Farming life……

I’m a farmers daughter, but I have no interest in farming whatsoever, but however much my lack of interest, I will defend the majority of the farming community to the hilt! I’ll happily follow a tractor for miles, but not a horse box!

I grew up with my parents working the land, whether it be in a car seat strapped in the tractors, or with a rope tied around my waist and the rope attached to a pole stuck in the ground in the middle of a field so we couldn’t run away.  Back then childcare wasn’t really a thing, if you had a child you looked after it yourself, it wasn’t the done thing to expect anyone to look after your child unless in an emergency, anyway, both sets of my grandparents worked. My mum worked the land beside my dad, because they couldn’t afford to do anything different. It certainly did us no harm.

I have three older siblings my big Bro, Sis J and Sis M.  Until I was in my teens, my mum was always home when we got home from school…..in the later years, during the winter, my parents could usually be found in the yard grading potatoes.

Life was hard, but my parents ALWAYS made sure that we went on holiday every year.  Sometimes it was the local seaside (45 mins away) others it was further afield.  We never wanted for anything, but we never had everything either, money wasn’t to be wasted.  We never went hungry.

We all used to help whether it be hoeing the weeds out of sugar beet, wringing off onions or harvesting and grading potatoes.  Me, I never enjoyed it, but it was one of those things where we all mucked in and got on with it, because if we didn’t those luxuries (such as a trip to Sunny Hunny on a Sunday evening for chips) never happened.  Bro got married, and his wife T started to help out on the land, J married a farmer, and M worked for a company that sold potato and sugar beet harvesters, me, I went away from it, but always helped if I was needed when I got home from work.

The one day that dad very rarely worked, was a Sunday….if he did work on a Sunday, it was usually to combine wheat, because when it was ready , it was ready, the weather doesn’t care for what day of the week it is, and it costs a fortune to dry.  We were brought up as Methodists, Sunday was a day of rest (dad spent most of it sleeping), we all went to the local Sunday School. (Our Methodist Chapel was built though funds which dads mum helped to raise).  My parents still attend the chapel.

Growing up on a farm was great, I could often be found in the summer holidays, curled up with a book, on a few bales of straw with cats or kittens in my lap. We were taught the hazards from an early age, and knew where we could and couldn’t go to be safe.  We also had Jersey/Guernsey cows for the families milk, I used to love riding on the back of one of the cows from the field to the milking shed.  We had the healthiest cats around, they always had the first little bit of milk from the cow. I used to love drinking that milk, warm straight from the cow, but I couldn’t stomach it now.

It’s amazing how thing change over the years……

Dad retired though ill health….he’s under mum’s feet all of the time now.

Bro works for a local farmer, T is a school dinner lady.  Their kids all girls all do something different one is a hairdresser, another works at a local vets and the other qualified in theatre makeup. One is married to an agricultural worker, one is married to a agricultural machinery sales rep, the other is with a railway worker.

Sis J married a farmer, their boys are all farmers, married to girls who love the farm life.

Sis M used to work for an agricultural company.

I went into local government.

Slimming World

Week 10…….

Sooo…..this week I lost 2lb…….happy with that especially after last week! I still blame the full length jeans!!

Saturday: A good start, scambled eggs with baked beans for breakfast.  Then it went wrong for the weekend…..we had a 1st Birthday Party to go to….iut would have been rude not to eat the food supplied…..I did take the skin off of the chicken and had some salad, but it was the pork pie, cocktail sausages, little slices of pizza, coleslaw, potato salad………  In the evening I was good, chip shop fish with batter removed and mushy peas!  Too many syns…..

Sunday: Cod roe for breakfast, Healthy extra bread with it – a couple of syns for the oil and flour.  Then it went wrong again, the friend who held the party Saturday needed some emergency help……ended up eating a couple or five mini sausage rolls and a slice of birthday cake, once the emergency was sorted.  Road pork and veg for dinner, and yogurt for desert.  Some fruit today!  Not as many sys as yesterday, but still too many!!!!

Monday:  Planning to be as good as possible today.  Weetabix and banana for breakfast.  a few bits of fruit. Chicken Salad for lunch.  I have a packet of Walkers French Fries…..going to try and be good and leave them in the draw…..like that was going to happen! Veg with toad in the hole (Yorkshire pud with sausages) and gravy for dinner. Around 15 suns today.

