Weymouth Beach After School

The thing I miss most about Syd being at school and Betsy being off at Uni now is our spontaneous adventures. When he was at home and Betsy had whole mid-week days free at college, we would often have days out to explore – visiting the local coastline, manor houses… View Post

Lemon Drizzle Cake

It was my fella’s 50th birthday┬álast weekend, and birthdays call for cake. His favourite is Lemon Drizzle Cake, and if you can’t have your favourite cake on your 50th birthday I am not sure when you can!


Hello. I am not here. Obviously. I am studying for my new OU course. Except that I am here, because I am easily distracted. Since I sat down an hour ago the most productive thing I have done is this….

Vegetarian Steak and Ale Hotpot

The recent freezing weather called for some proper traditional warming grub. We are a family of veggies, bar the teenager, but that doesn’t stop us hankering after a good old hotpot. On this occasion I made it using quorn steak strips, but you could replace that with veggie burgers chopped… View Post


Fifty. The decade of cardigans, cruises and creaky joints. Well. I have always been partial to a cardigan, a cruise would be a vomit fest due to my wobbly inner ear and my joints have been creaky for a long time. But then again I am only 42, it is… View Post

Pavement Pounding

Syd starting school in September bought about many changes, one of which being a change from being relatively sedentary (well, as much as you can be with small people in the house!), to now walking 5 miles a day, 5 days a week.  

Oreo Cake

OK. All pretense is gone – this cake isn’t even masquerading as healthy by having fruit in it – instead it is a biscuit flavoured cake. Obvs I wasn’t going to lose weight with apple cake anyway, and the reason I made this one this week is that Oreo cake… View Post

Back to Education

As regular readers may recall, I found my eldest going off to uni coinciding with my youngest starting school a bit tricky, not only emotionally but it also left me feeling a little redundant! After a suitable period of mourning (for that read: overusing Netflix – I really recommend Jessica… View Post

Apple Crumble Cake

And so my dalliance with fruit cake combos continues, having tried┬ábanana bread and cherry muffins, this week I let Syd choose – and he asked me to use apples, so I decided to make an Apple Crumble Cake.