’ve found somewhere to go and do it, we just bring the carved pumpkins home so no mess, and the kids will be provided with all the tools needed and assisted with their carving.

Here’s Some I Made Earlier

Three carved pumpkins lit up in the dark.
Three carved pumpkins

I’ve a big feeling that the templates will be pokemon ones as that’s what they have requested for me to carve in the past.

I don’t think we will be doing much this Halloween. The kitten has to go in for his pre-op in the evening so the kids will have no-one to go trick or treating with. We will probably have neighbourhood kids knock on the door so I’ll have some treats ready for them. 

My kids have not really enjoyed dressing up for years now, the Little man is only eight, but he’s never enjoyed dressing up, even though he’s had some fabulous costumes like The Gruffalo and Scooby Doo. So, we’ll leave out the costumes for this year. Maybe we’ll celebrate with a kid friendly spooky movie like Casper and some Halloween baking treats. 

Here are some Halloween baking treats we’ve made in the past.

Pumpkin and Orange Cake

Meringue Ghosts and Chocolate Sweet Cake

Night Terror Torte

Toe Nail Dusted Sweet Cakes

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My Sunday Photo – 6th May 2018

Are you enjoying the sunshine this weekend?

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago while I was at The Retreat. It’s the view from my bedroom first thing in the morning and the sun was shining.

The sun is shining this morning too, I’d have watched the sunrise this morning if my window was not West facing. I was listening to the birds around 4.30 am. knowing that it would soon be morning. I’d been awake nearly all night after catching a sickness bug from my darling offspring.

Yesterday we spent lounging around in the living room with the curtains drawn and the fan on. We tried opening the patio doors but the neighbours were enjoying the sunshine with a BBQ and very loud music. I was partly jealous that they were having so much fun, partly annoyed that they didn’t shut up all day. We were sick, we wanted peace.

The kids had been up all night the night before so they were getting better by bedtime. Thankfully, they were still tired and went to bed pretty easily. Graham had gone out and I was parenting alone, and by the time they went to bed I was feeling very, very ill myself.

I was clever though. I didn’t eat much yesterday. It’s hard to find an appetite around poorly kids. So all day I’d eaten just a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast. The big kids were staying well out of the way and only came down for dinner which was a take out. The little ones hadn’t been in the kitchen all day so it was deemed a ‘safe’ area. I joined them for a while but I still didn’t feel like eating so I left them too it.

Then after retiring to bed at the same time as the kids, I’d been up all night the night before, I was ill myself.

I think the worst of it was being unable to take my medication so that meant no sleep all night for me.

This morning I am feeling rather delicate, but it will be a slow day for recovery.

And hey, we still have another day this weekend. Maybe tomorrow we will all be well and able to enjoy the sunshine. Fingers tightly crossed.

Finally, how about a sunset photo. After all, tomorrow is another day.



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My Sunday Photo – 8th April 2018

a bear made of crochet in brown wool with a  white dress, green cardigan and red boots, sitting on the sofa

Say hello to Nancy Bear. She’s my prototype and I made an unbelievable amount of mistakes making her. But she’s been well loved by Boo who has asked me for more.

So now I’m just finishing of Lucy Mouse, who has turned out a little better. I am learning. I can’t show you photo of her because I’ve not made her any clothes yet, I will preserve her modesty.

Next up, Star wants me to make a fox and a cat. I think I’m going to be very busy for the next few months. I didn’t think the Little Man would be interested but he’s also asked me to make him a cat.

I love to crochet, it helps to relax me and I love creating things. Do you have any hobbies?



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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.