This isn’t looking good for syns so far this week…….😳

Tuesday: Overnight oats with blueberries for breakfast.  Chicken salad for lunch. A lot of fruit. Dinner was fish, chips and mushy peas (not from the chip shop).  Around 15 syns today.

Wednesday: Weetabix for breakfast. Ham salad for lunch, with loads of fruit.  Sausage (Slimmers version) egg, chips (SlimmingWorld style) and beans for dinner.  I’ve also discovered that McVities Digestive thins (with chocolate) are only 1.5 syns per biscuit.  So 5 syns today.

I have a grumpy MIL at the mo, she gained 1/2lb last week.  She seems to be losing her motivation.  I’m trying to help, but……  It’s her birthday in a couple of weeks, so my plan is to buy her incentive clothes, just the one size smaller than she is, but something to help her.

Thursday: Weetabix and banana for breakfast. More fruit! Spaghetti Hoops in tomato sauce with left over sausages and yogurt for lunch.  The fine dining of McDonalds for dinner….grilled chicken and bacon salad with balsamic dressing.  3 syns today.

Friday: Overnight oats and blueberries for breakfast. Chicken salad for lunch. Loads of fruit Disaster for dinner, did an emergency trip to A& E for a friend with her little girl, had Burger King Chicken Royale with cheese and bacon and Mozzarella sticks. Too many syns. 

Wonder what weigh in will bring!

London Moonwalk

Must go walkies…….

I haven’t done any training at all so far for the Moonwalk, stupidly after all the walking at festivals etc over the summer, I haven’t carried it all on…..

Grumpy is upping her game big style….she doing a lot of running, and has managed to get a place in the 2018 London Marathon too……  So it’s all about 5K runs and half marathons with her at the moment.  She’s even got her husband and girls (aged 8 & 5) doing the 5K stuff with her.

I will start properly soon……..

Must get back to the gym………

Personal Stylist


I’m going to properly start this now……

It’s been 6 months since I signed up for this course, I’ve now paid for it all (did it over instalments) and I have all the tutorials (12 of them) and all of the assignments (8 of them).  I’ve been reading tutorial 1 on and off, have made some notes, that mean nothing as it’s been a while, but not got any further.

Over the weekend, I went out and got myself a nice shiny iPad Pro, with pencil and keyboard, to help me on this mission.  Why such a toy well…….

  1. It is a lot smaller and easier to carry around than a Tesco Trolls shopping bag with a huge folder and loads of paper.
  2. It means that everything can be typed up straight away, rather than writing it all down and then typing it all up.
  3. It also means that I can take it everywhere with me and do bits as and when I can, at lunchtimes, at the bf’s, on the train, rather than snatching half hour or so on the (very) occasional evening when I get home from work.

It’s an expensive way of giving myself a kick, but I need to do this, and I’ve now got no reason not to. Otherwise I will get a lot of grief from the bf, because it was a lot of money, the pencils aren’t cheap, and my reason for the Pro and pencil was so that I can draw over adverts etc for my assignments.  I’ve only got the keyboard because John Lewis did a great offer £60 off if you buy the pencil and keyboard together.  The other great thing is that for some reason John Lewis was selling the 9.5 iPad Pro 256GB for £60 less than Apple, if you had a gold one….bargain I thought, so technically the keyboard only cost me around £40….

Soooooo……..hopefully assignment one will be done and submitted within the next couple of weeks………



Slimming World

Week 9…..

Hmmmm…….1lb on this week…..oh well, onto a new week! According to my club rep, I’ve got a good positive attitude towards it all regardless. As far as I’m concerned I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before!!   I blame the fact that I’m now wearing full length not 3/4 length jeans and socks!! 🤣

I’ve had to resort to sweetners in my tea…..have really been struggling without having sugar…..

Saturday: Weetabix for breakfast. Lunch was chicken, boiled eggs, spinach, bananas and a tangerine. Dinner was fish & chip shop cod and haddock (batter removed on both) with mushy peas, a muller yogurt, fruit and Alpen light bars. 6 syns today. 

Sunday: cheesy scrambled eggs with baked beans on toast for brunch. Loads of fruit and a Jaffa Cake Allen bar. For dinner roast chicken, veg, gravy and pigs in blankets and muller light summer fruits yogurt. 5.5 syns today. 

Monday: Weetabix for breakfast. Lots of fruit. Was taken out for lunch, menu was shocking, I had a chicken nugget type thing for starter, with Gammon, eggs, chips and pineapple for main…..I left most of the chips. For dinner, my mum did stew. A good 15-20 syns today.

