Saturday, 25 August 2012


Hi everyone!

Well, I  have managed to get some time off from work - yay!!!!  I have been soooooo tired lately, what with a hectic schedule and some illness so it is lovely to kick back and spend time with my family.

It has been a busy time nevertheless - No. 1 son did fantastically well with his results and has got his first choice of uni, no. 2 son did fantastically well in his first year at college, no.3 son did fantastically well with his gcse's so gets to do his choice of A levels, and one and only daughter did fantastically well in year 9 and gets to do her choice of gcse's!!  Phew!!!  So all in all they are moving forward in the direction they want to go in, which, as a parent, is just such a massive relief!!!!  Im very thankful that they have all achieved such good results, and am a very proud Mum!

For those of you who saw my last post you will know that I had a brief visit to London last weekend.  Since then I have been busy enjoying myself - we had friends to stay with us for  few days, which was lovely.  We ended up on the final day visiting Manchester where my friend's daughter will be starting uni.  So we had a good snoop around, checked where her halls are (these passed the mum and friend scrutiny lol) and then went to our favourite Middle Eastern eatery, yum yum.

Then on Thursday I went with DH and DD for a tootle round the Peak District, ending up at Matlock Bath

It was lovely to visit on a weekday as it gets seriously crowded at weekends, especially with thousands of motorcyclists!  Which is all good, but trying to find a parking space is a nightmare.  I love the reflections in the first picture.

From Sept through the end of October the village holds the Illuminations and Venetian Nights festival.  The technical people were just finishing putting up the lights - here is a dragonfly darting above the river

These look great when lit up at night as they reflect in the fast moving water of the river below.

This was taken before 5pm, it was quite a dull day.

We came across some highly entertaining feathered friends

They set off honking like mad to the other side of the river - they thought they had spotted someone with food....

Hoping to return very soon to have a go on one of these:

Well, the sun is shining, so off to hang out some washing....have a great day, whatever it is you get up to!!



  1. Gosh I was nervous enough with one child doing exams - let alone 3! Well done to your daughter too - little son starts his GCSE's in September too.

  2. Well done to your children for all doing so well, you must be very proud!

    Lovely photos, I've only ever seen lights like that up for Christmas here, the elephant and dragonfly look much more interesting though! :) x

  3. Well done to all your kids, I'm glad you have found some time to relax, we have a lot of catching up to do when things get back to 'normal'
    Sue Xxx

  4. Hope you are feeling much better must be doing washing LOL!
    I like to go to Matlock occasionally, it's sometimes called 'Little Switzerland'.
    Well done to your kids!

    Sandie xx

  5. Congrats on your kids wonderful accomplishments, they must be very bright. Love your beautiful pictures, glad you are getting a bit of time to decompress.

  6. Oh I love Matlock!!! I'm glad you had a good time! xx

  7. Well done to all your sons, and to you for being there to support them through it all! Have a great celebratory weekend! Ada :)

  8. Oh that's just brilliant! Ma sha Allah, they all did so well! So happy for you and for them! And I remember going "up North" and visiting Matlock Bath as a teen once :) Lovely pics!

  9. It looks like you've been having a fun time! Thanks for sharing the great photos!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Great news about your children, they've all done really well!


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