My daughter has 3 reasons to hate football and decided to write to her Head teacher about them.

Reasons To Hate Football

Dear Mrs X

I think football should be banned every day.

Here are my reasons:

1. I don’t like being hit by a ball. Why should I be hit when I am not playing?

2. It can break windows and windows cost a lot!

3. It takes up all the room as well as friends falling out.

Because of these 3 reasons to hate football, I hope you do ban it at breaktimes.

Yours sincerely


So when it comes to football, is it a case of love or loathe?

Do you have any tips for encouraging your kids to be more active and will you join in?



Little Hearts, Big Love

I wanted to write about what it feels like when your parent becomes ill.

I hate being a grown-up sometimes.

My Dad was due to set off on holiday to France on Tuesday but my brother who he was going on with was hospitalized with a gall bladder issue. My Dad stayed in my brother’s house instead of coming home here so that he could do visits to him in hospital.

It seems in the last few days Dad has got progressively more ill. He is not a man who seeks help from others so it has taken time for us to realise this. He came back here today and my husband took him to hospital where they sat for hours to get some attention (so much for our delightful NHS!).

Dad has jaundice and the hospital took blood tests. They said they would telephone if there was a major concern and we had that call about half a hour ago. My dear Dad is on his way to being admitted in the big city hospital with my lovely (why don’t I remember that often enough) husband driving him there.

Dad is clearly ill, lacking in appetite and just weak and a little confused too I think. He is 85 so every little illness is a total worry and this doesn’t look like a small one.

I can’t think what I can do to make things better and I hate that feeling. Half of me is relieved that the medics are much better placed to help him and can at least ensure he gets some nourishment.

And the nursing sister who phoned me had the same tone of voice as the Marie Curie nurse who answered the phone the night mum died.

So I am scared. I wish the lovely idyllic time we have had here was not coming to an end.

There is too much going on for this mere woman’s brain to deal with.

I am trying to work out what I could have and could do better.

I am so bloody useless and that is what it feels like when your parent becomes ill.

At times like these, it is important to take care of your own mental wellbeing so you can care for those you love better.

Tapas recipe


1 baguette loaf, sliced diagonally
1 roasted red pepper, peeled and cut into strips
1 roasted yellow pepper, peeled and cut into strips
100g (3.5oz) roasted macadamia halves

4 large handfuls of basil leaves
160g (5.5oz) unsalted macadamias
3 cloves garlic, peeled
125mL (4 fl oz) olive oil
65g (2.5oz) freshly grated parmesan
1 /2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Make the pesto first: wash and dry the basil leaves thoroughly.
2. Put them in a food processor or blender with the macadamias and garlic and process until well combined. Scrape down sides and process again. Add the parmesan and salt, process again, then slowly drizzle in oil, keeping the machine running. Process until smooth. Scrape pesto into a tightly sealed jar or plastic container until ready to use – a film of oil over the top will help to preserve it.
3. Store in refrigerator.
4. Toast the bread slices in a moderate oven until just turning golden. Remove, cool and store in an airtight container until ready to use. Just before serving, spread each piece with the pesto.
5. Top with a slice of red and yellow pepper and scatter over a few roasted macadamia pieces.

Makes approximately 30 pieces.

Do you have any good tapas recipes to share?

Do you prefer to go out to a tapas restaurant when you fancy a tempting treat?

What are my reasons to be cheerful this week?

What Are My Reasons To Be Cheerful

1. Husband – we seem to be getting on very well at the moment. Lots of laughter, fun and spontaneity.

2. House-hunting – although the fact we have to move came as a bit of shock to the system, we are adapting now and enjoying looking at possibilities. Last night, we went on a drive to identify which locations might work best for us. Keep everything crossed that we find the right place and soon.

3. House – my lovely Dad has found a house with my brother that suits them both. It is even in a place beginning with H so I am certainly doing well on the H theme set by Michelle over at Mummy from the Heart this week. I don’t want to split up from Dad but it is the only way to move forwards for now.

4. Hosting – I have a new self-hosted website and I am rather excited about it. The address might fit in with “I” for next week.

5. Happiness about 3 lovely glowing school reports, about it looking like my husband might have a job interview coming up and about having friends who are there for me in times good and bad.

Short but sweet this week.

What are you chirpy about? Asking yourself “What are my reasons to be cheerful?” really can get you through the challenges life throws your way.

What are your helpful and unhelpful ways of thinking?

Now do a hop over to and see what other folks are smiling about this week.

A Country Suite by Fiona Bennett

Do you listen to music? Are you set in your ways or are you open to new ideas?

I want to highly recommend A Country Suite, the most beautiful CD by Fiona Bennett.

There are 9 pieces of music on the CD. I like to play them when doing mundane jobs as somehow time passes pleasantly whilst playing this CD. It makes my mind wander to places much nicer that the washing up bowl in front of me.

Some pieces of music on the CD calm me and others move me. I think it is the sort of album that will be enjoyed in a unique way by the individual listening to it.

Fiona is a mum to two boys Dominic and Zachary. She also has greyhounds called Amber and Cleopatra. She seems rooted in family life both with her boys and by dedicating this album to her parents Mo and Des who did all they could to find her a wonderful piano teacher in Mary Rees. Fiona credits this lady with changing her life.

I sense the countryside means a lot to Fiona and this comes across in her work. There is a sense of the strength of nature and country traditions, a feeling that everything will pass and all will be OK.

Do you find music helps you deal with stress in your everyday life?