Tuesday: Morning oats with blueberries for breakfast. The usual loads of fruit. I was really good and turned down a pork pie….I love pork pies!! For lunch I’m having SlimmingWorld Smokey tomato, bean and chorizo style sausage soup. Dinner was gammon with veg and a HiFi bar. 9 syns today. 

Wednesday: Morning oats for breakfast, with a banana. Fruit, fruit and more fruit. Ham salad and HiFi bar for lunch. Dinner…..my plan was SlimmingWorld chorizo sausages and chicken pasta, only Iceland didn’t have the sausages…..I ended up using proper chorizo 😕. Around 20syns today. ☹️

Thursday: Weetabix for breakfast. Ham salad and fruit for lunch and HiFi bar. McDonald’s grilled chicken salad with balsamic dressing for dinner. 6 syns today. 

Friday: Weetabix for breakfast. Some fruit. Subway chicken salad for lunch. McDonald’s chicken & bacon salad for dinner. About 8 syns today. 

Fingers crossed that the pound I gained last week has gone with more this week…….tomorrow we will see!!!

Slimming World

Week 8……

Soooo……..after a roller coaster week last week, I really struggled with the lack of biscuits and chocolate…..I lost 2lb! That’s 1st 1lb loss so far after 7 weeks! 😃  I got a nice shiny sticker to say I’ve lost 1stone!!

Saturday: Morning oats with blueberries today for breakfast. Lunch was scrambled eggs baked beans and ham. Some fruit today, but not much. It all went horribly wrong this evening….went to an all you can eat buffet.  It was a spur of the moment thing, we were out and needed food, and for £15.99, I wasn’t only going to eat what little salad and fruit they had, no excuses, but it was lovely! Millions of syns!

Sunday: Cod Roe for brunch with a slice of bread…after last night I didn’t worry too much about syns.  I had some fruit during the day, but not much.  Roast beef for dinner, with cheesecake for desert!  About 20 syns today 😦

Going to try and be really good the rest of this week…….

Monday: Weetabix for breakfast (the Healthy Extra). Loads of fruit.  Chicken Salad for lunch.  Off to see Marti Pellow this evening……dinner was another disaster…..after taking a long detour to the concert, we arrived to find there was no real food, so dinner was a packet of crisps and a triple chocolate cookie……about 30 syns today!

Saturdays class theme was reasons not excuses……..

Tuesday: Shredded wheat for breakfast.  A lot of fruit, and a couple of boiled eggs in between.  Chicken salad for lunch. Slimmingworld Spag Bol for dinner, with a tiny piece of Garlic bread.  Probably about 1 syn today with the garlic bread!

Wednesday: Overnight oats for breakfast, with the usual loads of fruit in between.  Left over Spag Bol for lunch (tasted quite good reheated.).  Local butcher slimmer sausages with SlimmingWorld chips eggs and beans for dinner.  2 syns today.

Thursday:  Weeabix for breakfast.  Feel really hungry this morning, eaten most of my fruit already….banana, apple, nectarine, grapes a plum, pear…..it’s only 11.30am.  Only got my salad with left over sausages from last night and a clementine left……might have to give in to the HiFi bar……will try not too!!! Well I gave in😳…..I had the mint HiFi bar…….it tasted soooo good!! Dinner was SlimmingWorld chicken nuggets and jacket spud with cheese (healthy extra) and baked beans. 6 syns today. 

Friday: Scrambled eggs with cheese and baked beans for breakfast. Since then it’s been not so good. A mint and a double choc HiFi bars (healthy extras!), some fruit, and tomatoes for lunch…… For dinner we had McDonalds, the bf ordered the wrong salad, so I had crispy chicken rather than grilled…oops…..!!

This week hasn’t been great so not expecting to have lost this week…..plus I plan to wear full length jeans rather than 3/4 length, I wonder how much they add……

Slimming World


I’m wondering if I should get the scales out to see how much heavier a full length pair of jeans are compared to 3/4 length……

I’m off to SlimmingWorld tomorrow morning, and it’s too cold to persevere with bare legs…. .however little is on show!! 

Then there’s the question of how much do socks weigh?

What about wearing long sleeved tops?

How much will a jacket or jumper weigh?

Will these items of clothing hinder my efforts?

Hmmmm…….now if I don’t lose weight this week…..can I use the excuse of longer jeans……