Tuesday, 8 July 2014

and then there were three

This is Percival

We've had him around 10 days. He didn't have a good start to life being born in somebody's garden. He and his family were eventually taken in by a friend of mine whose relative's garden it was they were born in. Local charities didn't have room so she did a bit of fostering in return for a neutering voucher for the mother.  Mother got neutered as soon as the kittens were weaned and as far as I know was taken in by the lady whose garden she gave birth in.  One went off to a new home and my friend kept one leaving this one needing a forever home. I only had to see a photo to say yes and my husband was won over instantly aswell. 

What difference could one more pet make? We already have two dogs and two kittens who are a year old next month. The answer - a lot of difference. I still thought of Toby and Olly as kittens before we got Percival but in comparison they are adults. The main difference I guess is food and poop. More of both! 

He is quite a confident little chap and took to the dogs almost straightaway. Apart from an initial hiss on the first day he has been very accepting of them sticking their noses right up to him. They don't seem to be bothered in the least bit by his presence. The other cats still won't let the dogs that close.  Just after this picture he rolled onto his back and just allowed her to sniff him. 

The cats on the other hand have been less accepting. Toby is much better with him than Olly and seems to have accepted his little brother. 

Olly on the other hand is probably at a tolerating stage at the moment. He has hissed a lot and generally stayed away from him.  Olly's favourite position is parrot esque on top of my son's shoulder.

The last couple of days though all three cats have been in the same room voluntarily so progress is definitely happening. 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Birchbox UK May 2014 Review

First of all I need to applaud the Birchbox customer services department.  They sent me tracking for my box a while ago but it never arrived and the tracking turned out to be an invalid number.  I contacted them on Thursday afternoon, they replied Friday morning to say another box had been dispatched and it arrived in Saturday's post.  I hate Yodel which is their usual carrier and goodness knows where the original box went  but I'm happy Birchbox customer services sorted it out.
What a box it was as well.  In association with Harpers Bazaar the box is a lot more colourful than usual and unlike previous collaborations the actual box is printed rather than just being a normal box in a sleeve.

and here is what I got.

very rapid coat of this Soigne Nail Lacquer in cerise.  I only used one coat for the photo and it is very messy but I really like the colour and consistency.  You can tell it is a quality product.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Light Bath and Shower Oil.  This is a tiny one dose sample and I can't see that I would buy it.  First of all it is £39 and secondly oil and bath just do not mix in this house with the number of clumsy males.  We tried some before (a different brand) and no matter how light it promises to be there is always a slippy residue.  Smells gorgeous though.

Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo.  I can take or leave this type of product but if it is there I will use it especially in the summer when my hair frizzes so I tend not to wash it as much. 

I'll be honest and say I'm not a big fan of benefit products and I do prefer waterproof mascara for my stupid watery eyes at this time of year.  However I will definitely use it once the hayfever season is gone.

Imedeen Derma One tablets which are supposed to be anti ageing.  I am a bit sceptical about this type of product and need to do a bit of research before I decide to use them.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser  -  I love this product.  I ran out of cleanser this week and have been using a very old one which probably should be in the bin so when I saw this I was happy.  The idea is you massage the cleanser into dry skin and then wipe it off with the cloth which has been run under hot water.  I used it this morning and it felt wonderful.

Despite some of the items not really being my cup of tea so to speak I really like this box.  The cleanser is definitely my favourite closely followed by the nail lacquer.  Thumbs up Birchbox UK.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Day Trip To Skipton

We took a little trip to Skipton in North Yorkshire on Thursday. 

Two trains to get there

Unbelievably this old clunky train we got from Leeds goes all the way to Morecambe. I don't think I'd be impressed going on a cross Pennine journey on that but just over half an hour to Skipton was fine. 

We went on a boat up the canal and back again

We saw a man on a funny water bike thing having a photoshoot. It was to do with the Tour de France coming through the town this summer

Then we went to find a little cafe for something to eat. First one we walked into that wasn't too busy we were refused service. Apparently it was over 50s only. Empty aswell. I need to learn to read.  As much as I wanted to embrace going to a traditional cafe over fast food we were starving so ended up at Subway over the road. 

We had a little wander around the town and then made our way to a huge park over from the train station where my son could let off a bit of steam. 

I spent a few minutes taking in the surroundings and trying to take a bit of a panoramic view of the hill and beautiful trees. There were a fair few people in the playground with tiny people having lots of fun which was lovely to see. 

Then it was back on the train to Leeds. Posh one this time. Four minutes to get across the station for our connecting clunky train home or thirty four minutes for the next one. We made the four minutes with seconds to spare and home. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014


A couple from a trip we had today to Skipton in North Yorkshire.  First is a statue of Fred Trueman, a Yorkshire cricketer, and second a Tour de France banner.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

100 Happy Days - 34 to 36

Day 34 - crazy temperatures on bank holiday Monday.

Day 35 - my youngest has been pestering for his hair cutting into a quiff what feels like every minute of every day for the last few weeks. I finally took him yesterday. We went to a different barber shop to usual. This one was a Turkish barber and when he asked for a quiff the barber said did he mean a comb over which is popular right now and similar. Apparently so. He's chuffed to bits with it. Way too short at the back in my opinion but if he likes it and it's what he wants then I'm happy. 

Day 36 - my eldest son pressed the button on the UCAS website today. We have spent a lot of time and travelled a lot of miles to get to this point of making the firm choice. 4 of his 5 offers all had the same entry criteria of AAB and the other had a very low requirement so insurance was a choice of one. The big decision came down to two. One was a short distance from home and the other a couple of hours. His choice, which I respect, was a couple of hours away. It was the one university that stood out above the others for everything. He is happy so I am happy. No photo for this one.